Alongside her studio art practice Beckie Upton has worked within arts and education based settings with roles at Fabrica Gallery, Tobacco Factory Theatre, The Royal West of England Academy, Spike Island and UWE.
Having received funding from O2 Think Big in 2012 and Think Bigger in 2013, Beckie Upton set up and directed an independent arts project called ‘the new collective’ which provided opportunities for local emerging artists and young arts professionals in Bristol. Following a successful event held at the Pervasive Media Studios, the project went on to provide 8 artists with an 8 week residency and exhibition opportunity at Philadelphia Street, Bristol. During this time the new collective also hosted a programme of artist led events that were free to the public.
in 2016, she received the Creative Pathways Critical Writing and Curating Bursary from Somerset Artworks and worked alongside Artists Debbie Locke RWA and Sara Dudman RWA on their ACE funded project ‘Flock Together’. She has had residencies at Centrespace, as part of the collective, Eden4, and 'Artcade' at the Arcade. She was a part of the network for Creative Enterprise, receiving a micro-grant to produce a line of ceramic items, and took part in EBC night school in 2019.
In 2021 she was granted the Developing Your Creative Practice Award from Arts Council England to dedicate more time to studio practice, meeting and learning from other artists, in particular those with young children and caring responsibilities.
She received a BA in Fine Art (Contemporary Practices) from Dartington College of Arts in 2009 and a PGCert in Design at UWE in 2015.