Katy Beinart


Katy Beinart is an interdisciplinary artist whose art works include installation, public art and performance. For more information about her practice and background, see About and for CV info and press see CV & Contact page. This website has an archive of projects & works, some links to her writing and a list below of (recent) past, present and future events, exhibitions, talks and publications. A selection of her art works can also be seen on her Axis Artist Profile

She has recently completed a practice-based PhD at the Bartlett, University College London, which brings together her interests in public art practices, urban regeneration, migration - and salt: see the Salted Earth page.

Current and forthcoming:

Upcoming talks and conference presentations:

Monday 10th February: Spotlight Artist Talks with Katy Beinart and Denise Felkin, 6.30pm at Phoenix Art Space, Brighton. www.phoenixbrighton.org/events/spotlight/

Current Research Project: (Un)mapping the spaces of social practice

I'm working on a new project funded by the University of Brighton to explore the spaces of social practice, where and how the work gets made, shared and critiqued. More soon!

Current public art commission: Warners Textile Archive + Public Art in Braintree

In 2019 I started a new public art commission for a new housing estate in Braintree, Essex, which draws on the history of the Warner's Textile Archive, based in Braintree.

Current and Forthcoming Publications:

Salted Earth: Four Journeys is shortly to be published in the Feast Journal edition on salt.

Khlebosolny/Bread and Salt: a time-travelling journey to Eastern Europe (and back). In Mobile Culture Studies 4: Artistic representations of Migration and mobility (2018) now online at http://unipub.uni-graz.at/mcsj/periodical/titleinfo/3496888

'Salted earth: salt-making as a poetics of mobility and place' by Katy Beinart in Rurality Reimagined published by ORO Press in August 2018.

'My Life is but a weaving: embroidering geographies of faith and place' by Claire Dwyer, Katy Beinart, and Nazneen Ahmed is now published by Cultural Geographies journal. 2019, Vol. 26(1) pp.133 to 140.

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

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

Recent Things:

Exhibitions, Projects and Performances:

Social Practice Social at Primary, Nottingham, 5/11/19: I ran a workshop as part of my research project on the spaces of social practice.

Brixton Conversations was shown in the Windrush Presence exhibition at SEAS (socially engaged art salon), BMECP, Brighton from 12/10-12/11 2019.

My life is but a weaving Exhibition, at Gunnersbury Park Museum, London, 16th October 2018 - 7th January 2019.
An exhibition of textile artworks made as part of the Making Suburban Faith project. See Making Suburban Faith and Gunnersbury Museum

The Ring: Saltways
May-September 2018 A commission by the Canal & River Trust to create a new public art work for Droitwich and 'The Ring' - a stretch of canal from Worcester to Birmingham and Droitwich. See https://theringart.org.uk and read the blog, Salted Earth

Being Together is Not Enough at Five Years, London, 11th May 2018: a group of students from my Social and Spatial Practices in Public module at the University of Brighton took part in a discussion about the interventions they made and the challenges of working in public space.

Fabric of Faith: Tate Exchange Day, 18th May 2018
part of Stages of Production: Review / Remake / Respond With Royal Holloway UoL at Tate Modern http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/tate-exchange/workshop/stages-production-review-remake-respond

Artists Residency in Motherhood:
Katy has an ongoing blog about her Artists Residency in Motherhood, part of a project set up by artist Lenka Clayton. Read it at: https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/artists-residency-in-motherhood .

My Life is but a Weaving: A Multifaith Art Installation was exhibited at:
19th-24th April 2017 at St Thomas the Apostle Church, 182 Boston Road, Hanwell, London. W7 2AD
12-14th May at Phoenix Open Studios, Brighton
6th-7th June at UCL Festival of Culture , North Cloisters, University College London, Gower Street WC1E 6BT

Lives, Loves and Loss: Traces at Fenton House (3-23 December 2016)
2 artworks were on show at this immersive group exhibition curated by Traces at the National Trusts Fenton House in Hampstead. Further info at: National Trust website

KALEIDOSCOPE Archive: Art in Rose Hill (2007-2011), 1 November to 31 December 2016 Modern Art Oxford website

The Brixton Museum was on show at the Rebel Space Pavilion, Brixton as part of London Design Festival in September 2016.

The Brixton Museum was displayed at Brixton Library and Minet Library in Autumn 2015. Brixton Conversations was screened at the Ritzy in November 2015 and at UCL UrbanLab Films in May 2016.

Anchor & Magnet held the Brixton Exchange 2 on 23rd April 2016. To find out more and to see an archive of projects, visit http://www.anchorandmagnet.org

Katy & Rebecca Beinarts sculptures featured in Dangerous Discoveries (2015) at Biddulph Grange, a National Trust garden near Stoke on Trent and former home of James Bateman, a Victorian plant collector. A review of the exhibition by Anna Francis can be read at https://www.a-n.co.uk/reviews/dangerous-discoveries

Saltworks (2013) by Katy Beinart was shown at Cities Methodologies at the Slade Research Centre, UCL, 28-31 October 2014. Some images are online at this page (scroll down to Studio 9)

Figure Ground were at In Dialogue in Nottingham, 2-4th October 2014.

Works by Katy & Rebecca Beinart were shown in Navigations curated by Barby Asante at the Red Gallery, London, 3-21 September 2014. The exhibition was organised by the 3 faiths forum Urban Dialogues programme. http://www.3ff.org.uk/

Adaptation by Katy & Rebecca Beinart was installed at Winterbourne House, Birmingham, after being part of the new Library of Birmingham Discovery Season curated by Capsule.

'Goute Sel' was performed by Katy Beinart and Mabelle Williams at Decentering the Market and Other Tales of Progress: The 3rd Ghetto Biennale 2013 in Haiti in December 2013.

Saltworks was an Associated Project of the 3rd Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Close Closer. The project was supported by an Artists International Development Fund from Arts Council England. Katy exhibited new work at Plataforma Revolver from 26th Sept - 26th Oct 2013. For further details see the Salted Earth blog, and see new works on Axis by clicking the Axis link on this page.

Talks, papers and workshops:

Presentation of: 'The here and the elsewhere: challenging localised versions of heritage with a mobile public artwork' at Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience, 29-30th July 2019, University of Newcastle

Presentation at Fielding Architecture: Feminist Practices for a Decolonised Pedagogy (with Amy Butt), 24-25th June 2019, University of Brighton

Presentation at Space and belonging: narratives of migration, materials and gentrification Symposium, 23rd May 2019, at UCA, Farnham

Space in Relation - Edouard Glissant in architecture and urban studies.
Workshop and panel discussion for UCL Festival of Culture, Wednesday 5th June 2019

Talk at the Human and Non-Human Migration Symposium, University of Brighton, 25th March 2019

Presentation for Reflections on The Ring: Art on the Worcestershire Waterways, January 30th 2019 at The Art House, University of Worcester, Castle Street, Worcester, WR1 3ZB.

Presentation (online) at Salt: Heritage, History and Tourism conference, Arc-Et-Sedans, France, April 5-6th 2018

Artists talk, The Fabric of Faith Symposium at UCL, 20th September 2017.

Edge masterclass, The Slade, UCL, 14th September 2017

Presentation, University of Brighton CRD research conference, 12th July 2017, University of Brighton

Artists Talk, UCL Festival of Culture, 6th June 2017

Khlebosolny: performative auto-ethnography as an artistic research method into the poetics of migration was presented at Voicing Experience: The 4th British Conference of Autoethnography, 15-16 June, 2017, University of Sussex

The Fabric of Faith: an exploration of Creative Making co-presented with Claire Dwyer and Nazneen Ahmed at the International Colloquium in Geohumanities, Closing Circles Open Horizons, 19-22nd October 2016 Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

Unknown Pleasures by Katy Beinart & Frank Cartledge was presented at Art Aesthetics and Function: Collaborative Approaches to Everyday Objects on 20th April 2015 at the British Museum. everydayobjects2015.wordpress.com

Salted Earth: Salt-making as a poetics of mobility and place at Reimagining Ruralities, University of Westminster 27-28 February 2015.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Artists Journeys as Memory in the Making at The Story of Memory conference, University of Roehampton, 4-5th September 2014.

Street Level: Towards a Critical Discourse on Urban Aesthetics, at the London Conference in Critical Thought 2014, at Goldsmiths, University of London, 27-28 June 2014.

Publications and press:

My life is but a weaving, a book of the The Fabric of Faith project (2016-17) designed by Joff and Ollie, was launched in May 2018, as part of the Making Suburban Faith research project.

The Public Art Road Trip 2014-15 by Figure Ground Projects - website and book is now available: www.publicartroadtrip.com

Origination: journeying in the footsteps of our ancestors. Chapter in Sacred Mobilities: Journeys of belief and belonging. Eds. Avril Maddrell, Alan Terry, Tim Gale. (Ashgate, 2015) Ashgate site

Katy featured as Axiswebs artist of the month in July 2016. To read the interview, go to: http://www.axisweb.org/thinking-and-ideas/2016/07/artist-of-the-month-katy-beinart/.

Saltfish, a conversation, with Sam Barton. Alter Magazine Issue 1, 2015

Becoming and disappearing: Between art, architecture and research: Part of the Practice Makes Perfect forum on practice-based research, Arts and Humanities in Higher Education (SAGE) See Writing for download info.

Reading between the lines: artistic approaches to the family archive Jewish Culture and History. See Writing for download info.