Kimberley Beach (born in 1990, Middlesbrough, UK) completed an MA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art (2018), after previously completing studies at the University of Westminster (2015) and the Northern School of Art (2012). She is a recipient of the Dolbey Travel award, the Felix Slade Scholarship, shortlisted for the Sarabande Foundation scholarship, and New Contemporaries 2019. Kimberley was selected as one of six London graduates to exhibit at the Anise Gallery Summer Show in 2018 and chosen to participate in Middlesbrough Art Weekender in 2019, as well as exhibiting internationally for solo and group presentations. Kimberley was most recently half of a two-person durational performance with the artist G, that took place in Amsterdam and Barcelona in 2022. 

 

Kimberley is an interdisciplinary artist working with sound, print, photography, and cinematic representations, with work often taking shape in the form of multi-media installations. Kimberley’s practice is an exploration in the artificial dichotomy of hard and soft power that exists within a capitalist society. Kimberley looks at how situational subjectivities, the political landscape of Britain and the contemporary discourse on personal and political persons within a wider fragmented society are formed through cultural, sociological, neo-liberal and biopolitical frameworks; with the wider purpose of questioning how our bodies and minds are moulded, restricted and managed through structural approaches to labour, class, time, space and citizenship. 

 

Since 2016 she has been focusing on social class, both within society and the more insular arts environment. She has used her own personal experiences with class in addition to outside factors such as Brexit, The Great British Class Survey as well as the Panic! Report on the lack of working-class people within the creative industries as topics to explore within her work, with the intention of questioning wider social constructs of power and feelings of belonging. 

Kimberley currently holds the position of Visual Researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science, focusing on age, class, race, and gender within popular culture. 

Education 

2016 - 2018   MA Fine Art Media, The Slade School of Fine Art

2012 - 2015   BA (Hons) Mixed Media Fine Art, University of Westminster​

Awards 

2019   Bloomberg New Contemporaries (Shortlisted)

2018   The Signature Art Prize (Shortlisted)

2018   The Dolbey Travel Award, London. 

2016   The Felix Slade Scholarship, London. 

2016   The Sarabande Foundation Scholarship, London. (Shortlisted).​

Selected Exhibitions 

Solo 

2016   'Recollections', Si:Said Gallery, Lithuania. 

 

Two-Person

 

2022   'Be Sharp Say Nowt' In collaboration with G's durational performance

              'Groaming Gallery', Amsterdam, Netherlands and Barcelona, Spain.

Group

2022   Colour/Pigment/Poetry an online exhibition as part of Colour & Poetry: A Symposium IV.

              Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and The Foyer Gallery at White City Place, London. 

2021   'Pure Class', Working Class Creatives Database & The Royal College of Fine Art,

              Holloway Road, London. 

2021   This is Not a Show this is a Statement of Intent, Pineapple Black Gallery, Middlesbrough. 

2021   Colour and Poetry Symposium and online exhibition: Colour/Collage/Poetry, 

              Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London. 

2019   Middlesbrough Art Weekender​​​ in collaboration with Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.

2019   'The Nomenclature of Colours' Exhibition, as part of Colour & Poetry: A Symposium,

              Slade Research Centre, London.

2019   Stone Islanders, Art Hub Gallery, London. 

2018   A Place that Fosters us, Angel, London. 

2018   Summer Graduate Show, Anise Gallery, London. 

2018   MA/MFA Degree Show, The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London

2018   Body as Archive, Slade Research Centre, Bloomsbury, London. 

2018   Videosport (Returns), Good Sport, Ontario, Canada.

2015   The Listening Booth, Online streaming of Audio work. 

2015   The Independent Artist Fair, The Rag Factory, Brick Lane, London. 

2015   Names, Ambika P3, Marylebone, London. 

2014   22:1, Safehouse 1&2, Peckham, London. 

2014   Mish Mashed, Gallery 320, Bethnal Green, London. 

Press

2021    'Artist Spotlight' Sick Love Zine. 

2021    'Cement' Savage Journal, UCL Press. 

2020    'Northern Exposure' Visual Artists Ireland News Sheet, Chris Clarke. 

2018    Top 7 London exhibitions, Anise Gallery, FAD Magazine.

2018    Summer Graduate Show, Anise Gallery, LondonLive TV. 

2016    Augustinas Zemrieta, 'Recollections' review, Durys Magazine, 30 - 31. 

2016    Fragmentary Interview with Daniel Regan

2015    Articulaction Meets Kimberley Beach, Articulaction Art Review, 46 - 69. 

Writing

2020   Making Respectable Women: Changing Moralities, Changing Times.

              Author: Mary Evans, Author of Contributions: Kimberley Beach, Palgrave Macmillan. 

              Funded by the Paul Mellon Centre and the London School of Economics and Political Science.