BETH DIANE ARMSTRONG

BIOGRAPHY

(b. 1985 Nelspruit, South Africa)

Currently living and working in Pretoria, Armstrong was born in South Africa in 1985. In 2010 she completed, with distinction, her Masters of Fine Art at Rhodes University. Rhodes bought her BFA exhibition, Hibernation, into their permanent collection. She has exhibited several solo exhibitions, participated in a number of group shows and projects locally and internationally, as well as being included in various private and public collections. Armstrong has two permanent outdoor public sculptures – 7.5-metre-tall Flag in Oostvoorne, the Netherlands, commissioned by the Kern Kunst Westvoorne Foundation and 10-ton Page for the National English Literary Museum in Grahamstown, South Africa. In their permanent public collection, Standard Bank of Southern Africa exhibits two of Armstrong’s large-scale sculptures – Surface Weight, indoors at their Head-Office in Rosebank, Johannesburg and Division Process - F outside the Standard Bank Gallery in the Johannesburg CBD. In 2017 Armstrong was awarded the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Arts and toured South Africa’s most reputable museums and galleries with her multi-scale and multi-media solo exhibition in perpetuum

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

 

EDUCATION

 

2010               

Master of Fine Art, with distinction, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

2007               

Bachelor of Fine Art, graduated cum laude, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

 

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2018               

in perpetuum, Everard Read / CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

in perpetuum, NWU Gallery, Potchefstroom, South Africa

in perpetuum, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

in perpetuum, Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

in perpetuum, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

2017               

in perpetuum, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

                        

in perpetuum, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa       

 in perpetuum, Standard Bank Young Artist Award 2017, Monument Gallery, Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

2011               

Towards an architecture of loss, iArt (BRUNDYN+), Cape Town, South Africa

To skip the last step, iArt Gallery, Wembley Project Space, Cape Town, South Africa

2010               

Hippocampus, iArt Gallery, Cape Town; Rehearsal Room, Grahamstown, South Africa

2007               

Hibernation, Gallery in the Round, Grahamstown, South Africa

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2018               

Summer, Everard Read / CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

FNB Joburg Art Fair, with Everard Read / CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Not a single story, co-curated by Elizabeth Millqvist & Mattias Givel, in association with the Wanas Foundation – Wanas Kons at NIROX Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read / CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2017                     

 FNB Joburg Art Fair, with Everard Read / CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read / CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Off the wall: A group sculpture exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2016               

Bronze, Steel & Stone, Everard Read / CIRCA Gallery, London, United Kingdom

FNB Joburg Art Fair, with Everard Read / CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Summer Season, CIRCA Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Pastoral Abstraction, Everard Read / CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

A Place in Time, in association with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park United Kingdom, curated by Helen Pheby, NIROX Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

CTAF Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read / CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2015               

Christie’s Design Auction, in association with the Southern Design Guild, London, United    Kingdom

2014               

Design Miami, with Southern Guild, Miami, Florida, USA

The Benediction of Shade II, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa

FNB Joburg Art Fair, with David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa

Design Miami/Basel, with Southern Guild, Basel, Switzerland

NIROX Winter Show, NIROX Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

Turbine Hall Art Fair, with David Krut Projects, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa

Joburg Joburg, Rooftop in Commissioner Street, Johannesburg, South Africa

Guild, Southern Guild, Cape Town, South Africa

2013               

Southern Guild 2013 Collection, Museum Of African Design (MOAD), Johannesburg, South Africa

The Benediction of Shade, David Krut Projects, Cape Town, South Africa

After the Rainbow Nation, NIROX Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012               

Material/Representation, BRUNDYN + GONSALVES, Cape Town, South Africa

FNB Joburg Art Fair, BRUNDYN + GONSALVES, Johannesburg, South Africa

2010               

Summer in the City, iArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

NOVUS, iArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Make A Difference (MAD) Foundation Exhibition, iArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

The Mechanics and Mysteries of Perception, iArt Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Johannesburg Artfair, iArt Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2008               

Absa L’atelier Competition, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2007               

Absa L’atelier Competition, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Fourth Year Student Show, Fine Art Building, Grahamstown, South Africa

Untitled, Salem House, Salem, South Africa

2006               

Rhodes Fine Art Dept Student Show, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

2005               

Rhodes Fine Art Dept Student Show, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

2004               

Rhodes Fine Art Dept Student Show, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

 

 

RESIDENCIES

 

2013               

NIROX Sculpture Park, NIROX Foundation, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa

 

 

SELECTED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

 

Kern Kunst Westvoorne Foundation, the Netherlands

Standard Bank of Southern Africa

Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown, South Africa

The Leeu Collection, Franschhoek, South Africa

 

 

COMMISSIONS/AWARDS

 

2017                      

Standard Bank Young Artist Award 2017 - Visual Arts, South Africa

2016               

Page, outdoor sculpture, National English Literary Museum (NELM), Grahamstown, South Africa

2014               

Flag, flagpole sculpture commission for Kern Kunst Westvoorne Foundation, the Netherlands

2011               

3 Sculptures for Prescient Investment Management Group’s first major advertisingcampaign, Cape Town, South Africa

2010               

Not all is Black and White, All for World Foundation, FIFA World Cup Initiative

Academic Honors, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

2008               

Purvis Fine Art Prize, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

2005               

Golden Key International Honor Society, South Africa

 

 

CONFERENCES

 

2009               

Locating Space: An Investigation into Two and Three Dimensions in Art Practice, Rhodes University Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, Grahamstown, South Africa

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

2017                 

in perpetuum Standard Bank Young Artist Award 2017, catalogue in association with Everard Read / CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2010               

Hippocampus: Seahorse; brain-structure; spatial map, concept, Master’s Thesis, Rhodes University, South Africa