Dave Beech

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Senior Lecturer

Chelsea College of Arts


Dave Beech is a member of the Freee Art Collective and is Professor of Art at Valad Academy in Gothenburg. He is an artist and writer. His works have been exhibited at the Istanbul Biennale and Liverpool Biennale and his books include Art and Value (Brill, 2015) and Beauty (MIT Whitechapel 2007). 

Research interests

Marxism, art, public sphere, aesthetic philosophy, economics of art, politics of labour.

Research statement

I research the formative social conditions for artistic practice and its relations to broader social and political forces. My book Art and Value relocates the economics of art within the discursive history of ‘economic exceptionalism’. My current book, Art and Labour, reconsiders art as a form of labour that arose during the crisis of the regime of the arts and the installation of the capitalist regime of labour. My work with Freee is focused on a political rejuvenation of the concept of the public sphere as the realm of dissensual publishing.


Current students and thesis titles

Joshua Y’Barbo, Chelsea Salon: Institutional Critique of the Art School Through Interstitial Pedagogy.

Lana LockeFeral Objects.

Alice Evans, Epistolary Film.

Amanda Newall, Costume and Insitutional Critique.

Eva Weinmayr, Publishing as Event (based at Valand Academy).

Completed students and thesis titles

Andrew Hewitt, The Politics of Art in Culture Led Regeneration.

Andy Conio, Multiple Subjects in Deleuzean Video Art.

Selected research outputs