Bryony Benge-Abbott
Bryony Benge-Abbott (b. 1984) is a British-Trinidadian artist and creative director whose practice explores diverse ways of perceiving the natural world, building on a professional background in public engagement with contemporary science and social history. Working within an ecocentric and decolonial framework, her practice moves between public realm installations developed in collaboration with academics, artists and activists to studio painting with creative writing. She is particularly interested in embodied ecology as a methodology to illuminate human-nature interconnectedness and strengthen feelings of kinship. In 2006 Bryony graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA Hons in Fine Art Painting. She then attended the University of East Anglia to undertake an MA in Museology with a Curatorial Fellowship at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, with particular focus on the display and interpretation of ethnographic museum collections. Since then, Bryony has spent over 16 years working as curator and artist on a diverse range of exhibitions and public realm projects at institutions ranging from The Women’s Library and the Black Cultural Archives to the British Ecological Society and the Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment. For four years she led the inaugural public exhibition programme at the UK’s largest lab, The Francis Crick Institute, where she curated Deconstructing Patterns: Art and Science in Conversation and project managed other major shows and artist commissions. In 2019 Bryony’s commitment to engaging the public with science through art was acknowledged by the Mayor of London, who highlighted her as a ‘hidden credit to the city’ as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations. Recent public art commissioners include the William Morris Gallery, Butterfly Conservation, Octopus Energy, LDA Design, Oxford City Council and University College London. Last year Bryony directed the outdoors film The Colour of Transformation, celebrating Black and women of colour working in nature. Currently, she is artist-in-residence at Corbin’s Wildlife Sanctuary in Tobago and Research Artist in Melting Metropolis, a 6 year Wellcome-funded project looking at the history of heat and health in London, Paris and New York.

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