Rebecca Beinart an artist, educator and curator. An ongoing engagement with community, ecology, knowledge-making and the politics of public space runs through her practice. She makes sculpture, installation and performance, stages events in public places, and convenes public platforms for dialogue. Her projects involve long term engagement with site and evolve through cross-disciplinary collaborative research.
She is currently researching and developing ‘Urban Antibodies’ with support from Arts Council England and Wellcome Trust. Recent projects include a residency at ZK/U Berlin (2017), workshops for the ‘Unearthing Season’ at Queen’s House, Greenwich (2017), ‘Jerwood Open Forest’ exhibition at Jerwood Space, London (2016), ‘Imagined Geographies’ (with Katy Beinart), a commission for the National Trust at Biddulph Grange Gardens (2015), the ‘Bureau of Urban Wilds’, a commission for UP Projects (2013-14) and ‘Recreation Ground’ (2013), an exhibition curated by Wasteland Twinning Nottingham. In 2016 she was shortlisted for Jerwood Open Forest (Jerwood Charitable Foundation & Forestry Commission England).
Rebecca also works on collaborative projects, including Origination, a long-term project with her sister Katy Beinart, that investigates migration, family history and place-making.
Since 2012, she has worked as part of the international Wasteland Twinning Network – a group of artists, researchers and activists highlighting the value of overlooked city spaces and re-imagining narratives of urban regeneration.
Rebecca studied a BA in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University (2003) and an MA in Arts and Ecology at Dartington School of Art (2008).
Image credit: Urban Antibodies was performed during a residency at ZK/U Berlin in 2017.
Selected Projects, Events & Exhibitions
- Urban Antibodies, long-term research project that imagines the city as a living organism, looking at sites of toxicity and vulnerability, healing and care – with a focus on plant knowledge and medicine.
- Jerwood Open Forest group exhibition by five shortlisted artists, developing ambitious new projects for forest sites, Jerwood Space, London.
- Imagined Geographies Sculptural installation at Biddulph Grange Gardens, Staffordshire. Collaboration with Katy Beinart. Commission for The National Trust.
- Expanded Studio Project Collaboration with Elena Cologni, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire
- In Dialogue: International Symposium Four day symposium interrogating how artists and researchers use dialogue in practice. Co-curated with Rhiannon Jones and Heather Connelly.
- Archeology of the Future Performance and lecture with David Bell, The Tetley, Leeds
- Bureau of Urban Wilds Publication and public live printing event, UP Projects, London
- Recreation Ground Group exhibition curated by Wasteland Twinning Nottingham, ATTIC, Nottingham
- Bureau of Urban Wilds Commission for UP Projects: Secret Garden Project Lewisham, London
- Production Line Live performance and broadcast with Field Broadcast, Nottingham / London / online
- Adaptation Installation at the new Library of Birmingham as part of the Discovery Season, curated by Capsule
- The Secret History of Plants Exhibition and events at South London Botanical Institute
Selected talks, workshops & higher education
- Re-imagining creativity from below panel discussion as part of Being Human 2015 festival
- Art and the Rural workshop at Impington college, part of Elena Cologni’s residency programme
- Stresses: Living with toxicity workshop as part of a wider programme on ‘The Three Ecologies’ at Nottingham Contemporary
- The Slowgramme Approach talk and workshop for UP Projects, Floating Cinema, Bristol
- Workshop for The Art of Dwelling: A one-day conference exploring long-term approaches to public art & place IXIA/ In Certain Places, Birmingham
- Tutorials and artists talk for Fine Art students at the University of Nottingham
- Catastrophe / Opportunity: a conversation about climate change with invited speakers, co-facilitated with David Bell alongside the ‘Rights of Nature’ exhibition, Nottingham Contemporary
- Walking Reading Group on Participation, Whitechapel Gallery, London. (Project facilitated by Lydia Ashman, Ania Bas and Simone Mair)