2019 Elected President of the Royal Academy 2017 Elected Keeper of the Royal Academy 2014 Elected as a Royal Academician 1979-1981 Kyoto City University of Art, Japan 1974-1977 Bristol Polytechnic, BA
After graduating from Bristol University, Rebecca Salter was awarded a two-year Leverhulme Scholarship and a research post at the Kyoto City University in Japan. She became absorbed in Japanese culture and decided to remain in the country for the next six years. During this time she also made time to study calligraphy giving her a profound insight beyond the practice of line and mark making, but also taught her about ‘dynamic movement' and the art of meditation - elements that were to influence her future work. Rebecca Salter's work for Cure3 is in keeping with her practice of combining Western and Eastern traditions in art. The title of the work Wings reflects the hope for transcendence and the desire to flee from the clutches of illness or misfortune. The simplicity and sense of calm evoked by the light wooden structure that appears to push and even hold up the walls of the Perspex cube, creates a space with a peaceful meditative quality, drawing the viewer in to see the marks on the fins of the sculpture. She describes this work as 'the simplest intervention to articulate the geometry of the cube'. In 2019 Salter, was elected the first female president of the Royal Academy of Arts in its 250 year history.