|Edwina Partridge Clarke|
|Buildings||Seaward Tower and Harbour Tower, Gosport; murals at Halifax swimming pool|
Kenneth Barden (1924 - 1988) was an architect, mural designer and painter in the UK. His tiled murals found outside and inside public buildings are examples of post-war public art. He was the principal architect for the builders George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. during part of his career.
He is best known for his murals of post-war public art. He had qualified as an architect, becoming an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects. For part of his career he was the principal architect for the builders George. Wimpey and Co Ltd.
While working for George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, and together with J E Tyrrell, Chief Architectural Assistant to Gosport Borough Council, Barden was responsible for Seaward Tower and Harbour Tower, two sixteen-storey tower blocks built in 1963 on the Esplanade in Gosport. The surfaces of the tower blocks are covered in mosaic murals designed by Barden that rise the full 135 foot height of the buildings. They were controversial initially but are now a tourist attraction. The tiles were produced by Poole Pottery.
Barden was also responsible for two ceramic murals in Halifax swimming pool inspired by British pond life. The building was opened in 1966 and designed by the borough architects FH Hoyles and JL Berbiers.
He also exhibited works in watercolour and oils twice at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, in 1969 and 1972 and at Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours exhibitions in the 1970s. One of his paintings is in the collection at Beecroft Art Gallery in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
Barden was brought up in Huddersfield when he attended Crosland Moor School and then Huddersfield College of Art. His father, Harry Barden was a master printer. In 1947 he began study at the Royal College of Art in London, finally becoming an Associate of the Royal College of Art.
He married Edwina Partridge Clarke and they had 2 sons.