Bettina Furnée


My artistic practice is centred on the use of language as source material and primary medium. The work ranges from print, sound and film to large-scale environmental projects and public art commissions. I work collaboratively with other artists and invite audiences and interviewees to participate in my creative process. My work is driven by conceptual and poetic concerns, and explores ideas of belonging, narrative, displacement and ideology, whilst looking at our accidental place and time in this world.

Based in Cambridge, UK. Studio at Wysing Arts Centre.

Co-founder of peer review group BAT and artist representative on the Board of Trustees of Wysing Arts Centre 2010-15.


Web links

Reality Rules:


If Ever You’re In The Area:




1981-1983          Propedeuse Archaeology and Art History, Leiden University

1983-1989          David Kindersley’s Workshop, Cambridge

1992-1994          MA Theory and Practice of Public Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design

1997-1999          BA Hons Art History, Anglia Ruskin University (First Class)


Solo or Duo exhibitions / major projects / live events

2018     MK Gallery Project Space

2017     Even You Song, choral evensong, Peterborough Cathedral (with Lucy Sheerman & Cheryl Frances-Hoad)

2015     Counting In A Different Language, solo show, Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University

2014     Mooncasting, spoken word performance, The Junction, Cambridge (with Lucy Sheerman)

2012     Reality Rules, installation and event using augmented reality, Parker’s Piece, Cambridge

2011     Material Response, duo show, Ipswich Art School Gallery

2008     Powerhouse, 8-week live event, Cambridge University Library

2006     If Ever You’re in the Area, solo show with live performance day with BBC Radio Essex,

The Naze Tower, Walton-on-Naze

2005     If Ever You’re in the Area, solo show and five off-site works, firstsite @ the minories, Colchester


Selected Group Exhibitions

2015     Expanded Studio Project, Primary, Nottingham & Aid&Abet, Cambridge

2012     Roaming, Aid&Abet, Cambridge

2012     Poetry, Language, Code, Ruskin Gallery, ARU, Cambridge

2011     Invisible Dust, Science Festival, Cambridge

2011     The Tyranny of Grammar, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton

2010     Late Shift, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

2010     Pulse 10 Fringe Festival, The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

2010     Salon Video Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, London

2010     Wysing Arts Contemporary Presents, Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn

2003     Making it East, firstsite, Colchester

2003     Out There, Craft Outside, Crafts Council Gallery, London

1998     The Art of Remembering, Blickling Hall, The National Trust and Memorials by Artists

1997     William Morris Revisited, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

1996     Words Revealed, MAC, Birmingham


Residencies / Grants / Awards

2015-17             Grants for the Arts for Even You Song (with Lucy Sheerman)

2014                 Time and Space Residency, Metal, Peterborough (with Lucy Sheerman)

2013                 Cambridge Sustainability Residency, Sustainability Institute and School of Art, ARU

2010-12             Two phased Grants for the Arts award with Roam collective, Arts Council England

2011                 Eastern Exchanges, International exchange and residency, Colchester & Ipswich Museum

2009                 Escalator Visual Arts , retreat, Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn

2007-08             Space for 10, 8-week artist’s residency at Kettle’s yard, Cambridge (The Arthouse, Wakefield)

2004-06             Three phased Grants for the Arts award from Arts Council East for If Ever You’re in the Area


Selected commissions

2017/18     Near Holme, Call Your Home Poetic, public art project Claridge Park, Middleton, commissioned by MK Gallery

2014-17     Live Neutral Earth, public art for Woodside Linkroad, commissioned by Central Bedfordshire Council

2013     Collective, Wysing Corporate Collective, event and prints

2013     HIGHST, Bedford High Street, commissioned by Mary Portas Pilot and Bedford Creative Arts

2012     Reality Rules (with Dylan Banrse), New Rules for a Fair Society in augmented reality, Parker’s Piece (Cambridge), Visualise Art&Tech commissions by Anglia Ruskin University and Futurecity

2012     Het Huis des Levens, Portland stone memorial, Groningen (NL), commissioned by Stichting Historisch Joods Groningen

2009     I Will Do Right, United Kingdom Supreme Court, glass entrance screen, Courtroom Two screen and library doors, Parliament Square, London, commissioned by Ministry of Justice

2007     Piped Poetry, 52 stenciled texts on water pipes, poetry by Year 5, Millbank Primary, Westminster, London, commissioned by Futurecity Ltd and Barratt Homes

2003     Paradise Is, steel/copper structure, light, signs, planting, Letchworth Garden City Centenary art commission, commissioned by North Hertfordshire District Council

2003     Running through the blue…, mild steel panels with text by Neil Rollinson for Eastrop Park link tunnel,    commissioned by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

2001     Space/Place, concrete seats and stone pieces with text submitted by park users, Heigham Park, Norwich, commissioned by Norwich City Council

2000     Return of the Rivers and Spell against Sorrow, two sets of 3 modular stone seats, New Operations Centre, Bath, commissioned by Wessex Water Services Ltd

1998     Don’t Push Me, seven granite bollards, Cardinal Park, Ipswich, commissioned by Moore, Piet and Brookes, landscape architects

1998     Witness, Church Street bridge parapet in cast iron, Bilston, commissioned by Wolverhampton MBC

1997     State of Rock, four curved benches, Shoreditch Campus, poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah, commissioned by Hackney Community College

1993     Inscriptions on pool edge (T S Eliot) and wall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, commissioned by Birmingham City Council

1990     Portland stone panel and floor slab, Great Peter Street, London, commissioned by Arts Council England



2018     Hard Werken; One for All, Ian Horton & Bettina Furnée, Valiz, Amsterdam

2013     Oral History in the Visual Arts, Eds. Linda Sandino and Matthew Partington, Bloomsbury

2012     Here’s Luck / Bettina Furnée, AND Public, London

2008     Space for 10, The Arthouse, Wakefield

2008     Piped Poetry / Bettina Furnée (Limited edition with DVD), Futurecity, London

2006     If Ever You’re in the Area / Bettina Furnée (with essay by Elizabeth Fisher), firstsite, Colchester