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Rebecca Leach McDonald

I am an Artist and Storyteller who creates participatory experiences through which we can collectively consider and reflect on susainability and the environment.

My artistic practice is an open invitation to engage with the world through story; to enter into a storied landscape and connect with the layers of history, ritual and myth lying beneath our feet. This is a process of singing and weaving ancient stories into our contemporary environment, of connecting to and falling in love with the world around us.

I use participatory experience, narrative and performance to create moments of collective mythic imagination and creativity; springing from intersection of psyche and environment, building narrative into mythos and dreaming up landscapes, creatures and epic interactions. My current project, Mythically Imagining Kings Cross, takes as its starting point the mythology and history of the Kings Cross area and starts to map its imaginary terrain. It is a collaborative research project; exploring local history and geology, stories, myths and legends that have been passed down over generations, alongside contemporary imaginings of place.

I will be showing research and artwork alongside workshops and performances, accumulating responses to Kings Cross over the exhibition length. You can find more about the project here: https://mythmapkx.tumblr.com/

My day to day life involves suporting reserach across the tate leanring department and the Tate exchange, and my background includes a over 5 years teaching experience short course in contemporary art at central saint martins, an MA Art and Science (Central Saint Martins), a PGCert in Academic Practice for Art, Design adn Sustainability specialising in Educaton for Sustainability, a PGCert in History of Art, and a BA (hons) Fine Art. I have also studied storytelling with the International School of Storytelling and the Westcountry School of Myth and Story. 

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