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Research from Beevors, Michele

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Michele Beevors


Michele Beevors is a Senior Lecturer and the Studio Coordinator for Sculpture and Ceramics. She lectures in the undergraduate programme specialising in the History of Modernist Sculpture. She also supervises postgraduate students in the Theory and Practice of Art. Her approach to supervision considers criticality and engagement with contemporary practices.

Michele Beevors holds Master's degrees from the Canberra School of Art (Australian National University) and Columbia University (New York). Her sculptural art practice concerns a feminist perspective and the issue of sustainability, particularly as it affects animals. She is involved with the Aramoana Conservation Charitable Trust.

Research Outputs

Creative Work

Baird.S, Beevors. M, Brady. M, Keach. F, McConaughy. S, Mitchell. K, (2017) Re-Configure. Exhibition Catalogue, Blurb Publications, December 2017, ISBN 978-1-38-910550-0. Two Short essays 1500 words each, Introduction Essay and essay accompanying exhibition of my work and 5 other feminist artists whose work revolve around the intersection of Feminism and representation.

Beevors, M. (2017) The Anatomy Lesson: The Dead Heart. Four new large-scale sculptural works exhibited at the University of the Applied Arts, (dieangewandte), Oscar Kokoshka Platz, Vienna, Austria. Curated by Marietta Bonning and Barbara Putz-Plecko, 6th November 2017 - 22nd November 2017.

Beevors, M. (2017) Re-configure. Venue: 20 Atkinson Street, South Dunedin. Re-configure and symposium, Figuration, Feminism and Sculpture, at Dunedin School of Art. International Guests Sculptor Steven Hart (Australia) and Patrizia Biondi Italy/Australia), 14 September - 6th October 2017. https://www.op.ac.nz/about-us/news-and-events/tag/Art.

Beevors, M (2013) MAKING TRACKS. Three knitted works examining the relationship between craft and sculpture, through a series of comparative anatomical models exhibited at the Australian National University, College of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Art Gallery, show curated by Paul Hay. Catalogue ISBN 978-0-7315-3078-6.

Beevors, M. (2011) Beautiful Terrors. (Group show) City Gallery Rooms, Auckland, ISBN 978-0-473-14107-3 Sept 9- Oct 4. Two large fibreglass sculptures, curated by Young Sun Han.

Beevors, Michele. (2011) Sensitive dependence on initial conditions. Articulate Project Gallery, Sydney, Australia, director Sue Callanan. Curated by William Seeto, 8th-24th July. 6 large sculptural works in various media. Tracey Clement reviewed this exhibition online: 'Tell me a story' @the post post 12/7/2011. Elements of this exhibition travelled to Dunedin to be part of the Art and Medicine Symposium, organised by Peter Stupples, a leading senior academic. The work was shown in an exhibition titled 'Suture Self', held at the Dunedin School of Art, and curated by Victoria Bell. A catalogue was produced to accompany the exhibition, with text by Bridie Lonie. An article by Nigel Benson, 'Links between Art and Medicine', with an image of the work appeared in the Otago Daily Times, Saturday August 27th 2011, p3.

Beevors. M , Eady, S., Oliphant, J. (2010) Censored/Hetrohorror. Dunedin School of Art Gallery, October 2010. 8 works.

Beevors, M. (2008) Debbie Does Disney. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, curated by Aaron Kreisler, 22 November 2008 - 28 February 2009. 10 large sculptural works. The work caused a controversy in that the work "sevensinnerssinning" was censored from the final exhibition. On Saturday November 22nd Nigel Benson wrote that "Gallery evicts nude dwarfs" in the Otago Daily Times. The work was cited in 'Art seen: Contrast and Controversy' on Thursday 8th December, Otago Daily Times.

Beevors, M. (2007) Drawn. Group exhibition. Blue Oyster Project Art Space, Dunedin. Curated by Emily Pauling, 11th-29th September.

Beevors, M. (2007) Back Boot Project. Monuments Dreaming of Me. Various locations throughout Dunedin, curated by Anna Muirhead. March -December. 4 fibreglass sculptures, packaging materials, flyers. Other pieces in the series included work by Scott Eady, Becca Curran, Michael Morley. blueoyster.org.nz/archives/2007programme/the back-boot-project-monuments.

Beevros, M. (2007) Back Boot posters. Posters from the Back Boot Project, Blue Oyster Project Space, Dunedin. Curated by Anna Muirhead, 12th-24th November. 1 poster.

Journal Article

Beevors, M. (2017) Slow Drawing. Essay. Scope Contemporary Research Topics, Art & Design, 13, 8-11.

Beevors, M. (2015) Sculpture is Elsewhere. Editorial, Scope Contemporary Research Topics: Art 10. Special Edition: Sculpture.

Beevors, M. (2006) Leslie Matthews: Sentiment and Jewellery. Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art), 1, November, pp85-87. ISSN 1177-5653 or 1177-5661 for the online version, www.thescopes.org. In this essay I explore the idea of nationalism and materiality in relation to the work of Leslie Matthews, an Australian jeweller.

Conference Contribution - Published Paper

Beevors, M. (2007) The Politics of Poverty: New Performance Art in Dunedin. Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators Conference, Wellington. 2-5th July. 1 hour.

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