Born in Watford (1965), Rachel lives in Elgin, Moray. She graduated from Moray School of Art, University of the Highlands & Islands with a first class BA Honours Fine Art Textiles Degree in 2020. She was selected for the RSA New Contemporaries exhibition (postponed until 2022) and was awarded the GHAT exhibition Prize 2021. She was selected for the New Contemporaries 5 Exhibition in Nairn 2018 and was awarded The Arts Society Highland Annual Prize for Contemporary Art at this exhibition. She has exhibited in Elgin, Nairn and Ahillas in Communidad Valenciana, Spain.
At the RSA New Contemporaries exhibition, March 2022 she was awarded the Fleming Wyfold Art Foundation award and the prestigious Glenfiddich Artist in Residency 2022
Her work explores aspects of psychogeography, mapping and considers the unseen, unnoticed aspects of our environment – initially through the practice of Urban Walking. During Lockdown she broadened this investigation through walking in the country and cold water swimming. Within the limitations imposed by the pandemic her work considers how interaction with the environment impacts on our overall wellbeing, physical and mental health.
At present her practice includes photography, sound work, printmaking and cast making. She aims to capture instances of the multisensory experience of being in our environment to explore and map our external and internal journeys.
instagram : @racheljmcclure_art