Andrea Carson Barker

Writer and supporter of contemporary art and design

Andrea Carson Barker is a writer and a passionate supporter of artists and designers, particularly in Toronto and York Region, where she runs a social enterprise providing affordable studios, a mentorship program, business development, commissioning and other opportunities for artists.

Trained as an art critic in the U.K. where she received her Masters degree in Art Criticism from City University, she founded View on Canadian Art, one of Canada’s first and most widely read culture blogs, which she published from 2005 until 2015. She was founding curator of the daily online art auction site in 2011 and in 2016 she hosted Artland, a web-tv interview show.

Andrea continues to write exhibition and artist texts. She speaks regularly on contemporary art and public art at venues including the City of Markham, Art Toronto, the Artist Project, the Gladstone Hotel and Soho House.

She is a member of the City of Toronto Public Art Commission and sits on the advisory board of OCAD University’s professional gallery, Onsite at OCAD.