I specialise in co-authored work within a portfolio practice. Experienced in collaboration and with a broad skillset and passion for inventive and interactive arts practice I have strong skills in project management and partnerships.
I founded Art-in-Transit to enable me to draw all my practice under one umbrella including collaborative work. My practice embraces experimentation, and the blending of my several arts practices.
I use a variety of media and materials to respond to site or community specific briefs. My experience spans large multi partner projects to small workshop based work. I specialize in knitting many contributions and artistic responses into a cohesive whole.
My clients include District councils, Arts and Community Partnerships, Museums, Universities, Heritage sites, Corporate, Schools and Early years settings.
My broad skill-set and passion for inventive and interactive arts practice is routed in the importance of quality arts practice being available to all, and I endeavor to inspire others to explore and realise their creativity and ideas.
My portfolio practice includes sculpture, visual art, public art, photography, installation/ site-specific art, applied puppetry and digital art.
Becci Kenning has worked with LSE Library on two projects involving a wide variety of audiences that incorporates intellectual and activist ideas within a creative activity. The main project we worked together on used our archives around Greenham Common and conceptual ideas around walls and barriers in workshops with primary age children (Key Stage 2) as well as drop in workshops for families and adults. Becci came up with the creative response for our ideas and made it easy and practical, while also making the end result look amazing and be thought provoking!
Dr Debbie Challis -Education and Outreach Officer- LSE Library London School of Economics and Political Science
Working with Becci on the 100 Banners project has been an absolute delight, she excellently facilitated three workshops across our sites. Even when time was tight, Becci pulled everything together and brought out creative and quality work from the community participants. Her enthusiasm, passion and focus helped many of the participants feel at ease when it came to creating, crafting and sewing banners.
Jatinder Kailey- Community Assistant Producer- Historic Royal Palaces
It was an absolute pleasure in working alongside Becci. It was her drive and creative vision that ensured that what could have been a ‘failed’ project was translated into the successful, inspiring and inclusive experience it was – for everyone from the babes in arms to the oldest members of our community.
Annie Richardson - Senior Lecturer – Early Years – University of Brighton.
Becci brings a breadth of expertise to the creation of art which gives participants in her sessions the confidence to achieve things they would never have believed they could do. Her huge enthusiasm and determination for the projects she undertakes carries others along with her and creates a great sense of pride and achievement for all concerned.
Sylvia Howarth – Creative Agent for Creative Partnerships East Sussex.
I worked with Becci Kenning in my previous role as the Community Arts Development Officer at Mole Valley District Council on a commission to work with community groups to design new artwork for an underpass in a priority area in Dorking. Becci’s enthusiasm for community art is infectious; she is brilliant at working with people in a calm and professional way. It is rare to find an artist that is highly skilled and experienced in both the production of quality artwork and engaging diverse communities.
Kath McCutcheon - Vocal Development Leader | Surrey Arts
In 2011, the Thames Festival Trust commissioned Becci to conceive and deliver the Mayor’s Thames Festival’s River Commission - an annual educational outreach project, which involved working with 100 primary schools from across London and culminated in the construction of a large-scale structure.
Becci responded to the artist brief with an imaginative and ambitious project, entitled Reclaimed by the Thames. Over sixty schools came to visit the finished structure; the children felt a strong sense of pride to see their work incorporated into the finished piece.
The scale of the final structure was very impressive; 25m long and 3.5m tall; made from reclaimed timber, the life-size skeletal wreck of a ship acted as a centrepiece for our river and environmental zone on Potters Fields Park, next to City Hall, with Tower Bridge and the Tower of London as a backdrop.
Becci is a highly motivated and dynamic visual artist, she prepared a programme of thoughtful and relevant workshops which challenged the children and made them think about their work. She was inspirational, both to the teachers and the pupils. The Festival would not hesitate to work with her again.
Michelle Butler- Programme Manager – Thames Festival