Job title: Director of Postgraduate Studies (PGT), School of Art

Role: Lecturer


Research: See John Beagles on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Current PhD students

Scott Baxter

Daphne de Sonneville

PhD Supervision Topics

John Beagles is an artist and writer. Since 1996 he has collaborated with Graham Ramsay as Beagles and Ramsay, as well as writing extensively for numerous publications.

John studied painting at the Slade School of Art from 1988-1992.  He attended the MFA course at Glasgow School of Art from 1994-1996, where he predominantly worked in video. It was at Glasgow School of Art that he started collaborating with Graham Ramsay.

As an artist John’s work has been focused on exploring aspects of contemporary culture specifically the affects of consumerism, the cult of celebrity and issues around political agency and disenfranchisement. He also has an interest in the allegorical and critical potential of playing with habitual ideas central to the mythology of art. Beagles and Ramsay have exhibited widely on both a national and international level. In Scotland they have exhibited at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (“Dub’L introoder” 2001), the Tramway Gallery (‘What makes you and I different” 2006), the Fruitmarket (“Evolution isn’t over yet” 1999) and the Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (Running Time 2009). In 2010 two of their works were purchased, by the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow for the permanent collection. Outside of Scotland they have exhibited at the I.C.A. London (Crash 2000), Venice Biennale (2003) P.S.1 Gallery of Modern Art, New York (2004) and  the Migros Museum, Zurich (2005).

There has always been a strong connection between John’s studio practice and his work as a writer. Between 199-2001 he worked collaboratively with the writer Dave Beach on series of essays on the legacy of conceptualism, video art and a critique of cultural studies (published in Variant, Artmonthly and Everything magazine). Independently John has written for numerous art magazines (Artmonthly, Map and Variant and most recently Sight and Sound) as well writing numerous catalogue essays for various artists. From 1997-2003 he worked at the Collective Gallery Edinburgh as a committee and board member, being responsible for the joint selection of all shows, the production of education material.

At ECA he has run courses on contemporary Art, Artist run initiatives, New Media and Digital Culture, Contemporary Sculpture and the history of British film. He currently splits his time between undergraduate work in the department of Visual and Cultural Studies and studio teaching on the MFa program. He has also taught on the MFA courses at Glasgow School art on the MFA course and at Chelsea College of Art.

“'people Never Notice Anything'”. 2017.
“Triumph Of Zero”. 2016.
“The Scottish Endarkenment”. 2016. Art And Unreason From 1945 To The Present.
“Uncle Chop Chop Publication Launch”. 2016.
“'devils In The Making' Group Show”. 2015. Gallery Of Modern Art Glasgow.
Beagles, John. 2015. “Marc Quinn: Making Waves (Review)”. Sight & Sound.
Beagles, John. 2015. “Venice Biennale 2015 (Review)”. Sight & Sound.
“Luminous Latitude #1”. 2015. Alchemy Film Festival.
“New Meat”. 2014.
“Beagles And Ramsay”. 2014. Generation: 25 Years Of Contemporary Art In Scotland. National Galleries of Scotland.
Beagles, John. 2014. “Stuck In Pause”. Sight & Sound.
“The Art Of Drawn Movements”. 2014.
“Reclaimed -The Second Life Of Sculpture”. 2014.
Beagles, John. 2014. “Satisfy The Need In Me”. Sight & Sound.
Beagles, John. 2014. “Artmoreorless”. Sight & Sound 24 (1).
“I Want To Be Your Dog”. 2013. Group Show.
Beagles, John. 2013. “Weird Sisters”. Sight & Sound 23 (10).
Beagles, John. 2013. “Fear Of A Flat Planet”. Sight & Sound 23 (7).
“Mush Mush Mush”. 2013. New Work In 'r-U-Dead Yet?".
Beagles, John. 2013. “The Archive Reanimated”. Sight & Sound 23 (3).
“Adverse Collaborations”. 2012.
“Life Is Beautiful”. 2012.
“Tales Of The City, Gallery Of Modern Art, Glasgow”. 2012.
Beagles, John. 2011. “What We Make With Words, C.c.a Gallery, Glasgow”. CCA, Glasgow.
Beagles, John. 2011. “In A Class Of Their Own”. Variant 39/40.
Beagles, John. 2011. “Spam Mush Dust”. Glasgow Project Space.
Beagles, John. 2011. “We Are The People”. Gallery of Modern Art.
Beagles, John. 2011. “As Radical As Reality”. Spectrum Almanac.
Beagles, John. 2011. “Blode Ziege”. Galeria Nuno Centuno.
Beagles, John. 2011. “Public Talk On Jeff Koons, National Gallery Of Scotland”. National Galleries of Scotland.
Beagles, John. 2011. “The Long Avant Garde”. Cartel Gallery.
Beagles, John. 2010. “Hertie Querty, Gallery Of Modern Art, Glasgow”. Gallery of Modern Art.
Beagles, John. 2010. “Rubble Stir”. The Glue Factory.
Beagles, John. 2010. “Darren Banks And Oona Hegarty Review In Map Magazine”. Map: Journeys In Contemporary Art.
Beagles, John. 2009. “Running Time - Artists Film In Scotland From 1960 To Now”. Dean Gallery.
Beagles, John. 2009. “Blase Zombie”. In Warehouse Of Horrors.
Beagles, John, and Graeme Ramsay. 2009. “Two Fine Examples Of British Dentistry”. Margaret Lawrence Gallery.
Beagles, John, and Graeme Ramsay. 2008. “Good Teeth”. Glasgow Sculpture Studios.

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