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Tue, 31 Oct



An Absence, exhibition of work by Philippa Beale

An exhibition of trees, woodland and forest

An Absence, exhibition of work by Philippa Beale
An Absence, exhibition of work by Philippa Beale

Time & Location

31 Oct 2023, 14:00 – 11 Nov 2023, 17:00

Margate, 31-33 High St, Margate CT9 1DX, UK

About the Event

Monday to Friday, 2pm to 5pm

or by appointment - call 07711 783316 / 01843 319828

Private View: Wednesday 1 November, 6.30 to 8.30pm

Philippa Beale’s work has always concerned itself with the question; 'What is missing?’ From her first solo show at the Camden Arts Centre in London; ‘The Highgate Series’, inspired by the monuments of the North London Highgate Cemetery, and the ‘missing’ people the sculptures represent. Fallen, rotting fruit, depicting waste in ‘Windfalls’ exhibited throughout the UK, most notably at the Angela Flowers Gallery, London; the Richard Demarco Gallery in Edinburgh and the Park Square Gallery in Leeds.

 Images addressing missing children and lost childhoods followed in ‘Baby Love’, ’The Girl with Red Shoes’ and ‘Blue Bird’, exhibited at Southampton City Art Gallery and the Akumulatory Gallery in Poznan, Poland.

 After two years, Beale completed the photographic work ‘Love Story’ in 1978, prefiguring CGI by 15 years. Exhibited in 1980 at the Royal College of Art, it was immediately removed - because the content - a woman’s missing lovers, was too difficult for the male establishment to deal with.

 ‘Love Story’ was eventually to be seen in 2007 at the LCC Galleries in London as part of her retrospective exhibition ‘Blue Bird and Other Stories - 30 years of conceptual art practice’  Moving on from sexual politics, Beale’s abiding interest is in missing trees. Having documented these since 2009, she was invited in 2013, by Tim Craven and Steve Marshall , to exhibit at the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, New Forest, for a show entitled ‘Picturing the British Tree - from Constable to Kurt Jackson’. This collaboration led to her inventing the name and becoming a founder member of the Arborealists.  

All the trees in this exhibition are missing - what has happened to them? The explanation will be available at the exhibition.


Also visit

The Arborealists Conference at Turner Contemporary 3 November

At The Water's Edge by The Arborealists, curated by Angela Rumble & Philippa Beale at Pie Factory Margate 4 to 14 November

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