Born in Newry, Ireland, 1996

Rebecca Emily Burns is a photographic artist and educator based in Manchester, UK. She graduated from Manchester School of Art with a first class honours degree in Photography. Currently she works for Redeye, the photography network as an events and programme co-ordinator.

Her art practice is based around ideas of identity and community, most of her work made in collaboration with her subject. Being born in the North of Ireland shaped her interests in land, politics and self. Her work investigates contested territories in both the physical terrain and the mind.

“With a practice formed somewhere around a social documentation, Rebecca Burns’ work and narratives are immediately influenced by people. From this, the narratives then form and surround the work. Her soft images draw landscape and portrait together in a captivating manner, allowing the landscape to reflect person and vice versa. Within this there is no real punctum - one pivot or anchor point - instead, a flat emotional understanding of subject.” - Wes Foster for Forme Journal


2021 Art for Our Sakes, Pot Kettle Black, Manchester

2019 Intermission, Bankley Studios, Levenshulme

2019 Narratives of Homelessness, HOME Theatre, Manchester

2019 Nature of Matter, Voies Off Festival, Arles France

2019 Degree Show, Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art

2019 NOM, 33 Oldham Street, Manchester

2018 Deck the Halls, Bankley Studios, Levenshulme

2018 Club Havana, Buyers Club, Liverpool

2018 Absolute Tosh, Caustic Costal, Manchester

2017 Foyer Five, College of Art, Plymouth

2017 England to India Symposium, Plymouth

2017 Our Essenscene, St Saviours Hall, Plymouth


2021 Nothing without Labour, Forme Journal

2021 Chattin’ Your Future, MADE Mcr

2020 Comino Foundation Yearbook

2020 Clayton Chronicle, Issue 1

2019 Grrrlizm Zine, Issue 1: Womanhood


2020 Cultural Digital Designer in Residence, Abraham Moss High School and Manchester Art Gallery


2019 Nature of Matter, Co-curator, Voies Off Festival

2019 The Hidden Project, Co-curator, Manchester Central Library


2022 Climate Aware Photographer

2021 Fellow of Higher Education (FHEA)