Rachel is a Senior Lecturer for the BA (Hons) Illustration degree course. Rachel specialises in ‘situated illustration’, encouraging students to respond to museums, sites, and archives. This is supported by her AHRC-funded Ph.D. research at Sheffield Hallam University that explores the representation of historical biographies and narratives. As part of the study, Rachel conducted research at the Foundling Museum that culminated in an exhibition in October 2016. Rachel’s research interests include: heritage and creative practice, socially-engaged art practice, and the visibility of historical people.
Rachel has fostered a close relationship with Museums. She has facilitated workshops at the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Horniman Museum and the Design Museum. Recently, she illustrated ‘live’ as part of Guerrilla Science’s event Build Your Own Superhero at the Wellcome Collection and undertook artist residencies at the Museum of Witchcraft and the Foundling Museum. Rachel draws on this experience to question what the role of the artist and illustrator can be in the interpretation of history.
Rachel has exhibited across the UK: at the Tetley in Leeds, the Rag Factory in London, the Old Joint Stock in Birmingham and Bank Street Arts in Sheffield, amongst others. She was funded by the British Council to represent UK illustrators at Strip Turnhout in Belgium, the oldest Flemish graphic novel festival. She was awarded grants from the Arts Council in 2015, 2016, and 2017. As part of these awards, she project managed Soror at Safehouse 1, Charmed and Hypnotised in collaboration with Horniman Museum, and The Outsider at the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
In 2016, she completed a PGCert in Teaching and Management at Higher Education at Goldsmiths, University of London and joined the Higher Education Academy as a Fellow. As part of her AHRC doctoral training, she was awarded an PGCert in Heritage Research from the University of Hull. In 2013, she graduated from her Masters at the Royal College of Art and in 2010, gained a BA degree from University of the Arts London.