Rebecca Newnham works predominately as a sculptor and designer and current work illustrates scientific concepts such as energy transference. Her materials lead approach is informed by an understanding of glass, bronze, concrete, fiberglass. She is a skilled maker and usually creates her own work with teams of assistants and in collaboration with structural engineers Packman Lucas. Sculpture can be static or kinetic, some float or suspend or rotate.
WAVE, a 15m floating installation, was commissioned for a private lake in Yorkshire and considers the ever increasing volume of information which invisibly surrounds us. The five sections have an internal steel structure, have a highly polished red surface and are invisibly chained together and anchored to allow the work to respond to wind and water flow. WAVE is red because in the colour spectrum, red appears at this wavelength.
Rebecca Newnham first exhibited work in Salisbury Cathedral in 2010 and is now co curating ‘Reflection’ which includes the work of 9 artists who work with glass including her own. The work she is showing this year follows on from the last series shown in 2010 and also marks a new departure, a creative leap in her practice.
At the same time, Rebecca has a significant body of work 10 groups of sculpture, at Doddington Hall.
Sustainability & best practice is on all of our agendas, and the studio explores reuse of glass bottles in particular crushed as an aggregate in concrete or fused in a kiln. Years of research is now leading to exciting commissions reusing glass bottles to create artworks for the hospitality sector, and reusing glass to create artworks from materials with historical relevance.
SOAR is a sculpture cast in editions in bronze or with glass aggregate. It follows on from a series of work about flight and the energy required to elevate. The glass aggregate casts reuse imploded and graded bottle glass, sourced locally, in place of other aggregate, the glass sparkles in the light. HSBC have one in their collection.
Heineken commissioned designs for bars and clubs creating artworks from Heineken bottles. Heineken were the first to put beer in distinctive green bottles. Events are held where creatives enjoy the beer and the studio then reuse the bottles in different ways: as an aggregate in a concrete reception desk for a night club, as fused inclusions in a stylised sound wave wall artwork for a music bar and flattened and mosaiced into a mirror and glass 14m sequence of over bar panels.
Gaby Kienle and Lucy Turnerassist in the studio and are great team members.
David Bird is a partner in Rebecca Newnham and has worked with Rebecca since 1995. David is a photographer, nearly all the images on this site are his.
1991 Royal College of Art MA (RCA) Glass
2015 National Trust Lacock Abbey, Frozen, a glass show in the grounds.
2014-2015 Horatio’s Garden, Salisbury, in association with the Garden Gallery, solo installation.
2014 Visionary Landscape, a group show curated by Helaine Blumenfeld at Leicester Botanical Gardens.
2014 Kinetic Bournemouth curated and managed by AUB undergraduates as part of their degree
2013 Andipa Gallery, Knightsbridge, solo show, ‘Energy Principle’
2012 Sabrina Landini Gallery, Pietrasanta, Italy, a group exhibition curated by Sabrina Landini.
2012 The Figure in the Landscape, Winchester. Group exhibition with Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Peter Randall Page, Emily Young, curated by Rachel Bebb
2010 Liminality at Salisbury Cathedral, 8 artists response to the theme and the space. Curated by Jacquiline Creswell
2008 Photosynthesis. Hillier Gardens, solo exhibition, body of work resulting from collaboration with the gardens.
2007 Light and Significant Numbers, Highcliffe castle, Christchurch, Dorset. Work in castle grounds and old library. David Bird’s photographs of Rebecca’s sculpture in significant sea and landscape.
The Garden Gallery, Broughton, Hampshire
Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Ockley, Surrey
AWARDS & ACQUISITIONS
2015 HSBC acquired sculpture for headquarters
2015 Heineken Iconic Design Challenge, a global competition to design elements of a series of bars
2013 Spotlight Award. RBS and Andipa Gallery in collaboration; resulting in a solo show at Andipa Gallery and Strata at the Saatchi Gallery.
2010 MRBS. Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors
2006 Museumaker Project. Collaboration with Arts Council England and Charles Rennie Mackintosh Museum, Northampton
2006 Museumaker Project commission, with Arts Council England and New Walk Museum, Leicester.
2014-2016 Heineken commissioned artworks for bars and clubs created from Heineken bottles
2015 Commissioned to create a portrait of the Queen to celebrate her status as the longest reigning monarch by Horlicks GSK
2014 3 Lotus sculptures commissioned for a private garden in Dubai
2012-13 WAVE a 15m Floating Sculptural Installation For A Lake At The Himalayan Gardens In North Yorkshire; Installed In April 2013. BBC News coverage of installations.
2013 MGM Resorts commissioned Dancers, a pair of 3.5m tall sculptures for Aria Casino, Las Vegas. Dancers are still in transit and are expected to arrive any day.
2011 JWT and Kenco commissioned a series of 8 sculptures which were exhibited in London, Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool. A Facebook campaign decided the final homes of the 8 sculptures.
2011 QUERCUS ROBER, 2.5m tall group of sculptures for the gardens of LOROS in Leicester, exhibited before installation at Hampton Court Flower Show. BBC News coverage.
2011 FLEDGE UPLIFT, 450mm tall, bronze. Following on from ‘Fledge; increments of Flight’ as exhibited in Salisbury Cathedral, a further sculpture considering flight and the liminal journey was cast in bronze.
2010 MAGNOLIA: 2m diameter sculpture, floats in a lake at the Himalayan Gardens in North Yorkshire.
2009 Chris Beardshaw and Ness Botanical Gardens commissioned BULLEYANA for a garden exhibited at Tatton Park before installation at Ness Gardens. Followed Chelsea Flower show garden exhibition.
2008 Elstone Hayes commissioned FRONDIS, a 13m tall atrium installation for Royal Caribbean’s ‘Sovereign’.
2007 Elstone Hayes commissioned 7 sculptures for Cunard’s new Queen Victoria Cruise ship: WHITE GRASS and DANCERS
2007 Two groups of sculpture TAXUS and DNA SEEDLINGS, for private gardens, Cambridge
2007 LOTOS sculpture for private home in Italy.
2007 Two sculptures, KALYPTOS and AKALYPTOS, for a roof terrace at London’s Barbican.
2006 Museumaker, an Arts Council project competition winner. Commissioned to make a 1m tall LOTUS sculpture for New Walk Museum, Leicester. Reflects cultural and natural aspects of the collections.
2006 Museumaker project competition winner. SEEDLING sculptures each 2m tall for the interior. BBC News coverage.
Rebecca Newnham is an active member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and Royal College of Art Alumni
Designer and creator of FROMGLASS.com sustainably produced from reused glass bottles
Handmade production range of mirrors and furniture supplied to John Lewis PLC, Heals, Harrods, the Conran shop worldwide 1993-2014
Bespoke commissioned mirrors and furniture created for many eminent public and private locations.