Anne Bean has shown works in numerous galleries and venues worldwide. Galleries in London that have presented her work include Tate, Hayward, Whitechapel, Serpentine, ICA and Royal Academy. She has received several large-scale awards such as a British Council Creative Collaborations fund, leading to international work with women from countries of conflict. A Tate research/LADA Thinker in Residence Award resulted in an ambitious work, TAPS, involving over 80 artists engaged in improvisatory experimental practice. She was artist in residence at many institutions including Franklin Furnace, New York and Whitechapel Gallery, London. Matt’s Gallery, London have presented several solo shows of hers, including Radiant Fields, resulting from an ICA/Toshiba New Technologies award and Autobituary, which included a publication of the same name, Throughout 2020 she programmed monthly works, inviting over 80 artists to take part in Come Hell or High Water on the Thames foreshore, each event reflecting strategies to deal with current challenges including Covid. Cooper Gallery, Dundee, Belfast International Festival of Performance and Live Art Development Agency commissioned online works during 2020/21. She exhibited with England & Co, London and performed at Café OTO, London in 2020. In 2021 she instigated and took part in African Incidentalism, an event with Zambian artists. She has continued to work with these artists, including commissioned works for the initiative Live Art Histories and Futures and ongoing collaborative work with Serah Chibombwe.
In a monograph on her work, Self Etc., 2018, the writer Dominic Johnson wrote: Anne Bean is a noted international figure who has been working actively since the 1960s. The art of Anne Bean makes strange our sense of time, memory, language, the body, and identity, particularly through solo and collaborative performances along a vital continuum between art and life.