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“A joyful reminder of the sheerly exhilarating experience of dwelling in our curious, physical bodies in the puzzling and contradictory realities which constitute our world.”
Art Week, Los Angeles

Anne Bean has undertaken numerous solo and collaborative projects worldwide in a range of media from light and sound to performance, sculpture and drawing. Born in Zambia and resident in the UK, she studied Fine Art at Cape Town and Reading Universities and made her first performance work outside Africa in 1970.

Anne has twice been awarded the Time Out Award for performance art, once for her long-standing contribution to live art and then as a founder member of the legendary Bow Gamelan Ensemble with Paul Burwell and Richard Wilson.

In an essay commissioned for Anne’s publication Autobituary (2006), the art critic and curator Guy Brett wrote:

“Reading Anne Bean’s CV is like following a continuous performance, a continuous response to the world….. a “magification” of the world. The panoply of places she has worked, times of the day or night, interiors, exteriors, seasons, publics, materials, concepts, tools, is astonishing: all shifting but all attuned to unique situations.”

Date Title Venue City
8 July 2011 The Un-knitted Lives of Young Girls AE Harris Birmingham
11 June – 17 July 2011 WAKE / ARCHIPELAGO Dilston Grove / Cafe Gallery London
16–30 April 2011 POOLED The Elysian Cork
10 August 2010 PAVES film showing and talk Toynbee Studios
20–29 May 2010 Whoseywhats Utrecht
19 March 2010 Crossing Zones (Talk) CCA Glasgow
18 March 2010 PAVES (Performance) The Arches Glasgow
8–16 March 2010 PAVES Residency Tramway Glasgow
27–28 February 2010 Artsadmin Weekenders Toynbee Studios
12 December 2009 PAVES Peformance Art Platform Tel Aviv
14–20 September 2009 PAVES Golden Thread Gallery Belfast
20 June 2009 Midsummer Chillax Whitlingham Country Park, South Norfolk
19–20 June 2009 PAVES Staglinec
14 June 2009 Long Time Passing Les Halles de Schaerbeek Brussels
8 June – 16 August 2009 5 Drawings Royal Academy
31 March – 30 August 2009 Notes On A Return Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
21 February 2009 Heat the Streets Blackpool
8–12 October 2008 Power Plant Calderstones Park Liverpool
16 May 2008 ArtRole: An Insight into Current Iraq Toynbee Studios
1 December 2007 Artist talk Toynbee Studios
13 October 2007 Drawing Workshops Matt’s Gallery London
14–15 September 2007 Blast Birmingham
18 August 2007 Bells of Shoreditch St Leonard's Church London
27–30 June 2007 I'm younger than that now Toynbee Studios
23 September 2006 Autobituary Spurn Point
2–24 September 2006 Autobituary Hull Art Lab Hull
15 June 2006 Autobituary St Martins Church, Colchester Colchester
1–25 June 2006 Autobituary firstsite & Colchester Arts Centre Colchester, Essex
15 March – 7 May 2006 Autobituary Matt's Gallery London
© Nancy Buchanan