Approved: 16.08.2006

Rebecca Lowe

Artist, Curator, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

Artist, archivist and curator, based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

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    Artist Statement

    Artist, archivist and curator, based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    2017 - Turps School Correspondence Course, London
    2000 - MA Fine Art (research), 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

    Solo exhibitions

    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

    Group exhibitions

    2020 - The Chris Graham Collection 1992-2018, Leeds Arts University, Leeds                            2018 - SFSA Drawing Open, No Format Gallery, Deptford, London
    2017 - Interval (Time and the Kitchen Space), 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
    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)
    2005 - Co-ordinates, Salts Mill, Saltaire, Bradford
    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                           

    Curated projects

    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, part of Co-ordinates, 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

    2018 - Baby Forest Awards, runner up in the drawing category
    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

    Educational experience

    2001 - Visiting Lecturer, Leeds College of Art & Design, Leeds


    Gibbons, G. & Horton, D. eds. 2022, Soanyway magazine, vol.2, issue 11. Available online at:

    Horton, D., 2018. 'Rebecca Lowe: inhabiting stone', Corridor8: contemporary art and wriing in the North of England, 30 Jan 2018, 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.