Beca was a group of artists formed in the 1970s in Wales. The group was formed by Welsh artist Paul Davies and brought a new national consciousness to late 20th-century art in Wales.
Although Beca's importance in Welsh art is still widely unrecognised, it was the instigating movement in the politicalization of art in the country. The group took international trends and methodologies in art and applied them to a Welsh context. The group's artists drew on a diverse range of sources including Arte Povera, Fluxus and Surrealism.
The group continued into the 21st century, led by Davies' brother Peter; and together with the likes of artists Ivor Davies, Iwan Bala, Peter Finnemore and Tim Davies the group found respectability under post-modern reassessments. The group used a mixture of artistic expression, including installation, painting, sculpture and performance, engaging with language, environmental and land rights issues.
The beca is worn on the breast and shoulder, over the doublet. The colors of the beca and the coat of arms embroidered on it identify the university and school or faculty that the tuno belongs to. The beca is given to the tuno by his companions when they consider that he has enough experience, and is fit to represent his University Tuna and, by extension, his/her university.
Beca may refer to:
- Beca, group of artists formed in the 1970s in Wales
- Beca Group, engineering and consultancy services companies
- Beca (garment), a form of stole worn on the breast and shoulder by tunos.
- Andon Beça, Albanian politician
- Matt Beca, Canadian professional ice hockey player