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 About/CV

 

Rebecca Howard is an artist, academic, and educator, currently based in Sheffield and Derby. Her creative practice engages with photography, installation, model-making, and sculpture to investigate the ways in which photographs, as both images and material objects, shape our experiences of place/space. Her doctoral research Manifold (Manchester School of Art, 2016-2022, AHRC funded) explores photography in an expanding field, drawing from theories of 'the fold' (Deleuze, 1988) and baroque aesthetics to interrogate the spatial and dimensional properties of the photographic paper-print and its capacity to generate form, reconfigure interior space, and draw critical attention to seemingly unremarkable architectural features.

Rebecca is part of an artist/research group called Proximity Collective and co-founder of NMRG (New Materialist Reading Group) at University of Derby with Dr. Victoria Sharples. For more information, go to the contact page. 

Orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5317-0001

 

Education

 

PhD by practice, Manchester School of Art, UK, 2016-2022 (AHRC funded, 2016-2022) 

 

MA Photography, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (Distinction), 2011-2013

 

BA Graphic Arts and Design, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK (First Class), 2008-2011

 

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions & Installations 

Format Festival, Derby, UK (upcoming, March 2022) 

 

There-Then-Here-Now, Bankley Gallery, Manchester, 2022

 

'All the Small Things', Artcore, Derby, UK, 2021 

 

Proximity at Abingdon Street Market, Blackpool, UK, 2021

 

Proximity at Paradise Works, Salford, UK, 2019 

 

On the Image', Manchester School of Art, UK, 2019

 

'Nothing Abandoned', Paradise Works, Salford, UK, 2017

 

'Visualising the Home', (Carlisle Photo Festival), Vallum Gallery, Carlisle, UK, 2017

 

'What Now!?' Manchester School of Art, UK, 2013

 

'The World According to Mass', Bench Gallery, Manchester, UK, 2012

 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions & Installations 

 

'Mirror-like Marble', Derby Cathedral, Derby, 2022 

 

'Unit 28-30', Stretford Mall, Manchester, UK, 2021

 

'When we build, let us think that we build forever' Holden Gallery foyer, Manchester, UK, 2019 

 

'Meta', Holden Gallery (film projection room), Manchester, UK, 2019 

 

'Repeat Pattern', Manchester School of Art UK, 2016

 

 

 

Residencies

Proximity at Bloc, Sheffield, UK (upcoming, 2023) 

 

Proximity at Rogue Studios, Manchester, UK, 2022

 

PAHC (Post-graduate Arts and Humanities Centre) Researcher in Residence Instagram Takeover, 2021

 

Paradise Works, Salford, UK, 2019 

 

British School at Rome, Italy, 2019 

 

Islington Mill, Salford, UK, 2019 

 

Venture Arts, Manchester, UK, 2019

 

Awards/Funding 

ECR Development Fund (University of Derby), 2023

NWCDTP Targeted Funding, 2023

 

University of Derby's Early Career Researchers Development Fund, 2022

 

NWCDTP Student Initiative Fund, 2021

 

AHRC doctoral research funding 2018-2021

 

Plaque Prize, Manchester School of Art, 2019

 

NWCDTP Collaborative Skills Development Scheme, 2019

 

Workshops

Dream Gallery (Model Making) with Proximity Collective, 2020

 

Artists Talks 

Exploring relations between photography, architecture and performance (with Dr. Victoria Sharples and Valeria Carnevale), University of Derby, 2022

 

Post-PhD with Proximity Collective (as part of the NWCDTP PhD Careers Week) online, 2021

 

Nothing Abandoned, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 2017

 

Visiting Lectures

Village Green photography lecture series, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2021

 

Model Making, MA Media, Manchester School of Art, UK, 2021  

 

BA Fine Art, Blackpool School of Arts (Blackpool and The Fylde College) UK, 2021

 

Photo/Sculpture/Installation with MA Photography students, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 2019

 

Conferences

Format23 conference, 2023

 

​Arts in Society History/Histories: From the Limits of Representation to the Boundaries of Narrative, July 2022

 

iJade 2021 Hybrid Spaces:Re-imagining pedagogy, practice and research, online, 2021 

 

The Image: Techno-storytelling: Past, Present, Future, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, 2019

 

Digital Humanities, Human Technologies (NWCDTP), Salford University, UK, 2018

 

Journal Articles

Thinking and Making Through Folds, Comparative Media Arts Journal, 2021

https://www.sfu.ca/cmajournal/issues/issue-nine--relations/Rebecca-Howard.html

 

Roles

Derby Scholar, University of Derby, 2022-present day

 

Early Career Academic (Creative Industries), University of Derby, UK, 2021-2022

 

Freelance Photographer (Food, product, architecture, weddings, theatre, and portraits) 2010-present day  

 

Gallery Interpreter, The Lowry, Salford, UK, 2016-2020

 

Gallery Assistant, The Lowry, Salford, UK, 2008-2016 

 

 

 

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