Andrew Redmond Barr is a writer and artist from Edinburgh with a keen interest in Scottish history, literature and culture. He is the author of 2 books and is currently working on a third. He has worked on a number of hand-drawn illustration projects, including book design, murals and solo exhibitions.
In the run-up to 2020 he played a key role in preparations for the Declaration of Arbroath’s 700th anniversary, and launched his latest book The Illustrated Declaration of Arbroath.
Most recently he announced plans to create an illustrated Atlas of Scotland, due to be released by the end of 2021.
Andrew has worked in collaboration with national cultural institutions such as the Saltire Society, the National Records of Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland.
His work has been featured in a number of publications including The National, The Sunday National, The Scotsman, The Courier, The Press & Journal, The Herald, The Sunday Herald, the Scottish Review of Books, The Scots Independent, The Sunday Post, and a number of local papers across Scotland.
2011 – 2014
In 2011 Andrew was one of the co-founders of National Collective, a group of volunteers which led the arts movement for a Yes vote in the run-up to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. The experience culminated with a month-long Yestival tour of Scotland in July 2014. National Collective was awarded second place in The List magazine’s Hot 100 cultural influences of the year, and was widely credited for engaging younger generations in the question of Scotland’s future.
In 2016 Andrew released his first book, Summer of Independence: Stories from a Nation in the Making, telling the inside story of the cultural campaign for Scottish independence. The book featured in The Scottish Review of Books’ Picks of 2016, and remains one of the only referendum accounts to be published from a grassroots perspective.
In 2017 Andrew held his first solo exhibition, Freedom Come All Ye, exploring ideas of nationhood and determination at the Free Space Gallery on Edinburgh’s Easter Road.
In 2018 Andrew held his second solo exhibition, Pith & Power, at the Saltire Society headquarters in Edinburgh. The exhibition used illustration to explore Robert Burns’s relationship with politics and power. The show launched with a cultural celebration on Burns Night and lasted for 2 months.
In 2019 Andrew released his second book, The Illustrated Declaration of Arbroath, celebrating the 700th anniversary of one of Scotland’s most important historical artefacts. The book was launched at the National Records of Scotland in November, just ahead of the 700th anniversary year in 2020.
In 2020 Andrew played a key role in the Declaration of Arbroath’s 700th anniversary celebrations, planning a nationwide tour and working alongside others to organise a major cultural event in Arbroath. With events cancelled due to coronavirus, Andrew was involved in a number of digital projects to help raise awareness, and also worked in collaboration with the National Records of Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland to create an illustrated educational pack for schools.
In September he announced plans to create an illustrated Atlas of Scotland, the first project of its kind for over 100 years. The Atlas crowdfunder reached its target within just 4 days, drawing supporters from all over the world. The finished Atlas is due to be completed by October 2021.