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Beverley Bennett



Beverley Bennett is an artist-filmmaker whose work revolves around the possibilities of drawing, performance and collaboration. Her practice is connected to multiple ways of making. The first of these is a concern with the importance of ‘gatherings’ to denote a methodology that differs from the more hierarchical model of the workshop; one person leading and sharing information with participants taking part in the activities. Instead 'gatherings' are cyclical, whereby everyone learns from each other and often formulate in myriad ways, from reading together to gathering at a party. This has created a 'tapestry of voices', an interweaving of communalities and differences that provide a broader view, an important part of amplifying intergenerational relationships. The second is an investigation of The Archive (often beginning projects by creating / adding to an extensive personal archive of interviews, using them for preliminary research and experimentation) and the third is collaboration. This is frequently through socially political work with other creatives, fine artists, community members, young children and their families. Her practice provides spaces for participants to become collaborators and provides a point of focus from where to unpick ideas around what constitutes an art practice and for whom art is generated.

Bennett’s work has been shown nationally and internationally; venues include the British Film Institute (BFI), London (2023); Grand Union, Birmingham, Birmingham (2023); Metal and FACT, Liverpool (2023); LUX, London (2023); The NewBridge Project (2023); Birmingham 2022 Festival (2022); CinemaAfrica Film Festival, Stockholm (2018);Encounters Short Film Festival, Bristol (2017); Wysing Art Centre, Cambridgeshire (2017); Spike Island (2017); New Art Exchange (2016); National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston (2016); Bluecoat, Liverpool (2010).




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