Born in the UK in 1989, Rebecca Howard is an artist, academic and lecturer, 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 at 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 also part of two artist groups: Proximity Collective and Hospitality. 





  • PhD by practice, Manchester School of Art, UK, 2016-2022 (AHRC funded, 2018-2021) 

  • 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 


  • 'Ready-to-Assemble', Gloam gallery, Sheffield, UK (upcoming)

  • '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




  • 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


  • 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


Dream Gallery (Model Making) with Proximity Collective, 2020

Artists Talks 

  • 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


  • 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




  • 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