We are delighted to host an Artist Talk by internationally renowned exhibiting artist Rana Begum, as part of her current solo show Ordered Form at St Albans Museum + Gallery, curated by UH Arts + Culture.

Join us to hear about the artist’s multidisciplinary practice, widely known for elegant colour relationships and precise geometric patterns. Begum’s work focuses on the interplay between light, colour, shape, and form through sculpture, painting, printmaking, and architecture.

The artist will discuss her influences and touch upon her time studying her foundation course at University of Hertfordshire – an experience she sites as having had a pivotal impact on her in opening up new ideas and disciplines.

Gallery installation of Rana Begum's minimalist works– a vertical red mesh sculpture in the centre and three wall- based pieces surrounding it as a blurry figure walks through the gallery space.

Installation view of Rana Begum: Ordered Form at St Albans Museum + Gallery.  Photography by Rob Harris

This talk is part of the ‘Thinking Through Making’ Artist Talk Series, established by the University’s School of Creative Arts.

Entry is free and everyone is welcome! Booking is essential as we have a limited number of spaces.

The event will take place in:

Prince Edward Hall (Main Building)
University of Hertfordshire
College Lane Campus
AL10 9AB

If you are unfamiliar with the location, you can meet us at the Main Reception at 13:40.

We advise parking in Student Car Park E or The Forum Multi-Storey. Parking is FREE for the first 2 hours on weekdays, with a £2 fee thereafter. At the University of Hertfordshire, we use Hozah, which makes paying for parking quick, easy, and convenient. We also have our Park and Ride located at Angerlands. More information can be found here: Parking at UH

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus for this inspiring event to celebrate the success of an alumna of the University!

This event forms part of the supporting programme of events for Rana Begum: Ordered Form, which runs until 14 April 2024 at the St Albans Museum + Gallery. Open daily 11:00 – 17:00. For more information, please visit www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk and @stalbansmuseums

Rana Begum wears a black top and pale green trousers as she stands in front of her vertical, minimalist wall-based green and red sculpture.

Rana stands next to No.1141 Zigzag (2022). Photography by Rob Harris

About Rana Begum

Rana Begum (b1977 in Bangladesh) moved to Hertfordshire, England, in 1985. Begum received her BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design from the University of Hertfordshire in 1996. She studied painting at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of London, graduating in 1999 and received an MA in Painting from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 2002.

Begum was elected a Royal Academician in 2020.

Begum's work has been internationally exhibited, with solo shows at the The Box, Plymouth (2023); Concrete, Dubai (2023); Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, London (2022); Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry (2022); Tate St Ives, Cornwall (2018); Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (2017); Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham (2018); Parasol Unit, London (2016); Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2014).

In 2017, Begum curated the Arts Council Collection in an exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and was awarded the Abraaj prize, Art Dubai.

She has undertaken residencies in Bermuda, Italy, Philippines, Beirut, Bangkok and England.

Recent group exhibitions include Whitechapel Gallery, London (2023), Moody Centre for the Arts, Houston (2022), Wanas Konst, Sweden (2021) Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2021); The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington (2018); Frieze Sculpture Park, London (2018); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2018 and 2012); Kettle's Yard, Cambridge (2018 and 2016).

Begum's work is held in numerous private and public collections including the Ashmolean, Oxford; Government Art Collection, London; Arts Council Collection, London; British Council, London; Sainsbury Visual Art Centre, Norwich; Collection Pictet, Geneva; Simons Foundation; New York; Taubman Museum of Art, West Virginia; Coimbatore Centre for Contemporary Arts, India; Samdani Collection; Bangladesh; Farjam Collection, Dubai; Abraaj, Dubai and MONA, Tasmania.

Rana Begum lives and works in London, England. Begum is represented by Kate MacGarry and Cristea Roberts Gallery in the UK, as well as internationally by Jhaveri ContemporaryGalerie Christian Lethert, and The Third Line.

www.ranabegum.com and @ranabegumstudio