Kay Mei Ling Beadman was born in England of mixed Chinese and English heritage. She has a BFA from the University of Reading, UK, an MFA from RMIT, Australia, and is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.  She is particularly interested in exploring the complexity of dual identity through the presence of the body. Her practice is multidisciplinary and includes painting, text, video and installation. Since 1999, Kay has lived and worked in Hong Kong. In 2017 she co-founded the artist-run initiative, Hidden Space. She has exhibited in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka and the UK.


What if you look to the dominant historical and contemporary narratives where you live and can’t see yourself there? How do you navigate through the space between the culture that surrounds you and your individual identity? My interest is in exploring this area, especially through the body itself. The body can be a repository of meaning, a physical reality forever in the present, remembering and continually in the process of being formed and re-formed – an instrument that writes its own personal narrative.


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Selected Solo Shows 
Enduring Reality Part 3, Hidden Space, Hong Kong

The Remembering Body, Wah Tat Industrial Centre, Hong Kong
Peripheral, Lightscape Projects, Melbourne, Australia

Stepping Out, Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Selected Group Shows
Social Transformations, Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Description of Absence, Art Space IAa, Jeju City, South Korea

Silk Road: Portal to World Imagination, Xi'an Art Museum, Xi'an, China
Wayang Malam 2: Short Films, Videos, Animations, McNally School of Fine Arts, Singapore
Man-made by Nature, City Hall Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong

IMAF 2016, 18th International Mulitmedial Festival, Center Gallery, Odzaci; Suluv Gallery, Novi Sad, Serbia
The Museum of International Connectivity, The Dirty Dozen, Melbourne, Australia
Crossing Border / Border Crossing, JCCAC, Hong Kong

Shenzhen Biennale, Shenzhen University Art Museum, Shenzhen, China
This Time, Pao Galleries, Hong Kong
Tropical Lab 9: Island, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore
Passageway, Gallery of Hong Kong Art School, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

Burning, 247 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Asia Contemporary Art Show, Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong
SIX, Lightscape Projects, Melbourne, Australia
This Must be the Place, RMIT School of Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Selected press 

Silk Road: Portal to World Imagination, Xi'an Art Museum, September 2017
The First Shenzhen Biennale of Contemporary Art, November 2015
Ceylon Today, Escape Section, April 2012


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