Inspired by landscape and nature
Exploring the past and present
Fascinated by the concept of time and memory
Her work acknowledges an appreciation and acceptance of the transient nature of our world and its simple integrity, with a beauty that lies in imperfection and impermanence.
working across multiple platforms including photography,
drawing, printmaking and film
Caryl graduated from University of Hertfordshire in 2009 attaining an MA in Fine Art Awarded best video prize by Elstree Heritage in 2012 during Eastern Approaches Open Exhibition. A former fellow of Digswell Arts. A member of Memento Collective. https://www.mementocollective.art An Associate Artist at Courtyard Arts Hertford. Recently exhibited in Prague and London, Selected for Derwent Art Prize Exhibiting at the gallery Oxo Tower and Paris later this year- now postponed. Caryl works from her studio overlooking the Mill Stream at Dicker Mill Hertford.
Caryl's current focus is time lapse video, photography, drawing and print making exploring the concept of time and memory. 'time : the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present and future regarded as a whole' This is a continuing investigation.
I’m fascinated by the concept of time and memory. My work has always been my journey of the everyday, in the landscape, marking time. My recent investigations involve post memory. Thinking about childhood memories…how much is remembered, as opposed to recounted memories or images?
‘post memory is a powerful form of memory because it’s connection to it’s object or source is mediated not through recollection but through representation, projection and creation, often based on silence rather than speech, on invisible rather than visible’
The exhibition ‘Death Dreams and Desire” was held at Safehouse 1 in Peckham during September – October 2022.
Memento Collective Death, Dreams and Desire
Known as the ‘father of psychoanalysis’, Austrian doctor Sigmund Freud changed forever the way we see ourselves. Believing our adult behaviour is driven by repressed childhood experiences of love, loss, sexuality and death, he wrote extensively on these subjects. He practised psychoanalysis with many patients in distress and has left a lasting legacy, particularly with regard to how we understand the ‘unconscious’ mind. Nowadays, many of Freud’s ideas have been replaced with more rational, scientific approaches to human psychology. Within the arts however, the creativity and inventiveness of Freud’s theories continue to fascinate and inspire.
(Freud’s theories had a profound impact on the Surrealist Movement of the early 20th century. They brought his ideas into the public eye and made him more popular than ever. The iconic text, The Interpretation of Dreams (1899) was particularly important to the Surrealists. Freud believed that dreams could reveal hidden meanings about our innermost desires, which were often erotic or sexualised, and this provided a perfect backdrop to some of the most impressive artworks of the movement.)
My work and statement for the exhibition:
Caryl is an interdisciplinary artist, using photography, drawing, printmaking and film. She is inspired by landscape and experience, exploring the past and present and is fascinated by the concept of time, memory and post memory. In the process of researching for this exhibition, Freud’s 1910 essay ‘Leonardo da Vinci, A Memory of His Childhood’ triggered an early memory for Caryl. This was the starting point for the works in this show which depict buried memories of childhood trauma as well as glimpses of happier times whilst growing up. She investigates the impact and meaning of childhood memory as well as questioning possibilities around false memory.
Recent Exhibitions and Projects:
Time lapse video exhibited at HY B4 Galerie Kampus Hybernská
Prague in January 2020.
Also shown at Hertford House Hotel April 2019
as part of Hertford Arts Trail.
Stream awarded 'Best Video' at Eastern Approaches 2012
by Elstree Heritage.https://youtu.be/lrY-p2MNjgs
MA Fine and Applied Art (Commendation)
2009 University of Hertfordshire England U.K.
BA (Hons) Fine Art
2005 University of Hertfordshire England U.K.
Access Art & Design
2000-2001 Oaklands College Welwyn Garden City Herts England
1968-1969 Walthamstow School of Art, Walthamstow East London England.
2020 April LOMO Bar. Hertford. As art of Hertford Art Trail. CANCELLED
2019 September Solo Exhibition and Installation event at
The Mill House Hertford as part of Open Studios.
2019 April 8th - May 6th Hertford House Hotel -
Hertford Arts Trail. Fore Street Hertford.
2018 April - May 6th - Women's Society
in St Andrews St Hertford as part of Hertford Art Trail 2018
2018 April - June 4th - Mixed Media Display of work at
'Wesleys Cafe ' Harpenden Herts
2018 July - Currently exhibiting mixed media work at Bebo Cafe Hertford Herts.
2017 June 6 - July 29th 'Impossible Landscapes' Art Van Go Knebworth.
2016 June - Mixed media works at Bebo Cafe Hertford, as part of Hertford Art Trail.
2016 April 1-30 'The Simple Act of Walking'
Art Van Go Knebworth.
2004 (July) Exhibition Reception and offices of Fresh Creative Services Charlotte Street London WC1
2001 Film Projection/Installation Media Studios Oaklands College Welwyn Garden City Herts England
2020 APRIL 3- MAY 16TH IN OUR GARDEN NEW MAYNARD GALLERY
POSTPONED until DATE TBC
2020 12 – 16 May Derwent Art Prize
at 20 rue Saint Claude in Paris. Postponed until further notice.
2020 22 April to 3 May Derwent Art Prize Gallery@OXO London
Postponed until further notice. Online Virtual Gallery:
2020 February 7th - 13th The Old Biscuit Factory Bermondsey. Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition.
2020 January 10-30 th Seen Forms HY B4 Galerie Kampus Hybernská Prague.
2019 December 1st Open Studios at The Forge Digswell AL6 0BU
2019 May 10-11 Digswell Arts Open Studios and Print Exhibition
at The Forge Digswell Hertfordshire AL6 0BU
2019 April 11th Herts Visual Arts Big Showcase
New Maynard Gallery Welwyn Garden City.
2019 April 9th Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition Hertford.
2019 January 23rd to February 23rd Thin Places (Revisited)
at Art Van Go Knebworth
2018 September Courtyard Arts Auction Courtyard Arts Hertford
2018 October 13-20 Thin Places Wynd Gallery Letchworth
2018 September 25th Group Exhibition Wynd Gallery Letchworth
2018 June 25th 2018- Group Exhibition at Wynd Gallery Letchworth.
2018 May 30-June 23 'Time and Tide' with Cathy Smale at Courtyard Arts
2018 June 1-3rd Open Studios at The Forge Digswell Herts AL6 0BU
2018 April - Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition Hertford Herts.
2017 October Hertford Art Society 20th Members Exhibition Cowbridge Hall Hertford.
2017 September 23-24 HVAF Open Studios
at The Forge Digswell AL6 0BU
2017 September 8 Group Exhibition of Co Operative Members
at Wynd Gallery Letchworth
2017 May Open Studios at Digswell Arts Digswell
2016 November 20th Digswell Arts Open Studio Christmas Sale
Digswell AL6 OBU
2016 November Courtyard Arts Members 20th Anniversary Exhibition
at Courtyard Arts Port Vale Hertford Herts.
2016 November Hertford Art Society Members Show Cowbridge Hall Hertford.
2016 May 21-22 Open Studios Event at The Forge Digswell
as part of Digswell Arts
2016 April 8-May 8th Hertford Art Trail my work displayed in Cafe Bebo Hertford.
2015 October 30-November 1 HAS Members Show Hertford.
2015 May 21-June 28th Praesentia group exhibition 'Encounters' Parndon Mill Harlow Essex
2014 October 31st-November 2nd HAS 17th Members Show Mill Bridge Rooms The Wash Hertford Herts.
2014 May 10-11 2014 Print works exhibited as part of Digswell Arts Trust Open Studios Digswell Herts AL6 OBU
2014 April 25th - May 10th 2014.Three of my unique mono prints
to be exhibited as part of Hertford Town Council Art Trail
in Peter & Susan Brown Interiors St Andrews Street Hertford and The Castle Hertford.
2014 March Wallace 100 Framed Mono print exhibited in Palace Green Gallery Stable Yard Hatfield Park AL9 5NQ
2013 November 8-10 HAS Members Show at Millbridge Rooms Hertford Herts
2013 November 10th Praesentia's one day launch of Art Trail for Wallace 100 at Courtyard Arts Centre Port Vale Bengeo Herts
2013 November 7-21 Art Trail for Wallace 100.Various locations in town centre of Hertford.
2013 September Print Exhibition for Open Studios at DAT Digswell Herts AL6 OBU
2013 June New works installed at Palace Green Gallery Stable Yard Hatfield Park AL9 5NQ
2013 May 5th Open Studios at The Forge Digswell Arts Digswell
Welwyn AL6 OBU
2013 (May) Hertford Art Society Open Exhibition at The Cowbridge Halls, Cowbridge, Hertford SG14 1PG
2013 March Palace Green Gallery Stable Yard Hatfield Park AL9 5NQ
2012 December Eastern Approaches St Albans Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. Awarded 1st Prize for Best Video by Elstree Heritage.
2012 (October) Members Show Hertford Art Society Millbridge Rooms Hertford Hertfordshire
2012 (September) Open Studios at The Forge Digswell
as part of The Printmakers Group.
2012 (September) Open Studios Unit 3 Dicker Mill Hertford Herts SG137AE
2012 (May) Hertford Art Society Open Exhibition Cowbridge
2012 (March) praesentia at Courtyard Arts Hertford Herts
2011 (December 10- January 4 2012) Hertfordshire Open Exhibition Museum of St Albans Hertfordshire
2011 (December 7-21) Courtyard Arts Members Show Hertford Herts
2011 (November 11-20) praesentia at Caffe Yum Hertford Herts
2011( April-May) Courtyard Arts Open Exhibition at The Castle Hertford
2010 (December) Open Exhibition @ Margaret Harvey Gallery
2010 (December) Courtyard Arts Members Show Bengeo Herts
2010 (October) Artists in Residence at Luton Hoo Walled Garden
2010 (September) Open Studios at Luton Hoo Walled Garden
2009 MA Show in Gallery at University of Hertfordshire
2008 Open Studios Unit 15a Dicker Mill Hertford Herts SG13 7AE
2006 Hertfordshire Graphics Gallery Hertford Hertfordshire
2006 (May-August) Art Van Go Knebworth Hertfordshire
2006 (May) Hertford Art Society Open Exhibition
2006 (April) Art Fair Artshed Ware Hertfordshire
2006 (April- October) Ashridge Park Gallery Berkhampstead Hertfordshire
2006 (February) ‘wish you were here’ exhibition Artshed Ware Hertfordshire.
2005 (November) Hertford Art Society Members Show Hertford Hertfordshire.
2005 Passionately Pink Artshed Ware Hertfordshire.
2005 (June) BA Degree Show Hertfordshire University Hatfield Hertfordshire.
2005 (May) Hertford Art Society Hertford Hertfordshire.
2004 (April) Inparallel Group Exhibition Dicker Mill Hertford Hertfordshire.
2002 Year One BA Group Exhibition University of Hertfordshire Hatfield Hertfordshire England.
2001 Access Group Exhibition Oaklands College Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire England.
Awards Prizes Fellowships
2012 Best Video Prize awarded by Elstree Heritage at Eastern Approaches Open Exhibition St Albans Hertfordshire
2012 Ist Prize awarded for 'Most Innovative and Intriguing Work' at HAS Open Exhibition Hertford Herts. Print on metal of macro image.
2010 Shortlisted for Skywards Future Artists Award https://www.ourfutureartists.com/Shortlisted/Default.aspx
2007 Margaret Harvey Prize for Welwyn and Hatfield.
2014 October 24th Become a Fellow of Digswell Arts at The Forge Digswell Hertfordshire. http://digswellarts.org/caryl-beach/
News Events 2020:
Selected for Derwent Art Prize Exhibition was to be at Oxo Gallery.
Exhibition postponed rescheduled : Date tbc.
'In Our Garden' Group Exhibition of Digswell Artists at New Maynard Gallery WGC to celebrate the WGC100 Thursday April 2nd 2020 Private View @ 8-9.30pm. Now postponed, date of exhibition tbc.
LOMO Bar - work exhibited as part of Hertford Art Trail April 2020, now. cancelled.
Open Studios at The Forge Digswell AL60BU June 6/7th 2020 postponed until further notice.
Open Studios at my studio Unit 15A Dicker Mill Hertford SG137AE as part of HVAF Open Studio Event September 2020 - uncertain it will happen now.