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Matter in Grey unveiled at the University of Cambridge

‘These beautiful and corporeal concrete panels are architectural on one hand and flesh-like on the other. The overall impression of the artwork is that of an abstracted tissue bank containing all the endeavours past, present and future of the building.’  Jacob van der Beugel

I am excited to announce the completion of a major art commission for the University of Cambridge Department of Chemistry. The commission is for the façade of the new Chemistry of Health building which will house researchers working to understand and combat disorders including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

The work which adjoins the main entrance is a 10-metre long, 2.5-metre high series of 240 highly detailed, handmade, self-healing concrete aggregate panels that depict the progression of neurodegenerative illness. Developed in consultation with scientists who will work in the building and RH Partnership Architects it creates a dynamic and poignant focus to the façade of the building and relates to its important research role.

Photography courtesy of Paul Riddle Photography.

Memento Mori- A Film

The Wallace Collection welcomes Jacob van der Beugel as Artist in Residence

Jacob is thrilled to announce that he will be the artist in residence at the Wallace Collection, London. 

During this residency, Jacob will address themes of legacy and philanthropy through the history of the Wallace Collection and Sir Richard and Lady Wallace, exploring the motivation behind their incredible gift to Britain and the legacy they left behind. As part of the residency van der Beugel will take part in a round-table discussion at our international conference in November 2018 – Sir Richard Wallace and His Age: Connoisseurs, Collectors and Philanthropists.

Image and Text courtesy of the Wallace Collection.

Memento Mori at Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, London

As part of London Design Festival (16th-24th September) Memento Mori (2007) will be exhibited at and sponsored by Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, Jermyn Street, London. 

The gallery is open from 10am-6pm and we would be delighted to welcome you.

Treasures of Chatsworth, Episode 2

Treasures from Chatsworth, Episode 2: Commissioning Artworks Across Generations

An original video series produced by Sotheby’s.

There is a rich history of patronage at Chatsworth, which is filled with works commissioned directly from artists of their time, be it the early 19th century or the early 21st. This episode explores the relationship of trust between the artist and their commissioner, highlighting Jacob van der Beugel’s 2014 DNA Wall and Antonio Canova’s The Sleeping Endymion, made almost exactly 200 years earlier.

New Art Centre

I am delighted to announce that Expression Repression (The Missing Story) is being exhibited at the award winning Artist House at the prestigious New Art Centre. The work is available for sale through the New Art Centre. For any enquiries please contact

C2D2 artist residency

Jacob has collaborated with the Haematological Malignancy Research Network, HMRN and the Epidemiology and Cancer Statistics Group, ECSG based at York University to highlight certain aspects of haematological malignancies, commonly know as blood cancers. This will culminate in an installation piece created from concrete and rust, utilising the metaphorical possibilities of concrete cancer that will be shown at York Art Gallery. For more images click here. For more info about C2D2 please click here.

Artist Residency at The Wellcome Sanger Institute

Jacob will be undertaking an artist residency at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, a genome research institute primarily funded by the Wellcome Trust. The residency will commence at the beginning of June 2015. Jacob's area of focus will be ways of representing emerging areas of research within cancer genetics.

The North Sketch Sequence Film

A film of the concepts, process and installation surrounding the North Sketch Sequence has just been released. The film was produced by Backwardsroll Productions. I would like to thank Chatsworth House for their support in this endeavour and Oliver Page and Anrew Farrer of Backwardsroll Productions for their time and brilliance.

Coda worx awards

The North Sketch Sequence has been voted as the 2014 winner in the residential category of this year's CODAworx awards.This is an international competition judged by established and very significant members of the art, design and architecture world.

The North Sketch Sequence

A major new permanent ceramic installation called The North Sketch Sequence has been created for Chatsworth House and is described as the ‘most important art installation at Chatsworth since the creation of the Sculpture Gallery in 1832’.

The North Sketch Sequence is open to the public from 16 3 14. It depicts the DNA of The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and their son and daughter-in-law, Lord and Lady Burlington, in a highly original interpretation of traditional portraiture. A fifth central portrait has been created that depicts ‘Everyman’, highlighting the importance of visitors to Chatsworth.  

The work has been created in association with gallerist and curator Joanna Bird.

The Barley House Commission

A large scale architectural installation, The Barley House Commission, has recently been completed for collectors in Suffolk.  A three way collaborative film has been produced of the installation with music composed by Felix Erskine and directed by Oliver Page and Andrew Farrar.

The Ashes Commission

To mark the occasion of the first Ashes Test to be played in Wales, I have collaborated with Freddie Yauner to produce an artwork deriving from his residency during the npower Ashes.

Match day crowds were asked to draw the ashes urn, 500 of their drawings will be used to create ceramic tiles.

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