A lecturer from the University of Bedfordshire will show her work at an exhibition at the Hat Factory opening this week.
Rebecca Meanley, a Visual Art Practice lecturer, will show abstract paintings in her exhibition, ‘Drawn In’ which explores the relationship between the artist and the canvas.
Rebecca said: “It is exciting to be doing a local, solo exhibition and I am really pleased that my students will be able see it. Having this body of work displayed and seen really brings this artistic cycle to a significant close, especially since this work was all made this year.”
The paintings have been made in series – drawing reference to each other and sharing a continual exchange with the other paintings in the exhibition.
Also the Course Leader for Fine Art at the University, Rebecca feels working as a lecturer has improved her artwork. “Being a dual-practitioner (lecturer and artist) is a really beneficial relationship. My painting has actually got better since becoming a lecturer,” she said.
“All I have ever wanted to do was paint and I worked my way up through being an artist in schools and delivering workshops for adults with learning difficulties until I took qualifications to become a lecturer. It has given me a really positive outlook – I feel more confident and enthusiastic about my own work because I’m constantly engaging in a critical dialogue with my students about their work.”
‘Drawn In’ will run at the Hat Factory from Monday, 21 November to Tuesday 13, December, excluding Sundays and daytime on 24 November – the exhibition is free of charge and open to the public.
There will be a private viewing on Thursday, 24 November between 6:30pm and 9:30pm with refreshments.