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.

    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 so that forms are often recognisable, but take on an animated quality that can become enigmatic. She paints to animate the inanimate. 
    Objects are chosen specifically because they hold qualities that can be re-presented in this style. The world that emerges is often a playful, comedic one where animation and movement are seen in a positive light. The light is borne from a curiosity to form a relationship with the surrounding environment; highlighting the interdependence.
    Resident artist at RAF Neatishead saw Bev working with ‘turned off’ objects at the Radar Museum. Once a throbbing centre of radar surveillance, the objects largely lay dormant. Bev’s still life paintings bring transmitters and valves into another vitality.
    Recent work features autochthones – a noun taken from Greek mythology which means born from the earth or soil. On daily, local, coastal and woodland walks she collects and assembles natural and unnatural findings. Findings that have been discarded as litter or which are slowly decaying. The end of an era. 
    Some leaves are cast in cement to hint at a built environment, whilst others are left in their original form to show the consistent distinction between town and country.
    The assemblages exist as objects that can be interchanged with one another and used as models for painting. In the process of painting, the assembled object becomes unified. The paint treatment is equal throughout. In the paintings emerge new and harmonious creatures; playful utopian emblems.



    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

    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