Bethan Huws

born 1961


Bethan Huws (born 1961) is a Welsh artist who won the B.A.C.A. Europe 2006 award given by the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht. She was born in Bangor, Wales and has lived in Paris and Berlin, exhibiting her work across Europe. From 1981 to 1985, she studied at Middlesex Polytechnic, later earning her MFA in 1988 from the Royal College of Art in London. Frequent themes in Huws' work include place, identity, and translation, often using architecture and text. Her work has been described as "delicate, unobtrusive interventions into architectural spaces".

Her exhibitions include the Anthony Reynolds Gallery (1988), Riverside Studios (1989), Kunsthalle Bern (1990), Luis Campana Gallery (1991), the Venice Biennale (2003), and the Ingleby Gallery (2011), among others.

In 1993, Huws made a film called Singing for the Sea in which eight Bulgarian women sing and dance on a beach in Northumberland on the coast of the North Sea, wearing traditional Bulgarian dress. The performance took place over three evenings in front of a live audience, and the resulting 12-minute film was exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp.

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