With a background as a copy editor, typesetter and graphic designer Anna Barden later studied Fine Art in France and Italian and Mathematics at University College Cork. Her first solo exhibition was in 1999 followed by a two-person show with Michael Quane in 2004 at the Vanguard Gallery. Then and for some time after the subject matter of her artwork was horse-like creatures but a further solo show in 2006 saw the work move on to different subjects and materials. In 2018 a solo exhibition at the Guesthouse, Cork featured works in ink and pencil on paper, seven works in oil on canvas all accompanied by a text in letter form. Anna is currently working with embroidery, pencil on paper, embroidery, ceramics and works in oil on paper.