LICA Research Seminar: Anne Bevan on Fluid, Sediment, Particle

Date:11 May 2010
Time:4.00 pm

Anne Bevan( Edinburgh College of Art),


Anne Bevan is an artist whose work explores hidden or invisible aspects of everyday life. Often working collaboratively, with artists and people from science and industry, her work is concerned with the nature and history of materials in relation to place and the environment.

Past projects have involved research into the sources of water supplies in Scotland and Switzerland, visiting reservoirs, dams and tunnels, exploring relationships between the familiar and the unseen or unknown. She is now researching new work connected to wave and tidal energy, which is currently being developed at the European Maritime Energy Centre in her hometown of Stromness in Orkney.

Most recently she has been working on a project with marine biologists based at the University of Edinburgh who are researching change in ocean temperatures, in particular the seas of the North Atlantic. Collecting samples from beaches on North Uist (in 2009) and Shetland (2010) Bevan is examining microscopic particles of foraminifera collected from beaches, developing new work in sculpture, print and video.

For this talk she will present and discuss this new work, along with examples of previous projects, looking at the broader context of place, history, and the relationship of her art practice to shifting environments.

General Info / Biog

Anne Bevan lives and works in Edinburgh where she is Lecturer in Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. Solo exhibitions include 'Soundings' at the Collective Gallery (1992), 'Lifting Light' at the Pier Art Centre, Stromness (1997), 'undercover' at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2000), 'Rosengarten' at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow (2004) and 'Particle' at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Gallery (2009). Her work combines sculpture with sound, video and text and she often works collaboratively with people from other disciplines. Most recently she has worked on several projects, commissions and publications with the writer Janice Galloway.

Anne has had exhibitions in many countries, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, USA, Germany, Ukraine, Estonia, Poland, Mauritius and Switzerland. She has also developed a number of site-specific works for public spaces, including 'Moon Pool', a commission for Tyrebagger Forest and 'Source', a temporary tidal sculpture installed in Stromness harbour.

Publications include:

Pipelines with Janice Galloway, Fruitmarket Gallery 2000

Lifting Light, Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney, 1997

Rosengarten with Janice Galloway, published by Platform Projects 2004

Who can attend:Anyone

Further Information

Organising departments and research centres:Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
  • Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • The LICA Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK