Rebecca Hawkins

In a world where much positive change is still needed, art is a powerful tool for telling stories and gaining public empathy. Rebecca creates sculptures and drawings that support campaigns for change.

With an enjoyment of building a concept, teamed with an ability to create strong imagery, Rebecca creates drawings and sculptures which celebrate strength and freedom, while holding movement, beauty elegance at their core. Much of her work champions the strength and courage of women in situations where they are culturally or socially stigmatised. Rebecca is especially interested in the notion of what it means to feel empowered for women who are born into more challenging environments, and of the concept of Physis: "The determination to grow and survive", for women and girls across the world facing social and environmental hardship.

In 2017 Rebecca was commissioned to design and create a sculpture as part of an international campaign to highlight the plight of the Lai Dai Han in Vietnam, a group of women and children stigmatised by the result of sexual violence in the Vietnam war. This 2 meter bronze was unveiled in Church House, Westminster in 2019 and is currently in St James's Square, London, speaking on behalf of  women and children who are victims of sexual violence in conflict around the globe. In 2008 she worked with the Esther Benjamins Trust, Nepal, setting up a sculpture workshop to provide therapy through the art of making for victims of child trafficking.

In 2016 she was shortlisted for the prestigious PMSA's Marsh award for excellence in public sculpture for her work on the Gurkha Memorial, Folkestone.