Recycle, Upcycle and Reclaim - Childhood Patterns

As a ‘Maker’ I cut patterns, make garments and childhood keepsakes.

As an Art Psychotherapist, I identify patterns of behaviour and their root causes often learnt from childhood.

As an Artist I explore childhood patterns through the metaphors of ‘tailoring’. Unconventional materials are often used as pattern templates to portray the challenge of change in materials already fixed in their inherited form.


Flisan Beard’s work explores psychological issues such as flashbacks and nightmares ‘haunting’ and the activation of memory. Her art practice looks at a wide array of artistic relationships to memory association, repetition and reappearance of negative patterns, as well as forms of ‘active’ forgetting. Her art practice is experiential, experimental and reflective. Taboo subjects are often explored in narratives through playfulness and dark humour. Flisan uses found objects, photography, film, traditional art media as well as contemporary. People, environments, psychogeographic work, site-specific, installation all fit in her interest of relational dynamics. Projects include art and science, social engagement, community participation, artistic interventions into public spaces, ecology projects, and much more. Further Flisan Beard is an HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist experienced in Hospice care, Mental health, Paediatrics and Education.

Selected Exhibitions
Soundstripe 4 – Welland Festival, Elland  
2018 CBMT 25 Years Anniversary, Goldsmiths, London
2017 Stones throw, Minories gallery, Colchester
2016 Sense of place, Outside 16, Cuckoofarm, Boxted
2015 Open Exhibition, Firstsite gallery, Colchester
2015 After Dark, Cuckoofarm studios, Boxted
2014 Scene & Sensed, Hadleigh Hub(Curating) Hadleigh
2014 Cocoon Viewfinder, Hadleigh Country Park(Public Art) Hadleigh
2014 Cuckoo Lab, Outside exhibition, Cuckoofarm, Boxted
2013 Finding a voice, making your mark, Goldsmiths, London.2013, On the Edge, Harwich Arts Festival, Harwich
2012 Un Lieu de Memoire, Outside exhibition, Cuckoo farm, Boxted
2009 Bright and Beautiful, Slack Space, Colchester
2008 Open studios, Benham gallery
2007 Untitled, Live Gallery, Colchester
2007 Light house – Outside Exhibition, Boxted
2006 MADD-It’s my life exhibition, children’s right (project) Harlow
2005 Manifestation, Cabaret Voltaire Gallery (solo) Colchester
2004 The Rising Stars, Hay Gallery, Colchester
2004 Shaken and stirred, Goldsmiths, London
2004 Jacques Hall Mental health Project-photographic portfolio, Manningtree
2002 Healthy Living CEDARS-Mental Health, Firstsite gallery, Colchester
2002 MMII, Digby Gallery, Colchester
2001 A question of Heart, Jorge Orta, (collaboration) Firstsite, Colchester
2001 Life Nexus, University Gallery Exhibition, Essex

Selected Interdisciplinary Art
2018 doART – daily, MP collaboration, Parliamentary drop in, Westminster, London
2018 Paediatric rheumatic diseases and emotional wellbeing, awareness blog
2018 Private space in public place, Art-based research, GOSH, London
2017 Donate a Hood, Pattern of childhood and mental health, St Aubyn Centre
2015 Land Art and social engagements with adults mental health, Hadleigh
2014 Arts project with terminally ill patients and school children, Clacton
2014 Arts project with terminally ill patients and school children, Colchester

2003 – 2006 Goldsmiths University, London, Master Art Psychotherapy
2000 – 2003 UCC School of Art, Colchester, BA(Hons)Fine Art