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Becky Davies known as Becky Davies

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Qualifications

BA Theatre Design – Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
MFA (Master of Fine Art) – Cardiff School of Art and Design
PGCE PCET – University of Wales, Newport

About

Senior Lecturer (Art) – BA Creative and Therapeutic Arts
Freelance Theatre Designer & Visual Artist
Creative Workshop Facilitator

Experience

Becky Davies graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2007 with first class honours in Theatre Design. In the same year she won The Lord Williams Memorial Prize for Design and was shortlisted in The Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design. Based in Cardiff, she has been designing site-specific, outdoor, small-scale and touring theatre for companies such as Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Welsh National Opera, Sherman Youth Theatre, Mr and Mrs Clark Ltd, Acting Out, Fluellen Theatre, Theatr Iolo, Mess Up The Mess and Spectacle Theatre in addition to assistant work for Welsh National Youth Opera and BBC Wales. In addition, Becky is an Associate Artist of inclusive theatre company, Taking Flight.

Alongside her career in Theatre Design, she has continued her fine art practice in both drawing and installation art. Her exhibitions include ‘First Steps’ (2007), ‘Lux’ (2009), ‘A Week in the City’ (2009), ‘Second Sight’ (2010), ‘Products of My Creative Endeavours’ (2010) and ‘Imprinting’ (2010). Becky was selected for the Sherman’s New Artist Development Scheme in 2009 and gained a Master of Fine Art degree from Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2010. Additionally, Becky has produced site-specific art installations as part of theatrical productions, ’C’Laen Ta’ by Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (2012) and ‘A Queer Christmas’ by Mess Up the Mess (2013).

In addition to Theatre Design and Art Practice, Becky was awarded a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education in 2011 and began working at the University of South Wales the same year. She was the Course Leader for BA Creative and Therapeutic Arts for 4 years, one of only two courses of its kind in the UK promoting the development of refined workshop facilitation techniques for inclusive and community benefiting creative interventions. She now continues to lecture part-time for the course. This draws on Becky’s experience of designing and delivering workshops, utilising artistic principles and skills, with a variety of workshop participants including children and adults with profound and multiple learning difficulties, the elderly, youth and community groups and LGBT groups in both Welsh and English.

For examples of Becky’s work, please copy and paste the below address in your search bar for her website:
www.beckydavies-theatredesigner-artist.com

Memberships

2017-Present: HEA Fellow
2016-Present: Resident Designer – Leeway Productions
2014-Present: Associate Artist – Taking Flight Theatre Company
2007-Present: Member – The Society of British Theatre Designers

Research

Current projects include:

September 2017 (ongoing) – #MySongMyStory – Forget Me Not Chorus
The Forget-me-not Chorus aims to empower both people with dementia and their families to use their voice in song to express themselves and to use the power of music to provide an escape from the everyday caring routine – providing a sense of normality, giving families a positive experience of being together. Becky designed and created a celebratory space for the launch of the project at the Wales Millennium Centre and Riverfront Arts Centre with the support of her students from the BA Creative and Therapeutic Arts course. The next stage in the project is the delivery of a series of creative workshops and an exhibition of the work in June 2018.

September – November 2017 – RAFT – Gwyn Emberton Dance
RAFT was a new dance theatre production nominated for Best Dance Production, Best Choreographer and Best Male Dancer in the 2018 Wales Theatre Awards. Set against a backdrop of our shifting politics and opinions of migration, five of the company’s extraordinary dancers explored a world that could be far away from home. Joined by a local cast, they questioned how it would be if we were the ones who had little chance of going back home, and less again of moving on to somewhere new. Designed by Becky, this production will be touring again in Autumn 2018.

December 2017 – Fur Coats From The Lion’s Den – Rufus Mufasa
Hip Hop Educator, lyricist, rapper and mother-of-two, Rufus Mufasa released her debut album ‘Fur Coats from the Lion’s Den’. The 14-track album, which will launched on the 1st of December at Swansea’s Cinema & Co, is a fusion of folk, hip hop, soul and poetry and tells a story of grief, love and motherhood. Becky created the artwork for the album cover.

February 2018 – Return Project – Beachley Barracks Military Wives
This is an on-going project at Beachley Barracks where a series of creative workshops enable the community of military wives to tell their stories and exchange experiences. As part of this project, Becky delivered an Artist Zine making workshop which voiced the participants’ messages of empowerment, of women as leaders and role models, and ways of getting to know their new, temporary home at Beachley for the short time that they will live there.

Twitter

@BeckyKempDavies

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