Approved: 14.06.2010

Bev Broadhead

Artist, Community worker, Gallery educator, Maker

Approved: 14.06.2010

Bev Broadhead is a visual artist and an active member of her community.

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    Artist Statement

    Bev Broadhead is a visual artist and an active member of her community.

    Artist member of The Green Fuse Collective @thegreenfuse.

    Participant in Cromer ArtSpace

    Coordinator of Norfolk branch Artists' Union England (AUE)

    Secretary of the Campaign for Mental Health Services in North Norfolk 

    Living in a rural, coastal town, much of Bev’s work is influenced by psychogeography and situationist theory. ‘The faster we walk, the more ground we lose.’(Iain Sinclair).

    Bev Broadhead draws on the texts of Soja, Thirdspace and Kees van Deemter, Not Exactly: In Praise of Vagueness to explore the blurred edges of visual language and the representation of truth. Her interest in spatiality attempts to make sense of ‘our place’ in the world and points towards environmental possibilities.
    Bev creates a visual language that swerves between abstraction and representation. Forms are often semi-recognisable, animated, and enigmatic. Bev paints to animate the inanimate. The world that emerges is often playful, comedic, and one where errors occur. Recent work focuses primarily on grids and repeating patterns that go astray.

    Bev is curious to form a relationship with the surrounding environment, be it physical, psychological, or political. She hopes to highlight interdependence, frailties, and imperfections. 

    CV & Education


    2011 Norwich University College of the Arts, MA Fine Art

    2007 Norwich University College of the Arts, BA Hons Fine Art Painting, First Class

    2001 University of East Anglia, Norfolk – Advanced Certificate in Education and Development – Teaching Art in the Primary Classroom

    1992 University of East Anglia, Postgraduate Certificate in education

    1985 Reading University, BA Hons History of Art and Italian


    Group Exhibitions

    2020 - present, Power Up! The Green Fuse Collective 

    2019, Interfaces, Nunnsyard, Norwich

    2017, Letting Go, Nunnsyard, Norwich

    2016, Why one stroke when a hundred will do? Nunnsyard, Norwich.

    2015 Fabric Warehouse, Coast in the City.

    2013 Residency Blickling Hall, Norfolk

    2013 The Cut, Halesworth

    2012 Here is where we meet, residency and exhibition Queen of Hungary Project Space, Aylsham, UK

    2012 Threadneedle Prize for Painting Selection Exhibition, London

    2012 Islington art Factory, Stray, London

    2011 CASAF, Does paradise exist? Tourist Information Centre, Cromer, Norfolk

    2011 NUCA, MA Final Show, A Game of Three Halves

    2011 Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, The Late Shift, Displacement.

    2010 Stew, Future Perfect Group Show

    2010 Unit 5 Open Studios

    2009 Norwich Arts Centre, Artists’ Platform, Wasps in the Apple

    2008 Outpost Members Show Kunstwerk Bazarre

    2008 Unit 5 Group Show Fives – recent paint-drawings

    2008 Unit 5 Other/Other/Other, Kiss Me Quick video MSN performance

    2007 Outpost, Norwich, performance with George Sadotti Another Ring

    2006  Gresham’s School, Holt, In the Open

    2006  Norwich University College of the Arts, 2 Headed Monster

    2006  Portsmouth Festival of Film and New Media,

    SixtySecondFilm, Gretel Goes walking… 


    Solo Projects

    2017 - 2018 Residency Radar Museum, Neatisthead

    2018 Paint Cello, Belfry Arts Centre, Overstrand

    2014 Space Invaders, Nunn's Yard, Norwich

    2011 NUCA, Pass, Performance

    2010 Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival, Cromer Station Postcard @ Industrihousse

    2008 Outpost, Norwich, performance Meeting/Play

    2007 Norwich University College of the Arts,The Land That Time Forgot

    2006  Special Project Fund Award, Berlin Trip : Lost




    Broadhead, Bev, A Postcard From Cromer Train Station, a collaborative postcard project, Blurb Inc., 2010


    Power Up!