Anne Bevan
RSA (Elect)

  • Academician Elected : 20/08/2014


  • Academician Elected : 20/08/2014

Born in Orkney in 1965, Anne Bevan studied Fine Art at the University of Edinburgh and Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1988.

Through her research and artwork she explores relationships to place and environmental change. This has led her to work collaboratively with experts from other disciplines, particularly archaeologists, anthropologists, marine scientists and geologists. An ongoing project is as artist in residence looking at Deep Time in the context of Orkney.

Working primarily with sculpture and installation, she has exhibited widely, including in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the USA, Germany, Ukraine, Estonia, Poland, Mauritius, Switzerland and Japan; major solo exhibitions include the Pier Art Centre, Orkney, the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow. She has developed several site specific works for public spaces, including commissions for Tyrebagger Forrest, Aberdeenshire and Stromness Primary School, Orkney.

Her interdisciplinary collaborations also involve working closely with writers (Janice Galloway, Alan Spence, Robert Alan Jamieson, Jen Hadfield, George Mackay Brown), composers & musicians (Gemma MacGregor, Pete Stollery, Scottish Chamber Orchestra) and film makers & photographers (Mark Jenkins, Michael Wolchover)

Throughout her career she has undertaken lectures, workshops and residencies internationally. Until 2013 she was a lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art, before returning to Orkney to take up the post of Curriculum Leader for Art and Design at Orkney College University of the Highlands and Islands. As well as leading courses in Fine Art, she has co-developed the unique MA in Contemporary Art & Archaeology and lectures on the MA Art and Social Practice.

Publications include: Pipelines with Janice Galloway (Fruitmarket Gallery 2000); Lifting Light (Pier Arts Centre 1997); Rosengarten with Janice Galloway (Platform Projects, Hunterian Art Gallery 2004); Things Unspoken, Things Unseen with Andrea Roe (Pier Arts Centre 2013); Ocean Imaginaries (RMIT Gallery 2017); Thinking Place – A Creative exploration of Coastal Erosion with Jane Downes (Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, Equinox 2018