I work with oil paint, gesso, dry pigment, graphite powder, concrete, plaster, wax, pencil, photography, and sometimes performance.
The materials and facture are integral to the subject in so far as a fluid or dusty material may represent movement or stillness, transience and time. I work closely with objects that hold the visibility of their formation within their surfaces: the visibility of touch in a hand-made pot, the stilled movement of water and gravity in rock formed in an ancient river bed.
There are also visual narratives and I am questioning how far they can be constructed away from the named and subject led content.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2017 - Turps School Correspondence Course, London
2000 - MA Fine Art (studio practice and theory), Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
1999 - BA Hons Fine Art (1st Class), Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
1992 - Diploma in Fine Art & Crafts (distinction), Jacob Kramer College, Leeds
12 Jan - 15 Feb 2018 - Inhabiting Stone, Leeds Arts University
2016 - 2017 - Curator's Choice, curated by Dr. Catriona McAra, Leeds Arts University
2012 - Intervals, The Bowery, Headingley, Leeds
1997 - Bulbs, Leeds Art Library, Leeds
1992 - Fragments, Cookridge Street Gallery, Leeds
2017 - Interval, The Pepperpot, Godalming
2015 - Shelf Life, PS Mirabel, Manchester
2015 - Lines for Agnes (curated by Ruth Philo & Terry Greene), St. Marylebone Crypt, London
2015 - Painted Surface, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
2015 - From Sea to You / Del Mar Para Ti, (part of Curio-sea-ty, curated by Hondartza Fraga and Lorna Barrowclough) East Street Arts, Patrick Studios, Leeds
2014 - From Sea to You / Del Mar Para Ti, (part of Curio-sea-ty, curated by Hondartza Fraga and Lorna Barrowclough) Poca Gallery, Portugalete, Spain
2014 - Same But Different, Temple Newsam, Leeds
2011 - 1m x 1m, The Bowery, Headingley, Leeds
2010 - Open Drawing Exhibition, Gallery 12A, Doncaster
2009 - Beaver Away, Central Library, Leeds
2009 - Drawn In, Sidcot Arts Centre, Winscombe, North Somerset
2008 - Journey (open studio event), Beaver Studios, East Street Arts, Leeds
2008 - Saltaire Arts Trail , Saltaire, West Yorkshire
2007 - Breathing Space, Brahm Gallery, Headingley, Leeds
2006 - Beaver Works, Host Media Centre, Leeds
2006 - New Trends in Painting Since 2000, LCB Depot, Leicester (for sLideshow, British Art Show fringe festival)
2000 - H2O Brahm Contemporary British Art Exhibition, Brahm Gallery, Leeds
1999 - Becoming (a collaborative exhibition with Sandra Hammer), The Fine Art Gallery, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
The following are exhibitions and projects carried out in my role as Library Assistant at Leeds College of Art Library, working with selected material from the Library's special collection of artists' books.
2016 - Nobrow Press
2015 - In / Visible
2015 - Sharon Kivland: Reports on Knowledge
2015 - Black Dogs Archive (with Mick Welbourn)
2014 - AMBruno: Lists etc.
2013/14 - Library Interventions (co-organised the first series. Participating artists: Garry Barker, Pavel Buchler, Sharon Kivland, Nick Thurston, Kate Briggs and Graham Head)
2013 - Les Coleman: Artists' Books
2013 - SMS Portfolios (with Terry Jones, LCA Exhibitions Officer)
2012 - McSweeney's Quarterly Concern
2012 - Present Text (with John McDowall)
2011 - The Paradise of Individuality: Artists' Books and Graphic Design
2010 - Artists' Books and Performance
2009 - Hamish Fulton: Artists' Books
2009 - Richard Long: Artists' Books
2008 - Artists' Books: Structures and Narratives (with Terry Jones, LCA Exhibitions Officer)
2005 - Die Bücherstube des Dr. R.M.V. / The Cabinet of Dr. R.M.V, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford (project created by Max Vollmer)
2015 - What is an Artist's Book? Contemporary Artists' Book Fair, The Tetley, Leeds
2001 - Becoming Lavender Blue Leeds College of Art & Design
Presentations (organised as part of Leeds College of Art visiting lecturer series)
2012 - Present Text, John McDowall
2011 - Artists' Books and Performance, John McDowall
2010 - Sam Belinfante and Elisabeth S. Clark
2008 - Artists' Books: Structures and Narratives, John McDowall
Competitions, prizes and awards
2011 - 1m x 1m (finalist), The Bowery, Headingley, Leeds
1999 - Arts & Humanities Research Board Bursary for Post-Graduate Study
1997 - Edna Lumb Travel Award (short-listed), Leeds Metropolitan University
2001 - Visiting Lecturer, Leeds College of Art & Design, Leeds
Horton, D., 2018. Rebecca Lowe: inhabiting stone. Corridor8: contemporary art and wriing in the North of England. Exhibition review. Available online at:
McAra, C., 2018. Exhibitions: January - June 2018. Leeds: Leeds Arts University. Exhibitions brochure.
Axisweb, Oct 2017. Five2Watch: Surface. Available online at:
Axisweb, Sep 2017. New Art Highlights. Available online at:
McAra, C., 2016. Exhibitions: Jan - Jun 2016, Leeds: Leeds Arts University. Exhibitions brochure.
Greene, T., 2015. Off the grid. London: Contemporary British Painting. Available online at:
Philo, R., 2015. Lines for Agnes. The Crypt, St. Marylebone Church, London, 1 September - 30 October. Exhibition catalogue. Available online at:
Kotlarska, K., 2015. Painted Surface. Surface Gallery, Nottingham. 1 - 15 August. Exhibition catalogue.
Lowe, R., 2010. Being in place. In: Dolan, J. ed. Patrick Oliver: appreciations. Leeds: Leeds College of Art, pp.22-25.
Lowe, R. ed., 2008. Artists' books: structures and narratives. Leeds: Leeds College of Art.
Lowe, R., 1993. Past into present: a commemorative history of Leeds College of Art & Design. Leeds: Leeds College of Art & Design.