It is with deep regret to announce the passing of our dear friend and Chairman Brian Barnes (MBE). Brian was known for his outstanding, thought-provoking and political murals that graced the walls of Thessaly Road, Carey Gardens and Carlton Mansions to name but a few. His famous pieces include the Seaside Mural and Nuclear Dawn which can be viewed in the Print Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Brain also founded the Battersea Power Station Community Group which aimed to preserve the listed building and get local people involved in the redevelopment.
Brian was a prominent member of the DRCA as he was one of the original leaseholders when the building was established in 1981. The DRCA was originally established as a company in March 1983 then registered as a charity in August 2002 which Brian helped to facilitate. Over the years he has assembled and led action groups to protect and sustain the core purpose of the building by making sure local communities are the beneficiaries of the space. Brian was the Chair of the organisation until his passing, and we thank him for all of his support as without him the DRCA would not be here today.
It was a pleasure to know him, and he will be sorely missed by us all.