Rebecca Ackroyd

Rebecca Ackroyd (b. 1987, Cheltenham, UK) lives and works in London. She graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in 2015 after completing her BA in Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art in 2010. Ackroyd's work excavates the remains of an object and reconstructs it into something new, creating sculptures and drawings that reflect a history and yet also exist between places, becoming simultaneously familiar and unknown. Scale shifts to create figurative works that meander through space like air conditioning ducts - breathing structures that inhabit and divide a room. While smaller works invite a more intimate encounter, a reflection perhaps on the overwhelming shift between global and individual desire, these works explore an individual framework within which to exist or build meaning. Ackroyd has shown her work in London at solo exhibitions at Hunter/Whitfield (2015), Kinman Gallery (2014) and Marsden Woo Gallery (2013).  Recent group exhibitions in 2015-6 include: Modest Villa Immense Versailles (co-curator), Kinman Gallery, London; At Home Salon: Double Acts, Marcelle Joseph Projects, Ascot; Bloody Life, Herald St, London; All Over, Studio Leigh, London;  Is it heavy or is it light, Assembly Point, London; With institutions like these, Averard Hotel, London; Opals, Galerie Opdahl, Stavanger, Norway; Royal Academy Schools Degree Show, London; Works in Residence, David Roberts Art Foundation, London; and The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London. In 2013, her work was included in Bloomberg New Contemporaries (ICA, London and Spike Island, Bristol).