Beccy McCray explores playful, socially engaged art and design using a diverse approach that includes intervention, installation, participation, print, paint or whatever media necessary to create imaginative acts of resistance and more human moments in the world. Seeking to break down boundaries between art, activism and every day life, Beccy ultimately aims to spread joy and inspire positive change at grass roots level, using creativity to raise awareness of environmental issues and the social ideals that go hand in hand with sustainable and happy lives.
Throughout summer 2015 Beccy is leading the De La Warr Pavilion's 'Learning & Participation Programme' for Bridget Riley's 'The Curve Paintings' exhibition. Beccy will devise unexpected and creative ways that the public can interpret and engage with Riley's body of work - the show is open from June 13th - Sept 6th.
Beccy also works under the name Crafternoon Tea Club, a collective which explores participatory and community art, combined with activism and DIY craft-based tradition that can take any form; from games, happenings and installation, to collage, baking, parties and painting - or just being nice to people. Crafternoon Tea Club acts as both curator and collaborator; creating frameworks within which unexpected situations can occur. It aims to blur the line between artist and audience, bringing people together through the sharing of materials and ideas, using collective powers for the greater good, creating a positive vision of a more sustainable and socially just future - and having a good time while we do it.
Beccy's work has been commissioned by organisations such as the Jerwood Gallery, Turner Contemporary, The Olympic Park Legacy Company, The Barbican, National Theatre, Secret Garden Party, the ONCA Gallery for Arts and Ecology, Arts Council England, Home Live Art, Hastings Borough Council, Create London, Supermarket Sarah and the Women's Institute. Her projects have been featured in publications such as The Guardian, It’s Nice That, Frankie, Interview, Oh Comely, IdN, Amelia’s Magazine, Grazia, AnOther, Trend Hunter, British Library ‘Inspired By’, and The Community Lovers Guide to Hackney.
Alongside this, Beccy is a Creative Producer for animation, digital and interactive art working with organisations such as the Tate, Palais des Beaux Arts, National Media Museum and The Creators Project. She is also an activist, artist educator and regular guest lecturer & consultant for institutions such as the University for the Creative Arts and The London College of Communication.
Location: London, UK