Beau W Beakhouse & Sadia Pineda Hameed are a collaborative duo based in the Ebbw Valley, Wales. Their installations combine sculptural wood and metalwork with text, audio, film and performance to imagine autonomous and alternate futures and to consider the relations between colonialism, labour, ecology and speculative fiction. Condensed in their concept of ‘rustic futures’, the duo create hybrid objects using repurposed techniques and processes familiar to both traditional craft and industrial manufacture. ‘Not the rustic as in a romanticised past, but as a production prototype for a future where we each could be responsible for the sustenance of a collective project. As an understanding of the future that is neither naive nor apocalyptic.’ Their installations and objects have traversed alternative worlds of steel production, Filipino colonial history and industrial backdrops of science-fiction, connecting present day sites to layered narratives and mythologies. They have shown with The Mosaic Rooms, Catalyst Arts, The Crypt Gallery, Chapter Arts, g39, Glynn Vivian Gallery, MOSTYN, Gentle/Radical, Arcade/Campfa, Peak Cymru and others. Residencies have included Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Centrum Kultury ZAMEK, Tangent Projects and Jerwood UNITe. They have been awarded the British School at Rome Fellowship 2023 and the Freelands Fellowship 2022-24, as well as the Jerwood Staging Series and Jerwood New Work Fund 2023.