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Thomas Beesley

PhD Candidate

I am currently undertaking practice-based research in fine art within the school, having completed an MFA at the University in 2013.


Tom Beesley (b.1960) is an artist and designer based in West Yorkshire.

Recent solo exhibitions include de-,dis-,ex-. (2016) at Bloc Projects, Sheffield and 23:57 (2015) at Fuse Art Space, Bradford. Group shows include Prism 15 (2013) in Sheffield and Beyond Merely Assembling (2013) at Projects:Manchester. His PhD research explores the joint epistemologies of his design and fine art backgrounds, using contemporary art to explore and critically engage with issues of resource use, technologies of production and displaced histories.

Having graduated with First Class Honours in Three Dimensional Design from Leeds Polytechnic in 1983 he established a production workshop manufacturing contemporary furniture. The operation moved into design studios in Leeds and expanded to offer product and commercial interior design services too. Over the following twenty years the business acquired a considerable list of national and international clients, exporting furniture to Europe, the US and Japan.




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