Mollie Barnes

July 13, 2022

Modern Muse Interview with Mollie Barnes


We are really excited to have the opporunity to speak with this special "Modern Muse" - Mollie Barnes.  

Hello Mollie - let's start. 



Where are you right now?

I am currently in my bedroom, laptop on knee, near the south coast of the UK. It’s raining (as usual!) and I am about to take my dog out.


What brings you inspiration?

My inspiration and drive comes in two forms: external, from my friends, colleagues, works I see, people I meet… and internal, which is the drive or passion to do what I love. The second is very dependent on mood, and is illusive. I’m lucky that I am surrounded every day by an abundance of the first!

Which part of your job is your favourite?

Learning about artistic practices directly from the artists, and supporting them where I can.

What colour describes you best?

I can only hope it describes me - yellow. It’s always been my favourite colour and I am drawn to it.

Are you in love?

In the conventional sense - yes, I am - and very honoured to say I have been for over 8 years with my partner. They are the kindest person I know. In a different sense, I am also in love with many people and practices around the world, and in love with the idea that I work with so many loves. I am in love with baking focaccia and the recent sun we have been having. 


What are you working on at the moment?

My focus at the moment is inclusive artistic residencies, and I am working on a collection of these around the world. I’m excited to share more when the time is right! I believe they are the ultimate form of curating to place an artist in a place that will best support them and their practice.


How do you define success?

In a lot of ways pride in what you do. In whatever way that comes. Pride can come from necessity of a job, love for it, passion, how it benefits other people… I think success is self defined, and for me it is being proud of what I do.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

I’d like to say: “Hard at work”

But “Watching Louis Theroux” is more honest right now.


Modern Muses that inspire you and why?

All for such a variety of reasons, with the primary ones being their support and kindness.

Georgia Powell

Liza Shapiro

Ferren Gipson

Nish McCree

Schwanda Rountree

Fatos Ustek

and so many more!




Thank you so much Mollie for sharing your perspective and showing us a tiny bit of your artsy world. You truly are a Modern Muse!