Clark Beaumont

Evenings In Residence promises to be a highlight of our public engagement program as the 12 Australian Residency Artists working and living at the Pier offer insights into their concerns and responses to Marina Abramović: In Residence.


Clark Beaumont present a selection of performance videos that have informed their live and mediated performance practice, including work by Candice Breitz, Catherine or Kate, Kate Murphy and Rebecca Daynes, alongside examples of their most recent work.

  • Candice Breitz, Her, 1978-2008 (10min excerpt, single channel screening of seven-channel video work)
  • Clark Beaumont, Waiting for Barcelona, 2014 (4min 50”)
  • Catherine or Kate, Mazda 121 Residency Prelude, 2012(8min excerpt)
  • Clark Beaumont, The Descent, 2015 (5min excerpt)
  • Kate Murphy, Count Me In, 2009 (5min excerpt)
  • Rebecca Daynes, Heroics of Sincerity, 2014 (4min 56”)
  • Clark Beaumont, Heroics and Mateship, 2014 (6min excerpt of one-hour live performance)


Artist, lecturer and theorist Dr Oliver Watts will chair a panel discussion on identity, authenticity, and the impact of popular screen-based culture within the contemporary landscape of live and mediated performance, featuring Professor Anne Marsh, Dr Louise Mayhew, Sarah Clark and Nicole Beaumont.

Clark Beaumont is the Brisbane-based collaborative duo Nicole Beaumont and Sarah Clark. Through both live and mediated performance works they investigate ideas and constructs around identity, female subjectivity, intimacy and interpersonal relationships. Clark Beaumont are the subjects for their work and their collaboration means exploring the social and physical dynamics of working together to create artwork.

Clark Beaumont formed in 2010 at QUT, Brisbane whilst completing their Bachelor Degrees in Fine Arts. In 2013, Clark Beaumont were selected as the 13th addition to the 27th Kaldor Public Art Project, 13 Rooms, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach. In 2014, Clark Beaumont held their first solo exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and were selected by QAGOMA as the 2014 recipients of the Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship. They also received Highly Commended at the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize and this year will exhibit in ‘GOMA Q: Queensland Contemporary Art’ at The Gallery of Modern Art.

During the residency program, Clark Beaumont intend to gain new perspectives and knowledge of contemporary live performance practice. Through temporarily opening up their normally insular collaborative process to include Marina Abramović and the other artists in residence, the duo will engage with new concepts, techniques and approaches to making live work. They will extend upon their research into the constructs of performance, and the complex dynamic between viewer and performer.

Clark Beaumont, Coexisting, 2013 performed for Kaldor Public Art Project 27: 13 Rooms, 2013, curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Photo: Kaldor Public Art Projects/Jamie North


Level 1
Pier 2/3
Walsh Bay