Katy Beinart



An ongoing investigation into genealogy, migration and environment, in collaboration with Rebecca Beinart. Our most recent journey to Eastern Europe and Russia, in 2012, is recorded in the Project blog

Exhibition at South London Botanical Institute: June 2013

The exhibition by Katy and Rebecca featured new works inspired by the history and collections of the Institute. Katy's work was based on family research around the life of a maternal Great-Great-Aunt, Nellie, who had collected cacti. New works included ceramics, embroidery, and installation.

Resurrected In Memoriam

Great Aunt Nellie (installation) Adaptation

Stranger in a Strange Land Stranger in a Strange Land Stranger in a Strange Land

Exhibition at August Art: April 2012

The residency at August Art in Shoreditch drew from stories collected in Brixton and new stories collected in Shoreditch to create Pattern Language (2012) a new work combining lace techniques and mapping to connect migration journeys of London's residents. Also on display was Aurophone (2011). This work was also on show at Stockwell Studios Open, in September 2012.

Exhibition at 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning: June - August 2011

The exhibition featured new works made in response to the Brixton Market residency, drawing on Brixton's rich history of migration. Also on show were installation, film and photographic works made during our 2010 residency in Cape Town, South Africa.

Adaptation Aurophone

Aurophone Aurophone

Aurophone confabulation


top to bottom, L-R: Adaptation; Aurophone: Confabulation Boards; Farewell Concert; Offere; view of Room 2. Images of works can also be seen on Axis

Link to 'Confabulation' on Vimeo

Residency in Brixton Market:

In May 2011 we had a stall on Popes Road, Brixton Market, offering memory collection and archiving services. This was an opportunity to exchange stories about ancestors, journeys and the places that shape us with people who live in the area and use the market. All contributors received a jar of Darling Salt Pans Memory Preservation Salts, hand-harvested from the artists' ancestral salt pans in South Africa.

The project was supported by funding from the Arts Council England, 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning and by the UCL Public Engagement Unit under the Beacons for Public Engagement programme - funded by the UK funding councils, Research Councils UK and the Wellcome Trust.

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Exhibition at Artlink, Hull, 2010

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Adaptation Offere

Ghostwriting Ghostwriting

Farewell Concert

Though I Have Missed You So Very Much - A Walking Tour of Hull

Walking Tour Walking Tour

Exhibition at University of Stellenbosch Gallery, Stellenbosch and Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa, 2010

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Don't Look Back
Don't Look Back
Offerre (Still)
Starter Culture
Starter Culture

Research work

Expandable Letter

Expandable Letter: A letter exchange between Katy and Rebecca Beinart in a hand-sewn packet which can expand and change shape as contents are added. The letter investigates the artists responses to identity, culture and family history.

Starter Culture Starter Culture Starter Culture Starter Culture Starter Culture

Starter Culture: An action producing a starter culture for bread from grapes harvested from the artists parental home. Katy and Rebecca are each producing the culture, which they will feed and take with them on their journey to South Africa. The work plays with the idea of transposing cultures from place to place, and of taking a part of home with you as you migrate. The work also relates to the Jewish tradition of taking bread across the threshold of a new home.

'The Gift', Exhibition at OVADA, Oxford: 2008

Artists Statement

Edith Pearlman Map Installation

Ovada Gallery

Map, Ovada Gallery

Installation, Botanic Gardens

April-June 2008: exhibition at OVADA Gallery and installation located at the Botanic Gardens, Oxford as part of GIFT, a group show by members of The Ideas Exchange
Archive on OVADA website
Supported by Arts Council England, European Association for Jewish Culture and Oxford City Council