Awards for Artists
Image of Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson
Photo credit: Trent McMinn

Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson

Once described by Tate as ‘two of Britain’s most exciting young filmmakers and performers’, London-based performance artists Lucy Beech and Edward Thomasson (born 1985) create choreographed group activities. Since graduating from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, they have worked independently and collaboratively to explore performance outside of traditional theatre settings.

Their performances often involve the live construction of sound to explore how the body can be used as an instrument. At the centre of their work is an exploration of how performance is initiated in non-theatrical environments as a tool for working through everyday emotional and occupational problems and experiences.

Since 2010, their performances have been shown within the UK and have gained international attention, with showings at Tent, Rotterdam, the Yapi Kredi Cultural Centre, Istanbul and Camden Arts Centre London. Their most recent performance, Public Relations (2016) was staged at Maureen Paley, London and Site Galley in Sheffield.

This award will transform the way we are able to build projects, enabling us the freedom to explore and develop new works independently. The support will allow us to construct a self-sufficient working method, in order to build a more fluid and sustainable way of producing into the future; developing choreographies that function as objects that can be restaged and reimagined for a number of sites.

Examples of work

Seven Year Itch, 2015

Seven Year Itch, 2015

HD video with sound. 4 minutes duration (extract 2m).
The Boys, the Girls and the Political, group show, Lisson Gallery, London.
Originally performed at the Barbican Theatre, 2011.

Public Relations, 2016

Public Relations, 2016

Performance documentation. 10 minutes duration (extract 2m).
Performed at Maureen Paley, London.

Passive Agressive 2, 2014

Passive Agressive 2, 2014

Performance documentation. 15 minutes duration (extract 2m).
Performed at Camden Arts Centre, London.

Open House, 2012

Open House, 2012

Still of 15 minute performance. Performed at South London Gallery.