About + CV

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London based artist Bettina Fung | 馮允珊 creates two dimensional, performative and site specific works. Her practice explores what drawing can become and involves the performative aspect of drawing. Bettina often draws in live settings at exhibitions and festivals, hence sharing her process and allowing the work to unfold over time. She is drawn to the liminal space between nothing and existence that is potent with possibilities. Themes of ritual, futility, purposelessness and notions of productivity and progress are subjects of interest.

Bettina’s background is in computer animation. She gained her degree in Bournemouth University (NCCA) in 2005, where her animated short Sushi was screened at film festivals in the UK and Australia. She has since worked as a video editor and now fully dedicates herself with her artistic practice.

Bettina has exhibited throughout London, nationally and abroad. She was a recipient of the a-n Artist Information Company's New Collaborations Bursary in 2014 to carry out collaborative research in combining traditional drawing methods with interactive design technologies. In 2018, she was awarded Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts award in supporting her solo exhibition, Imprints of Passing Time, at Surface Gallery in Nottingham.

Bettina is currently taking part in Syllabus IV, an alternative peer led artist development and learning programme, and is an Associate Member of the Asia-Art-Activism Research Network.


CV

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & PERFORMANCES

2019

Performance x 4A, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia at Art Central Hong Kong

Performance: what gets stuck in the eddy goes around and around, SEA Currents Festival; Raven Row, London, UK

Being Present: Performative reponses to Speech Acts; Manchester Art Gallery, UK

2018

FLOW Day3: Contract with the Skin; Asia-Art-Activism Research Network, Raven Row, London, UK

Imprints of Passing Time; Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK (SOLO EXHIBITION)

Liminal Mass - Performance evening as part of First Thursdays late opening of Art for the Environment exhibition at Bow Arts, London UK

2017

Makers of the Multiverse by Juneau Projects; Spacex, Exeter, UK

Draw the Line; Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK

Radical Love: Female Lust; Crypt Gallery, London, UK; On tour: Storyhouse, Chester, UK (as part of Women of the World Festival); Gallery X, Dublin, Ireland

‘La Collection Secrète #2’ performance art event, organised by Kubilai Khan Investigations in partnership with Théâtre des Salins in Martigues, France

2016

Un Festival Vrrr; Musée d'Art, Toulon, France

The Space between the Lines; 139 Artspace, London, UK (SOLO EXHIBITION)

COLOUR (part of Plymouth Art Weekender); Studio 102, Plymouth, UK

Draw to Perform3: International Symposium of Drawing Performance; Curated by Ram Samocha; Crows Nest Gallery, London, UK

Duration & Dialogue Performance Arts Festival; Curated by Natasha Bailey, Dario Del Daga and Johannes Zits; Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

2015

Toys (Are Us); Curated by Kosha Hussain; Crypt Gallery, London, UK

Draw to Perform 2: International Symposium for Drawing Performance; Curated by Ram Samocha; NUMBER3, London, UK

2014

Guerrilla Zoo's Modern Panic V; Curated by James Elphick; Apiary Studios, London, UK

2013

Bad Behaviour presents...chART; Brixton East, London, UK

21 Artists: London (also exhibited as part of RE:Think Festival); 3Space's Blackfriars Hub, London, UK

I am. Interrupted (part of One Billion Rising UK Art Festival); Curated by Kosha Hussain; The Doodle Bar, Battersea, London, UK

2012

Seeing in the Dark; Curated by Paula MacArthur; The Fletcher Centre, Rye, UK

ALAS Autumn Residency 2012 Exhibition; Matt Roberts Arts, London, UK

RESIDENCIES

2018 Asia-Art-Activism Research Network, Raven Row, London, UK

2017     Summer Lodge; Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK

2016     Play Ground; John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK

             Study Week devised by Jesse Darling; Wysing Arts Centre, UK

2012     ALAS Autumn Residency; Matt Roberts Arts, London, UK

BURSARY & AWARDS

2018     Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts award

2017     Winner of Draw the Line Open Exhibition at Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK; Awarded solo show

2014     A-N Artist Company New Collaborations Bursary

PUBLICATIONS

2018

A Dialogue Still In The Making 2002/2018; a collaboration with Erika Tan; published by Erika Tan, in the occasion of the book launch of ‘Contesting British Chinese Culture’ (2018) edited by Ashley Thorpe and Diana Yeh on 30 November 2018, UK

Footnotes; contributed “If you want to perfect dragon step, do it ten thousand times.”; published by Tate n Lyle, UK

PRESS

gal-dem, "‘Radical Love: Female Lust’: turning historic Arabic poetry into contemporary art" by Olamiju Fajemisin, 27 February 2017

i-D, "these artists are creatively inspired by arabic poetry of love and lust" by Matthew Whitehouse, 20 February 2017

Var-matin, "Tout ce qu'il faut savoir sur le Festival "Vrrrr" à Toulon", 20 September 2016

WORKSHOP FACILITATION & ART EDUCATION

2018

Tate - Created L is for Living Cities paper self-led student resource for Tate Modern’s ASSEMBLY 2018

2017 - 2018

Bow Arts Artist Educator Trainee Programme - Facilitating art workshops within school settings. Worked with students from Yr3 to Yr6.

2017 - 2018

Cubitt Artists' Institute of Anything - Experimental & Performative Drawing workshops with young people (13-19 years old) as part of the 2017 & 2018 programme as well as shorter taster sessions.

2016

Goldsmiths Arts & Design Saturday Club - Take a line for a gif, performance drawing workshop for young people (13-16 years old), co-facilitated with Ram Samocha.

EDUCATION

2018 - present   Syllabus IV (delivered in partnership with Wysing Arts Centre, INIVA, Spike Island, Studio Voltaire, Eastside Projects and S1 Artspace)
2005    BA Computer Visualisation & Animation (Bournemouth University): 1st class honour
2001     MEng Computer Science (Bristol University): completed 1st year