Approved: 18.09.2007

Katy Beinart

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

Approved: 18.09.2007

I have been practicing as an interdisciplinary artist for over 10 years, combining elements of art and architecture, after 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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  • Location: Brighton, South East
  • Activities: Higher education, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Built environment, Community arts, Community consultation, Participatory projects, Public art, Private commissions, Critical writing, Creative writing, Gallery education, Film-making, Studio practice
  • Categories: Architecture, Film & Video, Installation, Performance, Photography, Public Art
  • Tags: participatory, identity, Public art, Migration, Memory, Mapping, Archive, Family History, Narrative, Ritual


I have been practicing as an interdisciplinary artist for over 10 years, combining elements of art and architecture, after 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, drawing, 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 history, memory, culture and identity.

I am currently doing a PhD at the Bartlett, University College London. My PhD project is titled 'Salted Earth', and explores the poetics of salt, migration and regeneration.  

Through an indexical 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 methods to invite users of places to collaborate in the process of place-making, and bringing active processes of remembering into the present.

I collaborate closely with my sister, artist Rebecca Beinart. I am also part of artists collective Anchor & Magnet, and I'm a founder and member of Figure Ground, an artists development organisation for art in the public realm.

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

CV & Education

Awards & Grants

2015: HLF/Arts Councill award for Brixton Museum project
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 Brixton Market, London/198 Contemporary Arts and Learning
2009: Arts Council grant for Origination project, 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
2006: Art Plus Development Award, Arts Council England and SEEDA


2013: Saltworks, Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon ( (Associated Project for Lisbon Architecture Triennal 2013)
2013: The Secret History of Plants (with Rebecca Beinart), South London Botanical Institute, London
2011: Origination (with Rebecca Beinart), 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, London
2010: Origination (with Rebecca Beinart) Artlink Gallery, Hull
2010: Origination (with Rebecca Beinart), University of Stellenbosch Gallery, South Africa
2007: Parallel Worlds, OVADA Gallery, Oxford 


2015: Reimagining Rurality, University of Westminster, London
2014: Cities Methodologies, UCL
2014: Navigations, Red Gallery, London
2014: Installation/performance, 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
2012: Interlocal, Contact, Manchester
2012: Stockwell Studios Open, London
2012: Traces, Designers Block HQ, London
2012: Love Letters, Goodenough Hall, London
2012: Raconteur, joint exhibition with Bobby Lloyd, August Art, 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
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
2007: Standing up for our Futures, Oxfordshire Records Office, Oxford
2006: Dead Space, Modern Art Oxford Café Gallery, Oxford
2005: Lady in Red (screening), New Walk Museum, Leicester
2005: New for Old, OVADA Gallery, Oxford

Public Art Commissions & Projects

2015-16: Brixton Museum, London
2014-15: Biddulph Grange Garden (with Rebecca Beinart), National Trust
2014-: Public Art Road Trip, Figure Ground
2013-14: Adaptation, Library of Birmingham and Winterbourne Gardens, Birmingham 
2012-13: The Anchor & Magnet, London
2012: Committee for Lost Memories Cafe and Shop, Multistorey, West Bromwich
2011: Memory Cafe, for 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-ongoing: Figure Ground, South East region
2008: Hide, Warneford Hospital Sculpture Commission, Oxford
2008: Origination, installation at Oxford University Botanic Gardens (part of Gift exhibition)
2007-8: Street Lights, Art In Rose Hill series, Modern Art Oxford (with Johanna Huyg)
2007-8: On the Next Level, Artshape, Gloucester
2005-8: Parallel Worlds, Art Plus Award for Art in Public Places 
2006: Dead Space, Fusion Arts, Oxford
2006: Sure Start Family Centre Garden, Rose Hill, Oxford
2004-5: Pavement Jewellery, Fusion Arts, Oxford 

Artist Talks & Conference Papers

2015: Paper for Art, Aesthetics and Function symposium, British Museum
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: 'Plural Cities' talk for MArch Urban Studies, University of Brighton
2014: AHRC Curating Community Workshop, Goldsmiths, London
2014: Stadtkolloquium, UCL, 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: Artists Talk, South London Botanical Institute
2013: Learning from Neighbourhoods, co-organised with Academy of Urbanism, London.
2013: Questions of Home, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
2013: Conference installation and paper for Re-Contested Sites/Sights, TRAIN research centre, Chelsea College of Art, London
2013: The Brixton Exchange, London (co-organised conference)
2013: Visiting lecturer, Fine Art, Winchester School of Art
2012/15: Presentation on current work for Migration and Material Culture seminar, (UCL) 
2012: Conference Paper for Migration, Memory and Place, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2012: Conference Paper for Practice Makes Perfect, Swansea Metropolitan University
2012: Lunchtime lecture, Bishopsgate Institute, London
2012: Conference Paper for Unofficial Histories, Bishopsgate Institute, London
2012: Conference installation and paper for Contested Sites/Sights, TRAIN research centre, 
Chelsea College of Art, London (with Rebecca Beinart)
2011: Bite-Sized Lunchtime Lecture, UCL
2011: UCL Public Engagement Unit Arts & Humanities Symposium, UCL, London
2011: Residual Soundings: Talk and discussion in response to the Origination residency in Brixton Market, with Jane Rendell, Judith Rugg, Kathryn Smith and Barby Asante, Brixton, London
2011: Artists talk with John Newling and Paul Basu. 198 Gallery, 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: Talk for Social Enterprise: Lessons for architects, Architecture Sans Frontieres UK, London
2011: Creative Collaborations: Artists and the Public, Modern Art Oxford
2010: Artists Talk, Artlink, Hull
2010: Artists Talk, OVADA Gallery, Oxford
2010: Visiting Artists Lecture, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
2009: Visiting Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University
2009: Visiting Artists Lecture, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
2008 & 09: Artist Educator presentation, 4th Plinth, London
2008: Visiting Artists Lecture, Thames Valley University, Reading
2007: Artists Talk, OVADA Gallery, Oxford
2006: Presentation for REALISE (Visual Arts and Galleries Association), Modern Art Oxford, Oxford


2013: 3rd Ghetto Biennale, Port-au-Prince
2013: Fabrica Braco de Prata, Lisbon (Associated Project for Lisbon Architecture Triennal)
2012-3: Anchor and Magnet Residency, London
2012: August Art, London
2011: Residency in Brixton Market, London
2010: Visiting Artist, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town/University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
2009: Transient Spaces: The Tourist Syndrome Summer Camp, Palanga, Lithuania
2008: Braziers International Artists Workshop, Braziers Park
2007: Waterways Canal Residency, Animation Station, Banbury
2007: Artist in Residence, Uffington Primary School, Uffington
2006: Artist in Residence, Dashwood School, Banbury

Freelance Education & Consultation Work (selection)

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 commissions, Turner Contemporary/Stour Valley Arts/Canterbury Museums
2010: Creative Practitioner, Ropley Primary School, Hampshire
2008-10: Sessional Lecturer, Interior Architecture, Thames Valley University
2009: Creative Practitioner, Friars Primary School, Shoeburyness, Essex
2009: Creative Practitioner, Fairways Primary School, Essex
2009: Creative Practitioner, Buckingham Primary School, Buckingham
2005-9: Artist Educator, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
2008: Artist Educator, Julian Sinzogan Project, October Gallery/RISC, London/Reading
2008: Youth Space Consultation project, Donnington Doorstep Family Centre, Oxford
2007-8: Workshop Programme Coordinator, Barracks Lane Community Gardens, Oxford
2007: Stage B Exhibition Design & Content, Turner Contemporary, Margate
2007: Education Workshop for Tania Kovats' Museum of the White Horse, Abingdon
2007: Urban Design Project, The Making, Basingstoke
2007: Artist Educator, Installations project, King Alfred Community College, Wantage
2006: Summer Screen Film Project, Modern Art Oxford/OFVM/St John Fisher school
2006-7: Artist Educator, Museum of History of Science, Oxford
2006: Consultant, Learning Spaces, Living Places, (Building Schools for the Future), Birmingham
2005-6: Education Resource Artist, Turner Contemporary, Margate
2005: Artist in Residence, Oldfield House Unit, Hampton (for Orleans House Gallery)
2004-5: Artist in Residence, Cheney School, Oxford  (for Modern Art Oxford)

H.E. Employment

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)


2010-: PhD Architectural Design, The Bartlett, University College London (in progress)
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