Staff profile

Rebecca Howard

Early Academic in Creative Industries

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Art and Design


Innovation and Research




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a contemporary photographic artist and Early Career Academic in Creative Industries at the University of Derby. This involves a combination of research and lecturing in fine art practices and theory. I also belong to an artist-research group called Proximity Collective, based in Manchester, Cumbria, Blackpool and Leeds. Together, we explore the social and spatial aspects of practice-based research and notions of convivial aesthetics. 

My photography practice engages with architecture, sculpture and installation to playfully investigate the ways in which photographic images intersect with the built environment and shape our experiences of place and space. 

I am currently undertaking doctoral research at Manchester School of Art (AHRC funded), titled: Manifold: a practice-based enquiry into the spatial and dimensional properties of the photographic print, (expected to achieve by 2021).

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The doctoral research emerges from art practice and an interest in the relationship between photography and the built environment, in particular the ways in which photographic images shape and mediate our experiences of buildings and places. 

This study combines creative practice and theory to determine the generative and transformative capabilities of the photographic paper-print and its potential to transform and reconfigure 'banal' 'everyday' or 'unremarkable' architectural spaces. Through a series of creative experiments, I explore the materiality of the paper-print and the form-making, shape-shifting effects of cutting, folding, installing and rephotographing it. Drawing from theories of 'the fold' and baroque aesthetics, I consider how a 'standard' sized photographic print can be transformed into something non-standard and variable.


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