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On since 2021

Last update: November 2023

Barrie James Art is a wedding service based out of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, in North East England, specialising in caricature drawings. Live caricatures are a fantastic way to entertain your guests at a wedding or party whether as an icebreaker during an afternoon drinks reception or as a hilarious addition to an evening event. Lead artist Barrie is one of the top caricaturists in the United Kingdom and the overall winner of the prestigious Caricon International Caricature Convention 2018.

Services Offered

Barrie James Art is dedicated to providing guests with an unforgettable experience. Barrie focuses strongly on the entertainment value by mingling and chatting with your guests while drawing them. He is able to produce one high-quality caricature every three minutes that many clients keep forever as a souvenir of their day. Unlike many other caricaturists who work from a fixed easel, this method prevents queues from forming and Barrie is able to entertain large groups in a short period of time. As a full-time professional caricaturist, he can be relied upon to provide an outstanding service.

Frequently asked questions

Type of entertainment offered:

For adults

What is included in the wedding package?

I have a range of packages from two hour mix and mingle entertainment for your drinks reception or after meal lull to full day packages where i am drawing a large portrait of the full wedding party

How far in advance should I contact you?

My service is very popular so if you are looking to have me t]entertain at your wedding you should book as early as possible

What other services to you provide?


Are you able to travel?

Yes, i mainly cover the Northumberland, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. But will travel further afield

Is there a charge for travelling?

Yes, there are charges for travel depending on the distance required. Generally there is no travel cost for Northumberland

Do you need specific materials or conditions to offer your service?


How long is the act?

A typical performance lasts 2 hours great for a drinks reception or evening event. I can do longer on request

How much time do you need to prepare for an act?

I usually arrive half an hour before I am due to perform. I don鈥檛 need to set up anything as I am a mobile act

Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?


Do you do open-air acts?


Do you charge per hour or per event?

Per event

If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?


How do you charge extra time?

2 hours is 拢450 3 hours is 拢595 A full day is 拢895

What are the forms of payment?

You can pay by PayPal, bank transfer or cash

Served in

Cumbria, Durham, North Yorkshire, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear

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Candice R. Sent on 02/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Memorable Entertainment

Barrie was a pleasure to deal with from the first message we sent to him. He commands the attention of your wedding guests, he gave them memories to treasure forever and plenty of laughs along the way too!!!

Always wanted Barrie at my wedding from the moment we booked and I would recommend him to everyone. Thanks Barrie!!
Erin S. Sent on 04/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Goodall Wedding

Barrie was a great additional entertainment to have at our wedding. He went round our wedding party and had massive queues following him all wanting to be drawn. He made everyone laugh and we were blew away with his talent and creativity. He added a different entertaining value to our wedding to make it more fun for adults and children. And even with the high demand off our guests he still managed to make time to draw us as newlyweds which was also framed for us by Barrie. Highly recommended wedding entertainment thank you so much you made our day even more special.
Many thanks and well wishes
The new Mr & Mrs Goodall
Katie Sent on 06/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Just amazing!

Barrie鈥檚 communication from start to finish was excellent. The guests at our wedding absolutely loved him and so many have talked about how different it was. If you are thinking of having Barrie at your event, go for it, you won鈥檛 be disappointed. Worth every penny!
Siobhan S. Sent on 15/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Day!!

We were so pleased to have Barrie join us on our special day. He was an absolute hit with all the guests, seeing everyone鈥檚 pictures was amazing. The fun and laughter was exactly what we hoped for. I would recommend Barrie James Art for any event to entertain your guests.
Helen Sent on 30/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic addition to our wedding day

Barrie鈥檚 caricatures were fab, such fun, our guests loved them and all commented how lovely it was to have something different as a momento of our wedding!
Bex Sent on 29/11/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

An absolute hoot!

Barrie was class! All my guests loved him, and he was none stop with them queuing up for their portrait! He puts everyone at ease, and is a laugh. It was lovely to have him joins us on our day.
Thanks Barrie
Much love Matt & Bex
Chantelle C. Sent on 05/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Caricature for our wedding 馃拻

Barrie was fantastic, he came at the opportune time after the meal when there was a bit of a lull and made everyone laugh with his brilliant caricature pictures. Barrie mixed straight in chatting to our guests and getting those little details that made the pictures extra special!
Lucy G. Sent on 01/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing entertainment

We had Barry attend our drinks reception after our wedding ceremony and he was brilliant. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed having him there and there were lots of laughs. Highly recommend.
Pam J. Sent on 21/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating


He was absolutely amazing, everyone loved him. The caricatures were funny and sometimes brutal. Would highly recommend. Worth every penny
Vanessa F. Sent on 19/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Very Pleased

This was a fantastic experience and treat for our guests.
Lovely memories to take home. Funny, true to life cartoons.
Much recommended.
Lesley K. Sent on 23/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Mansion house wedding

Barrie is fantastic at what he does! He is very professional but always had ourselfs and our guests laughing. Myself and my husband highly recommend him thankyou
Mandy C. Sent on 26/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Laughter all round

We hired Barrie to entertain our guests while we had the couples photos taken and after the wedding breakfast. His drawings are brilliant and he captures your good (and not so good) features. You could tell where he was in the room by the wood laughter m. We love our couples drawing, we both smile every time we pass it hanging on the wall. Highly recommend Barrie
Joanne W. Sent on 21/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Great artwork and made it a really fun experience for everyone.

Worth every penny. Drawings were fantastic and everyone had great fun. We as the married got our drawings in a lovely frame too. Highly recommended..
Clare F. Sent on 16/06/2022
5 out of 5 rating


All our guests thought this was a fantastic touch to our special celebration x
Sarah D. Sent on 11/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Simply fantastic from start to finish

We hired barrie to fill the gap between the ceremony and meal at our wedding in June, we couldn鈥檛 be happier with his service. Barrie turned up and had our guests laughing within minutes. We have his pictures framed in the house. If anyone is thinking of hiring him don鈥檛 hesitate he was a genuine hit with our guests!
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