Vanilla Beer Artist's CV


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1950   Born, July 4th.


Dressing Table installation by Vanilla Beer
2008 Virtual Installation


Food paintings
2008 Les femmes connaissent
pas toute leur coquetterie

2008 (Jan -) Represented byTracker d’Art Gallery, Toulouse, France.
(Feb/March)  Solo Exhibition l’Atelerie Gallery, Esperaza, France
(Jan/May) Exhibited in Musée du Miel, Esperaza, France.
(June-) Represented by Galerie Caunes, Minervois, France.
(June) Exhibited with Dix Artistes d’Esperaza, Espace d’Art, Rennes-les-Bains, France.
(July) Solo Exhibition Casino, Alet-les-Bains, France.
(Aug) Submitted thesis for Master of Arts, Exeter University: ‘The Order of Signs;  
  Esotericism in the Work of David Jones, 1895 – 1974)
(Aug) participated in l’Air, Espace d’Art, Rennes-les-Bains, France.
(Aug) Exhibited with Dix Artistes d’Esperaza, l’Atelerie Gallery, Esperaza, France.

(Nov) Awarded Merit for MA "The Order of Signs: Esotericism in the Paintings of David Jones" Exeter University, England.
2007 (Mar) Selected for Toques et Clochers, Limoux, France.
(May) Selected for inclusion Chemin des Artistes de la Haute Vallée de l’Aude.
(June) Included in Le Bleu, Espace d’Art, Rennes-les-Bains, France.
(July) Included in Le Pays de l’Aude, Espace d’Art, Rennes-les-Bains, France.
(July) Solo Exhibition l’Atelerie Gallery, Esperaza, France
(Oct)  Included in Secret, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London.
(Sept and Oct issues) Listed in ARTENSION nos.37 & 38
(Nov) Exhibited in Musée du Miel, Esperaza, France.
(Dec) Exhibited at Tracker d’Art Gallery, Toulouse, France.
Interviewed BBC Radio Cambridgeshire


La ligne
2007 La ligne




Prenez Mangez et Vivez
2006 Publication
Prenez, Mangez et Vivez

Moon eater
2006 Moon Eater

2006 (Feb-March) included in Les Nus d’Esperaza, l’ Atelerie Gallery, Esperaza
(April) Artescape /Peacock University publication, Prenez, Mangez et Vivez; critical essays
   and reproductions of  current work.
(April) Solo Exhibition l’Atelerie Gallery, Esperaza, France
(May) Solo Exhibition Maison de Tourisme, Quillan, France
(May) Selected for inclusion Chemin des Artistes de la Haute Vallée de l’Aude,
(July) Included in La Révolution Française, Espace d’Art, Rennes-les-Bains, France.
Began M.A. at University of Exeter (part-time distance learning)
(August) Shortlisted prizewinner for public art commission Co. Mayo, Ireland.
(Oct)  Included in Secret, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London.
(Oct) Solo Exhibition, Union, 50 Greek St. Soho, London.
(Oct) included in exhibition at Maison Gilbert, Lezignan, France
(Dec) included in exhibition, Casino, Alet-les-Bains, France
2005/6 (Dec. – Jan) Exhibited with sculptor Joel Barthes at Maison Gilbert, Lezignan, France.
2005 Awarded an Artescape grant to assist arts practice.
included in touring show, covering the Aude region, France concluding in March at the Dome, Carcassone.
Selected for inclusion Chemin des Artistes de la Haute Vallée de l’Aude, open studios.
Invited to show with Art for Care, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Included in La Vie de l’Eau et l’Eau de la Vie, Espace d’Art, Rennes les Bains
Solo exhibition Espace d’Art, Rennes les Bains, France.
(December) Guest lecture and workshops, Greenwich University, London
Le coeur a ses raisons
2005 Le coeur a ses raisons
2004 Book cover and six illustrations, Cybernetics and Human Knowing
Guest lecture and workshops, Greenwich University, London.
included in 8eme Salon des Arts Plastiques de Trebes, France
Joint exhibition with Ellie Clemens at La Caderonne, Esperaza, France
Group show, Exposition d’Art, Centre Culturelle, Esperaza, France.
Included in Chemin des Artistes de la Haute-Vallée de l’Aude, open studios.
Joint exhibition with Ellie Clemens at Art du Quai, Esperaza, France.
Included in International Plein Air Expo., Art Du Quai, Esperaza.
Included in Secret, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London.
Interviewed by Radio Northampton
Solo exhibition at the Casino, Alet-les-Bains, France

2004 Owl

Elle a lassie
2004 Elle à Lessie

2003 Included in group exhibition at Creative Spirit Arts Center, New York, USA
Guest lecturer, Art in the Digital Age, Greenwich University
Exhibition with Ellie Clements in Chelmsford, Massachusets, USA
Included in Chemin des Artistes de la Haute-Vallée de l’Aude, open  studios.
Exhibited in Day of The Dead Exhibition, N.London.
Exposicion del Arte Internacional at Almeria, Spain
Launched a series of sound CD’s, Silent Spacesat The Horse Hospital, London.
Accepted role as Vice-Chancellor of Peacock University
LA T Remembers Artwork
2003 LA T Remembers
2002 Guest Lecturer, Arts and Hertiage Management Course, Greenwich University.
included in Themeless, Sally Barker Gallery, Hackney.
included in Green Tea, Vauxhall Park Festival, London.
Included in New Works by Old Fellows, Artescape exhibition, The Gallery, Dury
  Lane, Lincoln and Greestone Gallery, School of Art, University of Lincoln.
Moved to France; Artist in residence at l’Atelier, Esperaza, France.
Accepted chair of Art and Theology, Peacock University.
From precious moments
2002 From Precious Moments

Original art
2001 Untitled

French abstract art

2001 Guest lecturer, Belief, Reason and Imagination course, Greenwich University.
Interviewed by BBC London
Artist in residence, Hall Place, Bexley – workshops and exhibition, video made of 
  interactive installation.
(May) with Vladimir Dirsh and Aurora Munoz, Exhibition for the Millennium,
  National Institute of Physics, Portland Place London.
(December) group show at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, SE London.
solo show at Gallery 291, Hackney.
Prize winner when design selected for installation at Deptford Creek.
2000 Facilitator for Sculpture park in homeless hostel, Camberwell, London.
Delivered paper at conference in Avignon, France – findings voted into strategy document.
(March) solo show, Portraits and Narrative Paintings, Heathers, Deptford.
(June/July) installation included in International Art Museum, Deptford.
(July) Solo show at Blackheath Concert Halls, London.
(November) solo show, Inside Influence, Stephen Lawrence Gallery.
(November) group show,The Box Show,  Zillah Bell Gallery, York.
(December) included in 291 Artmart at Gallery 291, Hackney, London.

From the book of light
2000 From the book of light
1999 Completed ‘The Art Arsenal’, a report commissioned by Greenwich Council.
(March) included in Women of the 20th Century, Greenwich Museum
1999 - 00 Workshops commissioned by Common Purpose.
(November) group show at Woodlands Gallery, Blackheath, London
1998 Artist in Residence at Burnside Conference, Royal Naval College.
(May) Performance with My Eyes, My Eyes, Deptford, London
(August) Workshops in Greenwich and Camden.
(August) solo show, Dimbola Lodge Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight.
Interviewed by Talk Radio
The Memory of Desire
1998 The Memory of Desire
1997 1997-00 Book reviews for The Art Book.
Artist in residence at Catford Cultural Festival –
  drawings and interviews used on subsequent interactive CD-ROM
1997 –2004 part-time lecturer, Art and Media course, Greenwich University.
(March) Solo Exhibition, Citizens Gallery, Woolwich, London.
Interviewed by LBC
(May) Award from Ray Finnis Charitable Trust.
(September) Performance with Amoeba at New Cross, London.

Angel wings
1997 Angel Wings

1996 (June) Solo Show at Harpers, London Bridge, London.
(November) chosen for Painting of the Month at Russell and Chapple,
  Shaftesbury Avenue, London.
Workshops in creative thinking for Civil Servants at Sunningdale
solo show at Heathers, Deptford.
Interview on Talk Radio
Interviewed by BBC Three Counties Radio
Alchemical Study - Russell and Chapple
1996 Alchemical Study
1995 February – March)  Group show, Genderquake, Citizens Gallery, Woolwich. Selector.
(February) Invited Artist, with ‘Myth information’ Chats Palace
1995-6-7 (July) Workshops for the Anti-racist Festival, Plumstead; also for Greenwich
Museum, Greenwich Borough and Common Purpose..
Solo Open Studio, Woolwich, London.
Advisor for Gallery 37, Greenwich, London.
Invited Artist, Woodlands Art Gallery, Blackheath, London.
Portable chapel
1995 Portable Chapel
1994 (Jan – March) Farrago Visuals, invited artist, Chats Palace, London
(May –June) with Dave Eyre, Citizens Gallery, Woolwich, London.
(July) Performance and workshops, Anti-racist festival, Plumstead.
(November/December) with Dave Eyre and Michelle Murray,  Rathaus-Galerie,
  Reinickendorf, Berlin
6 Book covers for Whiley and sons, publishers.
(October) solo show at Whittakers, Woodstock, Oxfordshire.
(October) solo show at Heathers, Deptford.
(September), A Serpent in Eden, Article in Artists Newsletter



Dream reflected in the third eye
1994 Dream reflected in
the third eye

1993 1993 1995 part-time teaching at Greenwich Community College.
(April)  Group show, Space Frame Gallery, Gillingham, Kent.
Group show, Hall Place, Kent.
(June)with Bernard Heslin, Battersea Studios Television Centre.
1993 /1994  Solo Show, Madrigal Centre, Manilla, Philippines;
  Awarded British Council support.
included in South East London Annual Arts exhibition, Blackheath.
Book cover designs for Greenwich University publications.

From the book of days painting
1993 From the book of days

1992 (March)Solo show at Trinity Arts Centre,Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
(June) Solo Show at Old Rectory, Sturton-by-Stow, Lincolnshire
(August) Solo Show at Artescape, Sturton-by-Stow, Lincolnshire.
(August)Image included in AN Handbook.
Artwork in France
1992 Untitled
1991 1991 –1994 Part-time studio assitant to R.B. Kitaj.
Part-time lecturer in creative studies for Lewisham College
(March) Lasting Impressions, group show at Festival Hall – invited artist and on 
selection panel.
(April) Winner, The Mail on Sunday competion, selection made by
  Edward Lucie-Smith resulting in exhibition at Art/London 91
(May) Group show at Scarborough Art Gallery
(August) Atlantis Great Car Boot Sale (included in article in The Times, Sat August 3rd)
Invited artist,Women In Art, Woodlands Art Gallery, Blackheath.
(October)  Awarded Artescape Fellowship
Mail on Sunday art Award winner
1991 Winner
Mail on Sunday Award

The red earth is also nourished by the rays of the moon
1990 The red earth is also nourished by the rays of the moon

You need to know who dreampt you to this place
1990 You need to know who dreampt you to this place

1990 Group shows in Tom Caldwell Galleries, Belfast and Dublin, N. and S. Ireland.
invited artist,Portobello Open Print Exhibition, London.
Design work for Sphere and Collins books.
(June) group show; 20:20 vision, The Tall House, Southwark Street London SE1 –
   work on publicity.
Visiting Lecturer Southwark College.
(September) solo show; Alchemy; Citizens Gallery, Woolwich, London.
(September)  selected for On the Railings, Docklands Art Fair, Isle of Dogs.
(December) Work selected for use in The Women Artists’ Diary, 1991.
1989 Design and implementation for ‘Side Effects’, special effects company working for
  (amoung others) Jeremy Beedle.
Part-time teaching at Adult education classes, Inner London.
Solo Show; Drian Gallery, London W2. Picture sold to Polish National Gallery.
(November) Group Show;The Art of the Printmaker Festival Hall.
  work used on poster and publicity.
When death began his clockwork
1989 When death
began his clockwork
1988 Part-time teaching at the London College of Furniture.
(April) exhibition with Patrick Cuenot, 224a Shaftesbury Ave., London W2
(May) Article published in Trade Guild Journal.
(July) Group Show,  Drawn To Print, Swiss Cottage Library, London.
(December) Group Show, Recent Prints, Royal Festival Hall, London.
(December) Solo show; New Paintings, De La Warr Pavilion, Sussex.
You have changed my mourning into dancing
1988 You have changed my
mourning into dancing
1987 (Feb) solo show; Leighton House Museum, Kensington, London.
(March) with Patrick Cuenot, Oasis, Topsfield Parade, N.London
(August) group show, Contemporary International Artists, Queens Gate, London
(September) Work appears in ‘Creative Drawing with Pencils,’published by Element.

Abstract painting
1987 Small study


1986 Group show, Print ’86, Concourse Gallery, Barbican, City of London.
Group show,Print and Text, Garden Gallery, Kew
Included in Rank Xerox Collection, touring – bought for Rank Xerox Collection.
(August) with Bernard Heslin, Open Studio, Altenberg Gardens, Battersea, London.
group show; Portraits of Artists, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex.
Moved to Woolwich, SE London

Installation de la Warr Pavilion
1986 Installation
de la Warr Pavilion

The courtesy of the Towers
1985 The courtesy
of the Towers

News travels
1986 News Travels
1985 (January) Lecture at London College of Printing.
One-off lectures at other London colleges follow.
group show, The Printed Image, Leighton House, Kensington, London
The Bordeaux Arts Festival, Bordeaux, France.
Artists for Peace, St James, Picadilly, London.
group show of large works; Double Elephant, Concourse Gallery, Barbican,
City of London.
selected for Open Drawing Exhibition, White Space Gallery, Islington, London.
invited to show; Souvenir Show, Camerawork, Roman Road, East London.
Selected for Kawagawa exhibition, Japan.
International Contemporary Arts Fair, Olympia
(-non aligned artist, stand 946 –  donated by the organisers)
(December) solo exhibition ; Golden Jubilee Celebration, De La Warr Pavilion,
Including 2 tier window installation.
Group show; P.M.C. 21st yr exhibition, Festival Hall, South Bank, London.
1984 Group show Contemporary Prints, National Theatre, South Bank, London.
Group show , Art and Vision, Westminster Cathedral, London.
Christies Contemporaty Art, Marie Jordon Gallery, Yorks.
(June/July) Public View with Bernard Heslin, Bert Seaborn and Lettie Bosman   
  Festival Hall, South Bank, London, for which VB made an 80 ft long installation over the
  main entrance to the Festival Hall.
(April) elected to Fellow of Printmakers Council.
  included in Gallery Artists Art Show, Jerdan Place Gallery, Fulham, London
Group show Young Printers, Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, Central London
Included in Sheffield Open Art Exhibition, Mappin Gallery, Sheffield.
Included in Battersea Open Art Exhibition, Battersea Arts Centre, London.
Selected for Present Prints, Bloomsbury Theatre Gallery, London University.
1984–1985 audio-visual projects for Integrated Circles, including commissions for I.B.M.

1984 Installation Royal Festival Hall
1984 Installation Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London

Paintings by Vanilla Beer
1984 Untitled

Peace tent
1983 Peace Tent

1983 Book cover commissioned by Mitchell Communications, Canada
touring group show,The Box Train
Solo Show; Stats, touring London Libraries.
(September) with Jane Jackson and Roger Kohn, Art Attack, Cuts Gallery,
Kensington Church Street, London
(September) Solo Show; Centre 181 Gallery, Hammersmith
(December) Prize Winner  G.L.C Peace Year Exhibition, Royal Festival Hall, London.


Portrait painting
1982 Portrait

1982 1982 - 1983, selected for Summer Show Lyric Theartre, Hammersmith, London
Set of 6 postcards designed for the band, “Sneezes in China...”
Group show Across the Frontiers, Imperial College, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London.
Sight gauge
1982 Sight gauge
1981 Arts Council touring exhibition finishing at  ICA, London
Moved to Fulham, London.
Taught art part-time at Newent Comprehensive School, Gloucester
1981 Timepiece art
In studio
1980 (August) Group exhibition, MacRobert Arts Centre Stirling, Scotland
1973 Moved to the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire and painted.
Designed colours for local Hells Angels. Directed collaborative mural at Coleford Centre for Unemployed.
Became Art Director for the Theatre Experience (S.E. Arts funded)
1971 - 1973 Moved to Paris.
Taught drawing at the Sorbonne and at the Cité University for the American Institute for Foriegn Study, (A.I.F.S). Exhibited in a central Paris gallery as stock, also at Arts et Métier, then a small gallery in Les Halles.


2006-2008     MA Exeter University, England
1995-1998     BA (Hons.) Greenwich University, England
Walthamstow College of Art, London.
Performed at Drury Lane Arts Lab.
1967 -1968    
West Surrey School of Art and Design, Farnham Surrey.
                     Pre-Diploma Course. 
1966 –1967   
Poles Covent, Ware, Herts.
St Maurs Convent, Weybridge, Surrey.
Won ‘Oxfam’ Art competition – awarded box of watercolours.
              Obtained Honours award from Royal Drawing Society.
1954 –1960    
Mylnhurst Convent, Dore, Sheffield, Yorks.


Artist Vanilla Beer