Amelia Beavis-Harrison

Amelia Beavis-Harrison

Artist, Curator, Writer

Amelia’s practice uses tandem strands of performance that alternate between minimal works in public space and theatrically staged environments in galleries or theatres. The work which primarily explore links between histories and contemporary politics, making links that are relevant today from situations that have occurred in the past. Her use of sculptural elements to create environments often means the work functions on two levels, that of a performance and the aftermath which is often viewed as installation or residue. Dependant on the venue Amelia often work’s directly with a particular context or history relevant to the site to produce new work.

Important to Amelia’s practice is research which is used as a tool for understanding by looking at court records, maps, government records and other materials. The written material found through research often makes its way into Amelia’s performance as documents are read out aloud and de-constructed. Aspects of Amelia’s work embellish theatrical qualities as performers take on roles that seem arbitrary but are central to the piece, allowing performers to act as living sculptures. This investigation into the role of the performer is extended through the use of costume which is negotiated as an object with the ability to create a visual conversation. For Amelia the context of the work and the visual simultaneously work together creating a many levelled performance that allows for a visual reading of the work in tandem with the performances actions. 
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Location Yorkshire
Activities Lecturing, Residencies, Participatory projects, Public art, Curating
Artforms / type of project Curatorial project, Installation, Live Art, Performance, Sculpture
Tags costume, narrative, situation, performance, history, politics

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