Hailing from Kent, Rebecca is a multidisciplinary artist playing with clay, and pigment, and surface, in the realms of mythmaking, enchantment, and place. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2016, where she was awarded the Gordon Peter Pickard Prize, she has continued to teach and exhibit in the UK and further afield, including The Studio at 4 a.m. at Hastings Contemporary (2020), Lines of Thought at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in South Korea (2019), What is DRAWing? at London’s Temple Church Triforium (2018), and Offprint at Tate Modern (2015). In 2019 she curated and took part in two-woman show, Plus One, with Catherine Anyango Grünewald, as part of the Arts Council England supported Margate Festival. She is currently a fully funded PhD student at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, conducting practice-based research into trauma, repair, and the home, as well as a 2021 British Council Venice Research Fellow.


PhD Canterbury Christ Church University, 2022
MA Royal College of Art, 2016
BA Kingston School of Art, 2012

Selected Exhibitions
Curated for Covid, online, 2020; The Studio at 4 a.m., Hastings Contemporary, 2020; Stuff on Walls, Things on Floors, Pie Factory, Margate, 2019; Lines of Thought, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, South Korea; Plus One, LIMBO Arts, Margate, 2019 (artist & curator); Love-in (A Cold Climate), LIMBO Arts, Margate, 2019; What is DRAWing?, Triforium, Temple Church, London, 2018; Nothing from Nothing, LIMBO Arts, Margate, 2018; Femfest, Ugly Duck, London, 2017; SHOW 16, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; Different Strokes, Hockney Gallery, London, 2016 (artist & co-curator); Over the Line, Poetry Café, London, 2015; Offprint London, Tate Modern, London, 2015; Not For Rental, 71a Gallery, London, 2013; Rare, Rochelle School, London, 2012; The Edge of Print, Stour Space, London, 2012; Pictoplasma: Post-Digital Monsters, La Gaité Lyrique, Paris, 2011; Shop!, KK Outlet, London, 2011

Residencies & Fellowships Venice Research Fellow, British Council, 2021
Nothing from Nothing, LIMBO Arts, 2018
Threads Micro Residency, Ideas Test, 2018 

Selected Collections Czong Institute of Contemporary Art; Royal College of Art Archive

Selected Commissions
Cicada Books; D&AD; Foyles Bookshop; Little, Brown Book Group; International Alert; Royal College of Art

Selected Publications
Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics, Sidekick Books, 2015; Illustrated Gardening Journal, Cicada Books, 2014

Selected Awards
Faculty Scholarship, 2019; Gordon Peter Pickard Travel Award, 2015; Highly Commended, Cheltenham Illustration Awards, 2013; Shortlisted, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, 2012; Narrative Prize, Kingston University, 2012

© Rebecca Elves 2023