Bethan Hughes

Artist and researcher working with installation, animation, sculpture, print and text to explore transformation; from the biological and bodily to the technological, commercial and industrial.

Gebaüde 60,
Wilhelminenhofstr. 83-85,
12459 Berlin

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03.02.2022/18:30, Bucharest
Zoom Talk
To accompany the group exhibition, Staycation

08. - 12.21, Berlin
Draußenstadt Funding
Film project about the High Deck Siedlung with Alina Schmuch

09. - 12.21, Berlin
Research Scholarship
To support research phase of Hevea Act 4/5 at the Topography of Terror Documentation Centre, Berlin, The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, and the Institute for Biology and Biotechnology of Plants, University of Münster

16. - 23.07.21, Bucharest
Staycation Residency
Hosted by Catinca Tabacaru Gallery and Sandwich Gallery alongside the artists Barbara Lüdde, Lera Kelemen, Catinca Malaimare, Yen Chun Lin, Isabella Fürnkäs, Lexia Hachtmann, Ioana Stanca, Ana Pascu and Ana-Maria Stefan

01. - 12.2021, Berlin
Goldrausch 2021 Scholarship
Programme for women artists with Mouna Abo Assali, Irma Blumstock, Veruschka Bohn, Ahu Dural, Dora Durkesac, Irene Fernández Arcas, Lexia Hachtmann, Heyon Han, Barbara Lüdde, Rachel Monosov, Ingrid Ogenstedt, Nnenna Onuoha, Anna Slobodnik, Hana Yoo

02. - 04.2021, Berlin
Workplace Scholarship
Space to work on the project Hevea at feldfünf e.V.

2019 - 20, Braunschweig
BS Projects Fellowship
With Sajan Mani, Ho Sanggeun, Alina Schmuch, FRAUD

Bethan Hughes

Artist and researcher working with installation, animation, sculpture, print and text to explore transformation, material and immaterial; from the biological and bodily to the technological, commercial and industrial.

Gebaüde 60,
Wilhelminenhofstraße 83-85,
12459 Berlin.

Info & CV

Bethan Hughes (b. 1989, Wigan, UK), studied Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art and Media Art at the Bauhaus University Weimar. In 2020, she received a PhD from the University of Leeds for her dissertation Against Immateriality: 3D CGI and Contemporary Art. Her work has most recently been shown in solo exhibitions at Centrum Berlin, HAUNT/frontviews, Berlin and in the group exhibition Mutual Matters: Goldrausch 2021 at the Haubrok Foundation, Berlin. Between 2019-20, she was a Braunschweig Projects fellow and in 2021 she received a fine art research scholarship from the City of Berlin.

Portrait by Lukas Städler, Templehofer Feld, Berlin, April 2021.

Selected Exhibitions / Projects:

    UPCOMING Group, A Fluid Defence, Künstlerhaus Sootbörn, Hamburg (DE)
    UPCOMING Solo, Elastic Organisms, feldfünf, Berlin (DE)
    UPCOMING Residency fellowship, Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen (DE)


    Solo, Hevea Act 2: Devil's Milk, Centrum, Berlin (DE)

    Solo, Hevea, HAUNT/frontviews, Berlin (DE)
    Group, Mutual Matters: Goldrausch 2021, Haubrok Foundation, Berlin (DE)
    Solo, Staycation, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, Sandwich Gallery, CTG Collective, Bucharest (RO)


    Duo w/ Laura Schawelka, TAPPING DRESSING, Diskurs Berlin (DE)

    Group, If Everything is Connected, Everything is Vulnerable, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (DE)

    Online, Re-shift, Re-calibrate, Pavilion / Hyde Park Picture, Leeds (UK)


    Group, Not Photography, Bankley Gallery, Manchester (UK)

    Screening Programme, An Eye To Notice Them (w/ Rhian Cooke, Jasleen Kaur, Rehana Zaman, Charlotte Prodger), Hyde Park Picture House for Yorkshire Sculpture International, Leeds (UK)

    Group, Studio 100, Bauhaus 100, Gaswerk, Weimar (DE)

    Engagement Artist, Sensory Sculpture, YSP / Yorkshire Sculpture International / John Jamieson School, Leeds / Wakefield (UK)


    Group, EBC_019, East Bristol Contemporary, Bristol (UK)

    Group, A Connection is Made, Gallery 46, Whitechapel, London (UK)

    Artists’ book presentation, Oberfläche, AMBruno selection 2018, The Tetley, Leeds (UK)

    Solo, Do Nothing, Open Field residency presentation, CASS School of Art, Architecture & Design, London Met (UK)


    Group, Post-digital printmaking, Neon Gallery/ Concrete Gallery, Wroclaw (PL)

    Performance (Collab. w/MXZEHN/Sauter), Spektrum: art science tech., Scope Sessions, Berlin (DE)

    Group, Open Call, Bankley Gallery, Manchester (UK)

    Group, In The Open, Sheffield Institute for the Arts, Sheffield (UK)

    Solo, Bodies of Water, serf studios and project space, Leeds (UK)

    Group, Cut Cloth, The Portico Library & Gallery, Manchester (UK)

    Solo, Softbodies, Project Space, Leeds (UK)


    Duo (Collab. with Duygu Atceken), Berlin Camouflage, Plattenvereinigung, Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin (DE)

Publications / Artist Books:

    Hevea Act 3: Before the Blight Hit, Berlin (DE)
    Hevea Act 2: Devil’s Milk, Berlin (DE)

    Hevea Act 1: Hevea & Other Nutzpflanzen, BS Projects, Braunschweig (DE)


    Oberfläche, AMBruno Artists’ Book Series London (UK)

    Pure Beauty in Non-Spaces, Collaboration with Louis de Belle, San Rocco Magazine, Milan (IT)


    Fundamental Acts - Ceremony, Collaboration with Louis de Belle, a+m bookstore, Milan (IT)

    Facets of Kotti, Forms of Formalism N.3, LUCIA Verlag, Weimar / Berlin (DE)


Poor Image Projects (PIP), a nomadic event platform which supports and showcases audio-visual and moving image art, established in 2018 in collaboration with artist Anya Stewart-Maggs. PIP has worked with artists from across the UK and has held events at The Tetley, East Street Arts temporary spaces, Henry Moore Institute, Assembly House, Pavilion, MAP Charity at Hope House, University of Leeds, Blank Gallery and more. It has received funding from Arts Council England, Leeds City Council and the University of Leeds. In 2019, PIP took part in Index Festival.

Scholarships / Awards / Funding:

    Project funding: Modul C, NEUSTART für Bildende Künstlerinnen und Künstler (DE)

    Scholarship: Bildende Kunst Recherchestipendium, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin (DE) 
    Project funding: High Deck, DRAUSSENSTADT-Call for Action, Stiftung für Kulturelle Weiterbildung und Kulturberatung, Berlin (DE)

    Project funding: Hevea Act 2, Kultur Neukölln, Bizirksamt Neukölln, Berlin (DE)

    Artists programme: Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt, Berlin, European Social Funds and the Berlin Senate Department for Health, Care and Equality (DE)

    Scholarship: BS Projects, Niedersächsischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur(DE)

    Project Grant from Arts Council England for Poor Image Projects, part of group funding bid for Index Festival / Yorkshire Sculpture International


    Forum award from the AHRC, Awarded for the event ‘Quilting Points Presents Sara Ahmed’, University of Leeds

    3rd Axis Web Award, awarded to support Poor Image Projects


    WRoCAH Award to support one month research residency at CASS, Awarded by WRoCAH: White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (AHRC)


    AHC Faculty Interdisciplinary Research Support Award, Awarded by the Arts and Humanities Graduate School, University of Leeds To support seminar group ‘Quilting Points’ on the work of Sara Ahmed

    WRoCAH Small Award for Post-digital printmaking conference, Wroclaw, Awarded by WRoCAH: White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (AHRC)

    AHRC PhD Research Studentship, Awarded by WRoCAH: White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (AHRC)

    Women’s Fund to support MA production, Awarded by The Office of Equal Opportunities, Bauhaus University Weimar

    2 Year DAAD Postgraduate Study Scholarship to support MA, Awarded by The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Bonn

    GSA Fine Art Essay Prize, Awarded by Department for Historical and Critical Studies, Glasgow School of Art


    Postgraduate Research / PhD, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds (UK)

Supervised by Prof. Gail Day, Dr. Diane Morgan, Prof. Christopher Taylor

Against Immateriality: 3D CGI & Contemporary Art

    MA Media Art and Design, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (DE)

Supervised by Prof. Christine Hill Weimar (DE), 1.1 (1st Class) 

New Prunk: Taste, Display and the Simulated Sensuous Surface


    Erasmus Exchange, Hungarian Academy of Fine Art, Budapest (HU)

Fine Art Printmaking


    BA (Hons) Fine Art, 1st Class, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
Selected Professional:

    Visiting Tutor (Studio Practice), Undergraduate Fine Art programme; tutorials, workshops, crits
, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, Uni. of Leeds (UK) 


    Exhibitions and Programming Fellowship at Printed Matter, Inc. Archiving, digitising and exhibition project, NYC (US)


    Online-shop manager at Bauhaus Atelier, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (DE) 


    Studio Assistant, Archiving, logistics, production for artist Dominique Hurth
, Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben, Am Flutgraben 3, 12435, Berlin (DE)

Selected Conference Papers & Talks:

    Conference: Un/masking. On a mimetic form, Corpsing: CGI as Grotesque Realism in the work of Ed Atkins
, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte Munich, LMU Munich
    Invited Lecture: Research Open Day, Art, research and the library as…, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (UK)

    Open Field Residency: Artists’ Talk, The Sir John Cass School of Art, Design and Architecture, London (UK)

    Conference: Post-digital printmaking and the redefinition of print, Print_Screen: Surface, Depth and the 3D Rendered Image, The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław (PL)