Post: Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts
Senior Lecturer BA Hons and MA in Fine Arts; 2D Art-Principles and Processes, Advanced 2D Principles & Processes, Fine Art Themes and Practices, Fine Art Promotion and Exhibition and Advanced Practice.
Rebecca ‘s practice historically is within the discipline of painting, more recent research projects extend to reflect a more multi-disciplinary approach including photography.
In an age of mass digitization and virtual media, the corporeality of painting still makes it a vibrant and engaging specialism to be working in today. In addition to contemporary approaches in painting and print, I have a particular interest in pre-Renaissance period of Italian painting and nineteenth century Japanese prints. My research and teaching has frequently been informed across disciplines within the arts and humanities; particularly between painting, film and literature.
In my earlier work an interest in the Haiku form of Japanese poetry had a significant influence to the direction my practice took. My research considered the thematic concerns and formal structure of the Haiku tradition and its appropriation to the medium of painting. Singular forms were positioned within the spatial field strategically to prompt a meditative state of contemplation. These concerns first emerged in a national touring show Slow Burn : Meaning & Vision in Contemporary British Abstract Painting (1998) that considered poetics in painting at the end of the nineteen nineties.
Shared themes and approaches with literature, have continued to inform my work; more specifically texts by contemporary writers such as Michael Ondaatje and Annie Proulx. My interest lie in how the relationship to a given place or landscape is frequently portrayed as an embodied experience in their work and how this may also prompt reflections on the human condition to do with loss, identity and memory.
More recently I have worked with photography. The images invite a re-imagining of the natural world and our sense of the sublime. Archival digital prints were selected for a group show titled Sublime : RickCopsey, Pat Flynn, Nick Jordan & Jacob Cartwright, Rebecca Sitar at Puskinskaya-10 Arts Centre, St Petersburg, Russia (2014) and Oriel Davies Open (2014).
Exhibitions & Professional Associations
Sitar’s work has been represented in number of solo and group exhibitions in the UK and Europe including John Moores Painting Prize 2014, Walker Art Gallery; Slow Burn : Meaning & Vision in Contemporary British Abstract Painting .(1998) originating at the Mead Gallery, Warwick University. Beginnings , Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2000) ‘Beyond the Endgame’ (2003) at Manchester Art Gallery .
In 2001 Eagle Gallery Emma Hill Fine Art took on representation of her work, through whom she has shown regularly with. Exhibitions include Ceramics, Paintings &Prints (2013) Present & Elsewhere II, (2007) Hinterland (2004)and Ritual (2001).
Sitar’s first international solo show Present & Elsewhere I was held at Galerija Karas in Zagreb, Croatia 2006. The project was supported by Arts Council England, The British Council and The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.
Rebecca is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of Rogue Artists Studios. Her work is held in various collections including Deutsche Bank AG, London; DLA London and Manchester Art Gallery (Patron Loan Collection).
Selected Exhibitions / events
Sublime : RickCopsey, Pat Flynn, Nick Jordan & Jacob Cartwright,
Rebecca Sitar at Puskinskaya-10 Arts Centre, St Petersburg, Russia
John Moores Painting Prize 2014
Oriel Davies Open, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown Wales
Wendy Anderson, Denise de Cordova, James Fisher, Rebecca Sitar,
Ceramics, Paintings &Prints, Emma Hill Fine Art Eagle Gallery , London
New Perspectives in Painting, The Studios, New Mills
Auction Exhibition, Castlefield Gallery , Manchester
Malgras / Naudet ‘ Sculpture is a vulture nibbling the entrails of the mundane.’
London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy of Arts, London
London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy of Arts, London
‘Abstraction’-The Campden Gallery, group show participating artist; Basil
Beattie, Manijeh Yadegar, Jane Bustin, Rebecca Sitar
Rogue Studios Launch, Manchester
‘Wallpaper-new purchases for corporate members’ collection including works by Catherine Yass, Heather & Ian Morrison, Manchester Art Gallery
‘On the Shelf –curated by Hilary Jack
‘Conscious Fiction’ Eagle Gallery, London
Visual Intelligences Artists seminar Showroom Gallery, London originated
Rebecca Fortnum participating artists Ian Kiaer, Alison Wilding…
‘Beyond the Endgame: Abstract Painting in Manchester’ Manchester Art Gallery
‘20x5 Drawings’ Eagle Gallery, London FEST
‘Miniatures’ The Star Gallery, Lewes
‘Beginnings’ Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
‘Surface Presence’ Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London
‘Quiet Voices’ The Eagle Gallery, London
‘Departure Lounge’ Mart,Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester, selected by Sacha Craddock
‘Slow Burn:Meaning & Vision in Contemporary British Abstract Painting’
Mead Gallery, Peter Scott Gallery , & Leeds Metropolitan Gallery
‘Delicate Dissidence’ Woodlands Art Gallery, London
‘Clwyd / NW Young Professional Exhibition’ Asturias/Madrid
‘Unveiled :Possibilities in Abstract Painting’ The Cornerhouse, Manchester
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2007 ‘Present & Elsewhere II’ Emma Hill Fine Art /The Eagle Gallery, London
2006 ‘Present &Elsewhere’ Galerija Karas, Zagreb, Croatia
2004 ‘Hinterland’ Emma Hill Fine Art /Eagle Gallery, London
2001 ‘Ritual’ Emma Hill Fine Art /The Eagle Gallery, London
2000 ‘Mind Breaths’ Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, Gt. Manchester
1996 ‘Lightness & Weight’ Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
1995 Residency Gijon, Spain –Clwyd /NWest arts/Asturias
1998 Arts Council Professional Development Award
2001 Shortlisted for Kettles Yard Residency, Cambridge
2001 Shortlisted for Abbey Fellowship in Painting, School of Rome
2006 Arts Council England Award Present & Elsewhere
2006 British Council, Travel Grant, Zagreb, Croatia.
2009 Higher Education Academy (2009) HEA Fellow
John Moores Painting Prize 2014 Catalogue isbn 978-1-902700-51-9
Eagle Gallery EMH ARTS /2010 Catalogue Publication
London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy 2010
Rebecca Sitar , Present & Elsewhere isbn 0-9553820-0-9
How soon was now: MASA 25 Castlefield Publications isbn 0952178036
British Council.org.croatia 60yrs in Croatia Present & Elsewhere 2006
Good Morning Croatia, Present & Elsewhere, Televised Review 28thSept2006
Vijesti iz Kulture, Present &Elsewhere, Arts & Culture review 28th Sept 2006
Galleries, Conscious Fiction by Corinna Lotz Jan 2005
The Independent Review, Sue Hubbard 11 May 2004
Beyond the Endgame, Manchester Art Gallery 2003 isbn 0 901673 633
Art Monthly, Beyond the Endgame October 2003
Mind Breaths ,Turnpike Exhibition catalogue 2000
Departure Lounge, Trice Publications 1999 isbn 0 9531919 23
Slow Burn.., Mead Gallery &Lancaster University98 isbn 0 902683 39X
The Times, Mind Breaths Exhibition by John Russell Taylor September 2000
Artists Newsletter , Mind Breaths Exhibition by Tim Birch September 2000
Granada Tonight, The Finer Things Mind Breaths Exhibition September2000
The Guardian, Slow Burn Exhibition by Robert Clark January 1999
Contemporary Visual Arts , Slow Burn Exhibition issue 20 /1998