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Rebecca Howard is an artist, academic and educator, currently based in Sheffield and Derby (Derby Scholar, University of 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 perceptions of place and space. Her doctoral research Manifold (Manchester School of Art, 2016-2021, AHRC funded) explores photography in an expanding field, drawing from theories of folding and the baroque, 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 'banal' architecture.

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, please visit the contact page. 




PhD by practice, Manchester School of Art, UK, 2016-2021 (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

An Elastic Continuum, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK, 2023

We are Nothing Without Stories, Format Festival, Derby, UK, 2023


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 (video projection room), Manchester, UK, 2019 


Repeat Pattern, Manchester School of Art UK, 2016



An Elastic Continuum, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK, 2023 (co-curated with Dr. Victoria Sharples)




Proximity writing retreat, Lymm, UK, 2023


Proximity at Bloc projects, Sheffield, UK, 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



University of Derby's Early Career Researchers Development Fund, 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



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 & Symposia

GLAD symposium 2023: Gathering Ourselves, 2023 (co-participant with Proximity Collective)

An Elastic Continuum, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK, 2023


On Not Knowing: How Artists Teach, Glasgow School of Art, UK, 2023 (co-participant with Proximity Collective)

What Photography Can Be, Format23, QUAD, Derby UK, 2023


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


iJade 2021: Hybrid Spaces:Re-imagining pedagogy, practice and research, 2021 (co-participant with Proximity Collective, online) 


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


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



Manifold: a practice-based enquiry into the spatial and dimensional properties of the photographic print, 2021

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



Derby Scholar/Lecturer BA Photography (Hons), University of Derby, 2022-


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


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


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


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




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