Bharti Parmar | Biography




STEAMhouse Birmingham UK


Bharti Parmar is a visual artist and academic living and working in the UK who has exhibited widely for over twenty five years. Her work is about the intersections between art and craft, with recent practice focusing on veneers and subverting the technique of marquetry.


Her concerns are situated partly within the Surrealist-derived engagement with the ‘overlooked’ (once popular artforms or amateur art practices), and also within non-Eurocentric debates to thinking about art and culture. The work is presented in a variety of formats ranging from print, photographic installation, sculpture to embroidery.


Bharti Parmar studied at the Royal College of Art London and has a doctorate in fine art which examines the poetics of Victorian material culture. She has been a board member of several arts organisations and consultancy panels and is a regular speaker in the fields of material culture studies, textiles, craft, Empire and the postcolonial archive.