Photo: Amelia Beavis-Harrison in Yorkshire

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. 

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

News & Events

  • Startpoint Art Prize

    29/09/2015 – 01/11/2015
    Prague National Gallery

    I am participating in this years Startpoint Art Prize in Prague. The exhibition is held in Prague National Gallery in the Trade Fair Palace and brings together different MA works from Europe.

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  • Sluice Art Fair

    16/10/2015 – 18/10/2015
    Sluice Art Fair

    Working with newspapers as a form of script, four slam poets and rappers will take on each other and the news. They will battle against one another whilst representing papers and their agendas.

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  • Theater and Politics

    10/11/2015 – 15/12/2015
    Article Gallery

    I will be making a new performance in Article Gallery based on a play by Mayakovsky, it will make a commentary on the economic banking 'crisis' and the current Conservative government.

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  • Mayakovsky

    The Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky asked of his future peers to make contemporary his work, so that is relevant in the future. This irresistible challenge will see me re-make all 5 of his plays.

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