BEAU W BEAKHOUSE is an artist and writer based in the Ebbw Valley, Wales. They have a collaborative practice with Sadia Pineda Hameed. Their installations combine sculptural wood and metalwork with text, audio, film and performance to imagine autonomous and alternate futures and to consider the relations between colonialism, labour, ecology and speculative fiction.
Condensed in their concept of ‘rustic futures’, the duo create hybrid objects using repurposed techniques and processes familiar to both traditional craft and industrial manufacture. In 2022-23 they created sites that speculated on the use of tools, traversing alternative worlds of steel production, Filipino colonial history and industrial backdrops of science-fiction. They have also been crafting iterations of altered game boards that allow for tactile methods of communication beyond the colonial and structural limits of language.
They were supported by Jerwood New Work Fund 2022 for a solo exhibition at Catalyst Arts, Belfast and the Jerwood Staging Series to develop new performance work. Recently they had residencies with Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, Centrum Kultury ZAMEK, Tangent Projects and g39 Unite and have shown work with The Mosaic Rooms, Chapter, Gentle/Radical, Arcade Campfa, Glynn Vivian, g39, Peak, MOSTYN and others. They are currently on the Freelands Fellowship 2022-24 and the British School at Rome Fellowship 2023.