Katy Beinart studied architecture at the Bartlett, University College London and at Oxford Brookes University, and is currently doing a practice-based PhD at the Bartlett. She has practiced as an artist since 2004, combining art and architecture, to make artwork in the public realm as well as exhibiting in galleries in the UK and abroad, and taking part in residencies, workshops and Biennales.
She uses participatory research processes to respond to the context and history of places and people, and her work examines relationships between history and memory, culture and environment, religion and ritual, migration and home. She uses a range of media in her projects, often adapting old technologies, architectural media, found objects and everyday activities and rituals. Her work aims to reveal and question pasts, and ask how these belong in the present circumstances of places, and might shape their futures. In this sense she is interested in memory as a practice that is active and alive.
Since 2008, Katy has collaborated with her sister, artist Rebecca Beinart, on their joint project Origination, which explores inheritance, migration, culture and environment. Katy is a member of artist initiated public art research group Figure Ground with Jo Thomas, Jack Brown and Laura Krikke. She is part of performance group T.R.I.P.O.D. with Leah Lovett and Helen Simms. Since 2012 Katy has been working with Barby Asante and Kate Theophilus as part of Anchor & Magnet. Katy has also collaborated with Agnieszka Roguski, Katarzyna Perlak, Mia Taylor, and others.
Katy has worked in art and architectural education since 1999. She has worked on education projects and commissions for galleries including Modern Art Oxford, Turner Contemporary, South London Gallery, October Gallery, Artsdepot, as well as in numerous schools and colleges. Since 2008 she has lectured in Architecture and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Brighton.
Katy co-ran the Participatory Video/Community development project RAP in Oxford from 1999-2004, and in 2005 completed a Masters in Development Practices at Oxford Brookes University. She has particular experience and interests in participation, community facilitation/engagement, urban planning, heritage, and regeneration. These interests often contribute to her artistic practice.