Rebecca Birrell was born in Liverpool in 1991. She studied English Literature at UCL, then Women’s Studies at The University of Oxford. She has occupied curatorial positions at the Jewish Museum London, The Department of Prints and Drawing at The British Museum and at The Charleston Trust. In 2018 she undertook a fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art. She is currently completing her PhD at the Edinburgh College of Art and working on the photographic archive at The Wilhelmina Barnes-Graham Trust.
She is working on her first non-fiction book, a blend of collective biography and art criticism which looks at 20th Century women artists, intimacy and still-life, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2021.