REBECCA JANE ARTHUR (b.1984, Edinburgh) is a visual artist working predominantly with the moving image and writing. Her works revolve around portraits of people and places, and her interest lies in how personal stories depict a socio-political context and history.
She is a PhD in the Arts candidate at KASK & Conservatorium, Ghent, from 2022-2028, where she also teaches in the media arts department, and gives a Master’s Seminar-series called ‘Reading Images Through a Feminist Lens’.
Arthur obtained her MFA from the Media Arts Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), Ghent, in 2017, and her BFA from Project Studio at Sint-Lukas Brussels and the Video and Video Installation Department at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2015.
At the invitation of Ingrid Cogne, she worked as a researcher on the FWF-Peek funded art-based research project Six Formats, hosted by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, on the format ‘Screening’ in 2017-2018.
In 2019, she was artist-in-residence at WIELS and fellow of the film programme SoundImageCulture (SIC), both in Brussels. Further, she was selected for the year-long film–writing residency Conversation #4 (an initiative of Centre Vidéo de Bruxelles (CVB) and GSARA, in partnership with Beursschouwburg), which ended in 2020. In 2021, she was selected for JAI — Institute of Artistic Practices at Tabakalera in San Sebastian and Artium in Vitoria-Gasteiz, and she was artist-in-residence at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.
She recently exhibited her work at ARGOS, Brussels; Beursschouwburg, Brussels; Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris; Convent, Ghent; Courtisane Festival, Ghent; FESTIFREAK, Buenos Aires; FRACTO, Berlin; Open City Documentary Festival, London; Punto de Vista, Pamplona; Size Matters, Vienna; Tallinn Photomonth: Contemporary Art Biennial; WIELS, Brussels, 25FPS; Zagreb; among others.
Texts on her work have been published in Metropolis M (BE), Abyss (FR), and KORTFILM.be . Arthur’s own writing on moving image has recently been published by Open City Documentary Festival (UK), Courtisane (BE), Sabzian (BE) and Film Place Collective (UK).
Parallel to her artistic practice, Arthur has worked in Brussels as producer, writer, and copy-editor over the last 5 years or so. She worked at the artist-run production and distribiton platform Auguste Orts (BE) for many of those years, and was Project Coordinator of the Creative Europe-funded project On & For Production and Distribution from 2018-2021. She further worked at ARGOS Centre for Audiovisual Arts as Coordinator of Audiovisual Productions from 2021-2022. As English language editor, she has worked extensively for local film platforms as Courtisane and Sabzian, and as book editor, she has worked on the follwing titles in recent years: On & For Production and Distibution (onandfor.eu, 2021), Where is Cinema? by Anouk De Clercq (Archive Books, 2019), Figures of Dissent by Stoffel Debuysere (MER Paper Kunsthalle, 2017).