Meet the artist - Rebecca Beinart
Artist in residence, Crow Park, Keswick
During 2020 we are running a socially engaged art project at Crow Park in Keswick. Rebecca Beinart is our artist in residence for the year. This is part of Trust New Art, in partnership with Arts Council England.
Who is Rebecca Beinart?
Rebecca Beinart is an artist and curator based in Nottingham. She develops projects with a focus on community, ecology, knowledge-making and the politics of public space.
Rebecca makes sculpture, installation and performance, stages collaborative events in public places, and creates public platforms for dialogue. Her projects involve long term engagement with site and evolve through cross-disciplinary collaborative research.
Through her work as an artist and curator she is committed to developing socially engaged projects that respond to participants and places (including other-than-human actors) and consider shared urgencies.
Rebecca's previous work
Rebecca is currently developing Urban Antibodies, a 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.
Previous projects and commissions include being a shortlisted for Jerwood Open Forest (2016); Imagined Geographies, a commission for the National Trust (2015); The Bureau of Urban Wilds, a commission for UP Projects (2013) and the Wasteland Twinning Network (2012-13).
For the past six years, Rebecca has worked as the Engagement Curator at Primary, an artist-led space in Nottingham, developing a place-based programme of commissions and public events.
Future Fictions of Crow Park
What happens when we shift our position from viewers of the natural world to cohabitors?
Rebecca will be working on a socially engaged project focussed on Crow Park over the coming year, responding to the site’s history as a picturesque ‘viewing station’, it’s role in struggles for land access and the establishment of the National Trust.
This as an exciting opportunity to work with local people to explore urgent contemporary questions about our connection to the natural world, the ways that we ‘frame’ nature, a sense of place in fragmented times, and how we collectively build stories for the future.
The project will create a dialogue between the town, the park and the lake – a series of storied landscapes that hold a tension between change and preservation. Rebecca will work with local groups and visitors to map stories of Crow Park and generate future fictions as a way of reflecting on the past, imagining the future and asking what is important to ‘hold in trust’.
These co-created stories will form the basis for a series of performances and temporary artworks shared on site in the autumn.