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Rebecca Cairns

Born 1991, November 8,  (Toronto)

Rebecca Cairns is a Canadian photographer currently based in Belfast. She studied photography in Toronto from 2009-2013 and now has an MA in Photography Preservation and Collections Management. She uses analogue materials and processes in her practice to explore themes of intimacy, transience and loss. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has been featured in numerous online and print publications.


Appears in

Photography books by the artist

  • 2012,  BELGRADE, Toronto: Self Published
  • 2018,  BOREAL, St. John’s, Newfoundland: Self Published
  • 2021,  ENDINGS, Dublin: Self Published

Photography books with contribution by the artist

  • 2018, Russell Joslin, Series of Dreams, US: Skeleton Key Press, ISBN: 978-0-9997553-0-3, 
  • 2015, Chen Jibao and Fox Chen, Sometime Else, Taiwan: Publisher, ISBN: 9789866179945
  • 2013, Shauba Chang, SEN/SEN, Hong Kong: Waterfall, ISBN: 978-986-89725-0-6

Awards and honours

  • 2013, Canadian Winner, Magenta Flash Forward Festival, Toronto, Canada 
  • 2013, Emerging Artist Grant, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto, Canada 
  • 2013, Finalist in Juried Competition, FotoFilmic, Vancouver, Canada 


Solo exhibitions

  • 2018, Remnants of Light, The Kickplate Project, 76m2, Pontypool, Wales 
  • 2014, Adumbration, The Black Cat Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2013, Belgrade: Book Launch & Solo Exhibition, The Black Cat Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2013, The Past, Daguerre, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 2012, Inchoate, Akasha Art Projects, Toronto, Canada

Group exhibitions

  • 2021, HALFTONE, The Library Project, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2021, Dublin Art Book Fair, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2017, Longitude, The Kickplate Project, 76m2, Pontypool, Wales
  • 2016, Pulp, Fotofilmic, Bowen Island, Canada
  • 2016, Botanica, Docks Art Fair, Lyon, France
  • 2016, Black Mountain School, The Block, Asheville, US
  • 2015, Delta: The Difference, Project Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2015, Output, Twist Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2014, Chaotic Forms, Nave Gallery, Somerville, US
  • 2013, The End is the Beginning, Unit H Gallery: Market Studios, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2013, Fotofilmic 2013, Positive/Negative Gallery, Fotofilmic, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2013, SNAP!, Arta Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2013, Self Portrait, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, US
  • 2013, The Big Picture, Denver, US
  • 2013, CAPIC: Xpose, Todmodern Papermill Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2012, Splice, University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto, Canada
  • 2012, Splice, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, Canada
  • 2012, Anonymia, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada
  • 2012, Group Exhibition, Galerie Sakura, Paris, France
  • 2012, Personae, Castell Photography Gallery, Asheville, US
  • 2012, Two and a Quarter, Contact Photography Festival, The Lomography Gallery, Toronto, Canada
  • 2012, Modern Love, The Print Space, London, UK
  • 2012, Feroces Festival de Photographie, Lyon, France