Richard Bartle was born in 1967 in Rotherham, England. He is founder and manager of Sheffield’s Bloc Studios and a former director of Bloc Projects and Sheffield Contemporary Arts Forum. He graduated from Leeds University in 1996 with a first degree in fine art and attended his Post-graduate diploma at Sheffield Hallam University in 2002.
Bartle has received significant funding from the Arts Council of England, and is currently working on projects in London, Istanbul and Sheffield. With a long career working in painting and collage he has exhibited widely in Europe and UK in both public and commercial galleries. In 2008 he attended the Platform Garanti artists’ residency programme in Istanbul where his attentions shifted considerably towards sculpture, the Middle East, and Turkey.
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