Michael Barnes-Wynters

Advisor & Radical Arts Handbook Editor- Image Karen McBride


Michael Barnes-Wynters

Based in Kingston-Upon Hull, Michael is a multi-disciplined audio visual artist, mentorist, mischief maker and instigator. Originally from Bristol of Jamaican parentage, his long-term artist collaborations broadcast at the intersections of immersive experiential film installations and provocative durational actions/ performances. A longtime radio broadcaster and original management team member of the award winning Contact in Manchester who put 'explosive' into theatre, Michael has been the spark to ignite countless interventions in unsanctioned spaces, arts venues, virtual and public realm spaces whilst giving life-changing opportunities and the mentoring of numerous emerging artists, including the likes of music maker Mr Scruff and award-winning poet, playwright and performer Louise Wallwein ( M.B.E)

He has performed and exhibited internationally and has been commissioned by the likes of MoMA (NYC), Sonar (Barcelona), Tate Modern (London), FACT (Liverpool), Castlefield Gallery (Manchester), Hull UK City of Culture (2017) and The Lowry (2020).

Michael's collaborative arts activities eloquently asks blunt, relevant and meaningful questions that tackle human suffrage, racism, gender exploitation, injustice, control and the hyper normalisation of humanity.