Rebecca Fortnum is an artist and academic. In 2009 she became Reader of Fine Art at University of the Arts London and was subsequently appointed Professor of Fine Art at Middlesex University, London, in 2013. In 2016 she became Professor of Fine Art at the Royal College where she is Senior Tutor in Fine Art Research. Fortnum has received awards from organizations including Pollock-Krasner Foundation, British Council, Arts Council of England, British School in Rome and AHRC. Fortnum was instrumental in founding the artist-run spaces Cubitt and Gasworks, both in London, and is Founding Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Painting. Her books include Contemporary British Women Artists, published by IB Tauris, and On Not Knowing; How Artists Think, which she edited with Lizzie Fisher, published by Black Dog. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Absurd Impositions’ at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood (2011) and ‘Self Contained’ at the Freud Museum with an accompanying book published by RGAP (2013).