After graduating in Art History from Bristol University Davina worked in London for both the Dickinson and Timothy Taylor Galleries.
She went on to set up her own business sourcing unusual furniture and fine art for clients. By then, with four small children in tow, she decided to move back to her home county of Norfolk. Here she discovered a wealth of talented artists and artisans and – with the help of Paul Vater and Paul Barratt – Norfolk by Design* was born: a series of pop up exhibitions in rustic, rural spaces, with an annual show in the stables at Houghton Hall.
In 2019 Davina set up as Davina Barber, exhibiting artists beyond Norfolk, launching herself into the London art scene at Fair For Saatchi in June 2019, and most recently a Works on Paper show at London’s Frestonian Gallery in February 2020.
Davina is currently helping EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices) raise funds for their invaluable Art Therapy Programme. She has acquired over 30 works of art from established East Anglian based artists, for an exclusive online auction to take place in February 2021. Works donated include those from Antony Gormley, John Virtue and Nigel Hall.
*now called Contemporary & Country