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Bea Hannay-Young

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  • LevelJunior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsArt Curator - Content Curation - Feature Writer


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About me

I am a Double-First class graduate (2017) from Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, where I read Archaeology and Egyptology. As well as being an academic high-flyer - in 2015 I topped my Tripos - with experience in art-historical and collections research, I have extensive experience working in the museum and gallery sector across the world, handling and curating art from the ancient to the modern. I am also a keen arts writer and speaker; as an undergraduate I wrote a weekly arts column, and am currently the scriptwriter and host of a monthly arts review radio show in Cambridge. I have also hosted tours and talks in the Fitzwilliam and British Museums, and whilst an undergraduate I helped organized and manage open talks with Frances Morris (Director, Tate Modern), Nicholas Cullinan (Director, NPG), and Jake Chapman (YBA Award winner). I am pursuing a career in arts management and curation, and hope to work on new and exciting and flexible projects which can strengthen my international approaches and language skills (specifically in German and Mandarin Chinese).

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  • Art Criticism
  • Art Curation
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Chinese Culture
  • 2+ Languages
  • Art Editing
  • Gallery Administration
  • Art Writing
  • Chinese Painting

Work history


Scriptwiter and Host

Cambridge 105 Radio

Mar 2017
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I script-write and co-host a monthly arts criticism radio show in Cambridge. Organizing a show is a testament to my logistical skills; it usually requires a great deal of research to ensure that material tackled is relevant and engaging, and a single episode can include previews of local and national exhibitions, panel discussions, and interviews with local artists and curators.


Arts Columist & Social Media Editor

Varsity Publications

Jan 2017 - Jul 2017
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I wrote weekly art columns for the largest student publication in Cambridge, Varsity newspaper, making tight deadlines for print. I also wrote reviews for exhibitions opening around the city, and wider arts events such as the Berlinale film festival. A selection of my writing is available at I was promoted to Social Media Editor, where I was responsible for crafting hourly posts to entice a 10,000 strong online audience. I took over the paper's Instagram and increased their following by over 400%.


Curatorial Intern

SGFA Fine Art and Advisory

Jul 2016 - Sep 2016
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Internship
  • I worked as a curatorial and gallery management intern for a period of two months in a contemporary art gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Shalini Ganendra Fine Art (SGFA). Whilst there I consulted on hangings and oversaw the development of the summer exhibition (Shadow Garden), which included researching and writing the catalogue, and crafting press releases for opening. As well as being responsible for the daily running of the art-space, which included managing online presence of the gallery (where I increased engagement with the gallery Facebook account by over 300%, and oversaw a re-branding of their website), I assisted on some longer term projects. I was asked to plan and lead several sessions of ArtHug, an education-based gallery initiative aiming to increase engagement with art for under-privileged children from the greater Kuala Lumpur area. I also consulted on programming for the inaugural Gallery Weekend KL, liaising with artists and galleries around the city to plan a weekend of events promoting the nascent South East Asian arts scene.


Museum Assistant

Szazhalombatta-Foldvar Excavation

Jul 2015 - Sep 2015
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Internship
  • I worked as part of an international research team excavating the Szazhalombatta site just outside of Budapest (one of the largest Bronze Age sites in Europe), where I assisted in post-excavation research at the Matrica museum. I quantified and analyzed the massive volume of pottery found on-site; my report and illustrations are contributing to published archaeological research. I was also able to curate a small exhibition using excavated material from the site, which aimed to communicate and explore the everyday lives - as well as the level of craftsmanship and artistry- of the Bronze Age inhabitants of the area.



HSK Mandarin Chinese

Beijing Normal University

Jul 2017 - Sep 2017
  • One of a group of only 100 students from across the country invited to study for a scholarship in Chinese language and culture in Beijing in the summer of 2017. I graduated top of my class (Introduction to Mandarin) with an average of 99.8%.


BA Archaeology (1st class)

University of Cambridge

Oct 2014 - Jun 2017
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • I graduated in June 2017 with Double-First class honors from Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, having read Egyptology and Archaeology within the Human, Social, and Political Sciences Tripos (HSPS). During my time as an undergraduate I consistently received First Class results, including topping my Tripos in 2015, and being elected as the senior scholar for my college (2016). I was also an active voice in student life, being a representative for Emmanuel's Student Union, editing for Varsity Newspaper, and heading up the University's largest arts society as Vice President. I also advocated for increased access to Higher Education, myself coming from a state-school background, and was instrumental in organizing and running several access schemes within the Archaeology Department.



Arts and Heritage Bursary

University of Cambridge

  • Awarded a prestigious financial grant by the University for securing high-profile work in the cultural sector during the Long Vacation. I used the money to finance travel to Beijing, where I had been awarded a scholarship to study Chinese Art at BNU. I am the first person in the history of the award to receive it twice


Japanese Arts and Heritage Scholar

University of Tokyo

  • One of only five international students awarded a fully-funded bursary to study Japanese Art during the summer of 2017 at the University of Tokyo. During the programme I was exposed to behind the scenes works at Japan's National Museums, and my art criticism work was subsequently published in a University journal.


British Council Scholar

British Council

  • Awarded a scholarship by the British Government to study Chinese culture and language in Beijing.


Dorothy Garrod Scholarship

Univeristy of Cambridge

  • Awarded a financial scholarship from the Archaeology Department of the University of Cambridge as a result of achieving a prestigious fieldwork project in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Emmanuel College Senior Scholar

University of Cambridge

  • Elected to the Senior Scholarship of the college for outstanding academic performances in my end-of-year exams.


Langley Senior Archaeological Scholar

University of Cambridge

  • I achieved the highest academic grades of any student reading the Archaeology tripos at the University of Cambridge.