Imagining Trees

2 Dec 2020 – 5 Dec 2020

Regular hours

Wed, 02 Dec
11:00 – 18:00
Thu, 03 Dec
11:00 – 18:00
Fri, 04 Dec
11:00 – 18:00
Sat, 05 Dec
11:00 – 18:00

Free admission

Bermondsey Project Space

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • C10 Victoria to Canada Water (Stop F Bermondsey Street)
  • London Bridge - Borough

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Philippa Beale’s work never followed the mainstream concerns of her contemporaries. She wanted her work to be widely accessible and developed her understanding of semiotics to promote a democratic spectatorship.


Born 1946 in Winchester, Hampshire, Beale began her career exhibiting with Annely Juda Fine Art. In 1978 “Collected from There” at Angela Flowers ran concurrently with “Collected from Here” at the Acme Gallery; and were subsequently shown at the Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh. She hit the headlines in 1980 in “Women’s’ Images of Men” curated by Sandy Nairn at the ICA, swiftly followed by “Baby Love” reviewed by Waldemar Januszczak in the Guardian shown later at Southampton City Art Gallery. In 1985 she exhibited “Children in Peril When Love Dies” as a giant billboard in the Old Kent Road and continued to exhibit her banal cultural icons “Rough and Smooth” at Angela Flowers’, and “His Ears are Small and Neat” at Akumalatory Gallery, Poland. As the 1990s progressed, Beale, devoted more of her energy to video-making, producing “11 minutes in Leicester Square” and “Art School,” both shown on the GMI giant video screen in Leicester Square. Developing archival sound and dialogue, she went on to produce “From Wilson to Callaghan,” Conceptual Art Practice 1964-79, screened at the ICA in 1996. That year Beale was also elected President of the London Group, broadening the concept of the Group to include installation and moving image.

In 2007 Beale had a retrospective “Blue Bird and Other Stories, Thirty years of Conceptual Art Practice” at the  LCC Galleries. In 2009 Beale moved to France and made a permanent installation at the Church of the Virgin in Vaux, Valence en Poitou. By the time she was asked in 2013 to exhibit in “Under the Greenwood, Picturing the British Tree” at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, trees had become her new polemic. In 2014 she was a  founder member of the Arborealists Movement.

In this exhibition, while each work is a specific scene, the works themselves still adopt a semiotic position in that they can stand for what the viewer, decides.  Experimental paintings and prints have been produced due to the COVID 19 crisis in confinement either in  Margate or Vaux, Valence en Poitou, France.  

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