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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