Bethan McFadden creates artworks of animals, and curious interpretive drawings inspired by animals and forms found in nature.
In 2012 she was selected as artist in residence at Communidad Inti Wara Yassi wild animal refuge in Bolivia, where she created drawings of the animals to sell to raise funds for the organisation. She also created a sculptural piece there to take to an Eco Festival in Peru, to help raise awareness of CIWY. In 2015 she created ‘Vanishing Species’, a solo exhibition of fine pencil drawings and sculpture of endangered animals, as a part of the Big Green Week in Bristol & in May this year she created ‘Vanishing Species (pt.ii)’, a much larger exhibition at The Crypt Gallery in London.
She is a graduate of University of the Arts, London. She has exhibited in New York, Montreal, and a number of galleries in London and Bristol. She currently lives in Bristol.
May 5th – June 17th 2017: Grass Roots, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, USA. ‘Growth of the Soil’ was selected for inclusion in this group exhibition. “‘GrassRoots’ includes artworks in all media that expand the definitions of environment and connection. Via painting, photography, video, mixed media and sculpture, 49 artists present ideas of the world and our place in it. Themes explored are vast and intimate spaces, flux and order, ethereal and natural forces, identity, and the systems that define, alter, and form our world(s).”
2017: Kuuki, The Roper Gallery, Bath, UK. Juried exhibition with the aim of using art as a platform for debate and collective awareness regarding environmental concerns.
2016: Vanishing Species pt.ii, The Crypt Gallery, Euston, London. For this exhibition Bethan presented a body of work reflecting on the deteriorating state of the animal kingdom. Set within the labyrinthine tunnels of the Crypt Gallery, the exhibition featured a menagerie of endangered animals from Britain and around the world; clay and mixed media sculptures of primates, drawings of birds of prey & bumblebees, and a life-size rhinoceros, among others. The exhibition was presented in collaboration with World Land Trust and coincided with the UN International Day for Biological Diversity. 25% of sales were donated to the World Land Trust’s Atlantic Forest conservation project.
2015: Selected for the Limner Gallery’s annual Christmas exhibition. Hudson, New York
2015: Vanishing Species, Co-Exist, Bristol, UK. As part of the Big Green Week in Bristol, Bethan exhibited life sized drawings and sculptures of endangered animals & gave a percentage of the profits of sales to the Soil Association.
2014: A Dip in the Potion, collaborative show with The Minesweeper Collective, London (Group)
2014 (& 2016): Malmesbury Art Collective exhibition, The John Bowen Gallery, Wiltshire, UK.
2014: New Pencil & Ink, solo show at The Runcible Spoon, Bristol, UK.
2012: Residency at Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi wild animal refuge in the Amazon rainforest, Bolivia. During a one month period at the refuge, Bethan drew wild cats, monkeys and birds; her works were commissioned or auctioned off to raise funds for the charity. The sculptures she created at the refuge are currently on display in Cusco, Peru.
2012: The Ramblin’ Rose, Crouch End Festival, London (Solo)
2011: Monsters International, Galerie Espace, Montreal (Juried)
2011: In the Between, The Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, London (with Cian O’Neill)
2010: 50 Years Fantastic (Society for Art of Imagination group show), La Galleria, Pall Mall, London (Juried)
2010: Limbo, Supine Studios, Hackney, London (with Cian O’Neill)
2009: Brain Squeeze, The Foundry, Old st, London (Group)
2008: Shortlisted for DLA Piper Art Award
2008: Degree Show, Camberwell College of Art, London (Group)
2007: Beneath the Surface, The Foundry, Old st, London (Group)
2007: At the Still Point of the Turning World, Attic, London (Solo)
2005 to 2008: BA Drawing, Camberwell College of Art, London
2003 to 2004: Foundation Studies, Wimbledon College of Art, London