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What if you look to the dominant historical and contemporary narratives where you live and don’t see yourself reflected there? How do you negotiate 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.

Kay Mei Ling Beadman is an artist, researcher and co-founder of Hong Kong artist-run initiative Hidden Space. She uses her Chinese and white English mixed ethnicity to explore aspects of complex dual identity formation, often focusing on embodied aspects of lived experience amid socio-politically and culturally constructed assumptions around race. Her practice is multidisciplinary and includes wearables, installation, performance, video, painting and text. She has a BFA from the University of Reading, UK, an MFA from RMIT, Australia and a PhD from the City University of Hong Kong. Kay zigzagged between HK and UK growing up, but has lived and worked permanently in Hong Kong since 1999. She has exhibited in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka and the UK.


Selected Exhibitions


Closer Together, Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong



Closer Together, RMIT Gallery, Naarm | Melbourne, Australia



Nexus between Art, Practice & Research, Floating Projects, Hong Kong



BOOKED, Tai Kwun, Hong Kong

Fault Lines, Present Projects, Hong Kong

Interdependencies, Institute for Contemporary Arts, Singapore 

And the Ship Sails On, JCCAC, Hong Kong

System Dreams, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, Hong Kong


The Invisible Child Grows Up (Solo), Zizhi Babel, Shanghai, China



Image and Sound In Spite Of..., LASALLE, Singapore

The new (ab)normal, RMIT Gallery, Naarm | Melbourne, Australia


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

Enduring Reality Part 3 (Solo), Hidden Space, Hong Kong

Man-made by Nature, City Hall Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong



IMAF 2016, 18th International Multimedial Festival, Center Gallery, Odzaci, Serbia; and Suluv Gallery, Novi Sad, Serbia

The Museum of International Connectivity, The Dirty Dozen, Naarm | Melbourne, Australia

Crossing Border | Border Crossing, JCCAC, Hong Kong



1st Shenzhen Biennale of Contemporary Art, Shenzhen University Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

This Time, Pao Galleries, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong

Tropical Lab 9: Island, Institute for Contemporary Arts, Singapore

The Remembering Body (Solo), Wah Tat Industrial Centre, Hong Kong

Peripheral (Solo), Lightscape Projects, Naarm | Melbourne, Australia 

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, BZ Art Gallery, Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong

SIX, Lightscape Projects, Naarm | Melbourne, Australia

This Must be the Place, School of Art Gallery, RMIT,  Naarm | Melbourne, Australia


Stepping Out (Solo), Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka 

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