Approved: 18.09.2007

Katy Beinart

Artist, Film-maker, Lecturer / academic, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 18.09.2007

I have been practicing as an artist for over 15 years, combining elements of art and architecture, after originally training as an architect at the Bartlett, University College London and Oxford Brookes University. My work has been shown nationally and internationally in galleries and as part of public art commissions, residencies and festivals. 

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    Artist Statement

    I have been practicing as an artist for over 15 years, combining elements of art and architecture, after originally training as an architect at the Bartlett, University College London and Oxford Brookes University. My work has been shown nationally and internationally in galleries and as part of public art commissions, residencies and festivals. 

    My practice includes installation, sculpture, photography, film, performance and public art. I often work on self-initiated long-term projects alongside shorter commissions and shows. I respond to the context of places, sites and situations, examining themes of heritage and history, memory, culture and identity.

    Through remaking of objects and rituals, I am interested in revealing pasts, and re-writing narratives of place and identity. Archives, both real and invented, often feature in my work. I  work with participatory (or socially engaged) methods to invite users of places to collaborate in the process of making artworks.

    I collaborate regularly with my sister, artist Rebecca Beinart as part of our ongoing project Origination.

    I am a board member of Ixia, the public art think-tank.

    I have worked in arts education and community development since 1998, and I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Brighton. 

    CV & Education


    2010-2019:      PhD by Design, The Bartlett, University College London

    2005-2006:      MA Development Practices (Distinction), Oxford Brookes University

    2000-2004:      Diploma in Architecture, Oxford Brookes University

    1995-1998:      BSc Architecture, The Bartlett, University College London


    Public Art Commissions & Projects

    2019-20:              Meadow Rise Braintree Public Art Commission

    2017-18:          The Ring, Public Art Commission, Canal & River Trust, Worcestershire

    2016-18:          Making Suburban Faith, University College London – resident artist for AHRC funded project

    2015-16:          Brixton Museum, London

    2015:               Imagined Geographies, National Trust, Biddulph Grange Garden (with Rebecca Beinart)

    2014-15:          Public Art Road Trip, Figure Ground

    2013-14:          Adaptation, Library of Birmingham (with Rebecca Beinart)

    2012-13:          Anchor & Magnet, London

    2012:               Committee for Lost Memories Cafe and Shop, Multistorey, West Bromwich

    2011:               Memory Cafe, University of the West of England

    2011:               Value of Small Things, Multistorey, West Bromwich

    2010:               A Guide to the Lost Legends of Southend on Sea, Artside, Coexist Arts, Southend

    2009:               Snap Bracknell, Bracknell Forest Council

    2009-13:          Figure Ground Projects, South East region

    2008:               Hide, Warneford Hospital Sculpture Commission, Oxford

    2008:               Origination, installation at Oxford University Botanic Gardens (part of Gift exhibition)


    Exhibitions, Performances & Screenings

    Solo & Duo exhibitions

    2018:               The Fabric of Faith, Gunnersbury Park Museum, London

    2017:               My life is but a weaving, St Thomas the Apostle/UCL, London

    2013:               Saltworks, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon

    2013:               The Secret History of Plants (Katy & Rebecca Beinart), South London Botanical Institute

    2012:               Raconteur, joint exhibition with Bobby Lloyd, August Art, London

    2011:               Origination (Katy & Rebecca Beinart), 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, London

    2010:               Origination (Katy & Rebecca Beinart), Artlink Gallery, Hull

    2010:               Origination (Katy & Rebecca Beinart), University of Stellenbosch Gallery, South Africa

    2007:               Parallel Worlds, OVADA, Oxford, UK 

    Group exhibitions

    2019:               Windrush Presence, SEAS, Brighton

    2018:               My life is but a weaving, at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London

    2017:               Maps & Lives, Phoenix Brighton

    2017:               My life is but a weaving, Phoenix Brighton Open Studios, Brighton

    2017:               Screening of Lady in Red, Oxford International Women’s Festival

    2016:               Loves Lives and Loss,: Traces at Fenton House, National Trust, London

    2016:               Brixton Museum, Rebel Space Pavilion, Brixton Design Trail/London Design Festival

    2015:               Brixton Museum, Brixton Library/Lambeth Archives, London

    2015:               Brixton Conversations (screening), Ritzy Cinema, London

    2015:               Reimagining Rurality, University of Westminster, London

    2014:               Cities Methodologies, Slade Research Centre, UCL, London

    2014:               Navigations, Red Gallery, London

    2014:               Old Skool Breaks (with Rebecca Beinart), Primary, Nottingham

    2013:               Goute Sel, 3rd Ghetto Biennale, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

    2013:               Lambeth Treasures, Royal Festival Hall, London (curated by Building Exploratory)

    2013:               Cities Methodologies, UCL Slade Research Centre, London

    2013:               A Game of Dominoes, Art & Geography Conference, University of Lyon Lumiere, Lyon, France

    2012:               Interlocal, Contact, Manchester

    2012:               Stockwell Studios Open, London

    2012:               Traces, Designers Block HQ, London

    2012:               Love Letters, Goodenough Hall, London

    2012:               T.R.I.P.O.D. (performance) at Camden Arts Centre, London

    2011:               T.R.I.P.O.D. (performance) at Whitley Arts Festival, Reading

    2011:               T.R.I.P.O.D. (performance) at Slade PhD Conference and Cities Methodologies, UCL, London

    2010:               Offere (screening) Firestation arts, Windsor

    2010:               SALON 10 Group Show, Four Corners, London

    2010:               You're On My Mind (Online Performance), facebook/London/Berlin

    2010:               They Came From Nowhere (Performance), Go Islington Festival, London

    2010:               Though I Have Missed You So Very Much (performance), Hull Literature Festival

    2010:               Unbuilt, EasaHQ, Manchester

    2010:               Found Treasures (live event/installation), Barracks Lane Community Garden

    2010:               To Find Your Home Visit Ours, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa

    2009:               Research Provocateur, Object Retrieval, University College London

    2009:               I'll Be Your Monkey (Performance), Palanga, Lithuania

    2009:               Paradise Lost (Performance), South-East Festival of Architecture/Oxford Open Doors

    2009:               Art Take-Out, Tsangs Kitchen, Oxford

    2009:               Labour of Love, Artworks Galleries, Newcastle

    2008:               Hairport (Performance), Beaconsfield Gallery, Late at the Tate, Tate Britain, London

    2008:               The Modern Factory, Figure Ground, G10, Reading

    2008:               The Ley Hunters Companion (screening), Reading Experimental Film Festival, Reading

    2008:               The Gift, OVADA, Oxford


    Awards & Grants

    2018:               University of Brighton research support funding for ‘Unmapping Social Practice’ project

    2015:               Arts Council England Grant and Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the Brixton Museum project

    2014:               Selected artist for the Artangel Open 100 2014

    2014:               Train & Engage bursary (UCL Public Engagement Unit)

    2013:               Artists International Development Fund, Arts Council England

    2013:               Architectural Research Fund grant from Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

    2013:               UCL Environment Institute Grant for The Brixton Exchange, Anchor & Magnet project

    2012:               Arts Council grant for Anchor & Magnet project

    2012:               Step Out (UCL Public Engagement Unit) grant for Anchor & Magnet project

    2011:               Beacon Bursary (UCL Public Engagement Unit) grant for Origination residency

    2011:               Arts Council grant for Origination residency and exhibition, 198 CAL

    2009:               Arts Council grant for Origination project and residency, Greatmore Studios, South Africa

    2008:               European Association for Jewish Culture grant for The Gift exhibition

    2007:               Art Plus Final Award - Best Early Career Artist, Arts Council England and SEEDA



    2013:               3rd Ghetto Biennale, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

    2013:               Fabrica Braco de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal (Associated Project, Lisbon Architecture Triennal)

    2012-3:            Anchor and Magnet Residency, London

    2012:               August Art, London

    2011:               Origination Residency in Brixton Market, London

    2010:               Visiting Artist, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town and University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

    2009:               Transient Spaces: The Tourist Syndrome Summer Camp, Palanga, Lithuania

    2008:               Braziers International Artists Workshop, Braziers Park


    Freelance Education & Consultation Work (selection)

    2018:               Workshop for Gunnersbury Park Museum, London

    2016-17:          Widening Participation school workshops for the University of Brighton

    2014:               Social Heritage Record, Lambeth Council, London

    2013:               Evaluator for Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project, South London Gallery, London

    2011:               Creative Practitioner, Milton Hall Primary School, Essex

    2010:               Creative Routes, Artsdepot, London

    2010:               Focus Group Consultation, Science Museum, London

    2008-10:          Teaching Resource, Turner Contemporary/Stour Valley Arts/Canterbury Museums

    2010:               Creative Practitioner, Ropley Primary School, Hampshire


    Artists Talks, Conference Papers, and Workshops

    2019:               Workshop for Social Practice Social, Primary, Nottingham

    2019:               Paper for Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience conference

    2019:               Fringe artist commission for Axisweb Social Works Live? At MMU, Manchester

    2019:               Paper for Spatial Mutuality symposium, UCA Farnham

    2019:               Paper for Human and Non-human Migration, University of Brighton

    2019:               Artists Talk, Socially Engaged Art Salon, Brighton

    2018:               Presentation for MA Inclusive Arts, University of Brighton                                         

    2018:               Paper for Salt: History, Heritage and Tourism conference, Arc-et-Senans, France

    2017:               Performance and talk, Figure Ground Book Launch, Primary Nottingham

    2017:               Paper for Textiles as Practice based Research Symposium, UCL

    2017:               Masterclass workshop for Edge conference, Slade/UCL

    2017:               Artists Talk, St Thomas the Apostle/UCL, London

    2016:               The Fabric of Faith, International Colloquium for Geohumanities, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

    2016:               The Brixton Exchange 2, London (co-organised conference)

    2015:               Paper for Art, Aesthetics and Function symposium, British Museum (with Frank Cartledge)

    2015:               Paper for Reimagining Rurality, University of Westminster

    2014:               Paper for The Story of Memory conference, Roehampton University

    2014:               Paper for London Conference for Critical Thought, Goldsmiths, London

    2014:               AHRC Curating Community Workshop, Centre for Creative Collaboration/Goldsmiths, London

    2013:               Artists in Conversation event, Library of Birmingham, Birmingham

    2013:               Creative Time Summit discussion, for Create London, Space Studios, London

    2013:               All That Glitters: Arts and regeneration, UP Projects, London

    2013:               Learning from Neighbourhoods, co-organised event with Academy of Urbanism, London.

    2013:               Questions of Home, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

    2013:               Installation & paper, Re-Contested Sites/Sights, TRAIN research centre, UAL, London

    2013:               The Brixton Exchange, London (co-organised conference)

    2012:               Conference Paper for Migration, Memory and Place, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    2012:               Conference Paper for Practice Makes Perfect, Swansea Metropolitan University, Wales

    2012:               Lunchtime lecture, Bishopsgate Institute, London

    2012:               Conference Paper for Unofficial Histories, Bishopsgate Institute, London

    2012:               Installation, Contested Sites/Sights, TRAIN research centre, UAL (with Rebecca Beinart)

    2011:               UCL Public Engagement Unit Arts & Humanities Symposium, UCL, London

    2011:               Conference paper at Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference

    2011:               Artists Talk for Photoforum, Create Festival, Four Corners, London

    2011:               Conference paper at The Archive and Jewish Migration, UCT, South Africa

    2011:               Creative Collaborations: Artists and the Public, Modern Art Oxford

    2010:               Artists Talk, Artlink, Hull

    2010:               Artists Talk, OVADA Gallery, Oxford

    2008 & 09:       Artist Educator presentation, 4th Plinth, London



    2012-ongoing:  Senior Lecturer, Architecture, University of Brighton

    2012:               Visiting Lecturer, Interior Architecture, University of Hertfordshire

    2011-2012:      Visiting Lecturer, Architecture, University of Brighton

    2008-10:          Sessional Lecturer, University of West London (formerly Thames Valley University)

    2004-present:  Artist (self-employed)  



    2019:               ‘Khlebosolny/Bread and Salt: a time-travelling journey to Eastern Europe (and back)’, Mobile Culture Studies 4: Artistic representations of Migration and mobility

    2019:               ‘The fabric of faith: a reflection on creative arts practice research’ by Claire Dwyer, Nazneen Ahmed, and Katy Beinart in Studying Diversity, Migration and Urban Multiculture Convivial Tools for Research and Practice, Ed. Mette Berg and Magdalena Nowicka (UCL Press, 2019)

    2018:               ‘My Life is but a weaving’: embroidering geographies of faith and place by Claire Dwyer, Nazneen Ahmed, and Katy Beinart in Cultural Geographies

    2018:               My Life is But a Weaving exhibition catalogue/book, Katy Beinart, Claire Dwyer and Nazneen Ahmed, 2018.

    2018:               ‘Salted earth: salt-making as a poetics of mobility and place.’ In Rurality Reimagined (Applied Research + Design, 2018)

    2017:               Figure Ground Public Art Road Trip book and website, funded by Arts Council England

    2015:               Lighting the Touchpaper: Public Art as situation or spectacle. Public Art Now, April 2015

    2015:               'Origination: Journeying In The Footsteps Of Our Ancestors.' In Sacred Mobilities: Journeys of Belief and Belonging. Ed. Avril Maddrell, Alan Terry & Tim Gale (Ashgate, 2015)??

    2014:               Saltfish: A Conversation. With Sam Barton. Alter Magazine, Issue 1, 2014

    2014:               'Reading between the lines: artistic approaches to the family archive’. The Archive and Jewish Migration, Special Issue of Jewish Culture and History (May 2014 online)

    2014:               'Becoming and Disappearing: Between Art, Architecture and Research', Arts and                                            Humanities in Higher Education (Dec 2013 online)

     (This is an edited CV - for full CV please go to my website,