Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams (image from Weekend Wardrobe)

*1985 Newcastle upon Tyne UK
lives/works in Glasgow

Adams' practice is rooted in an exploration of domestic material, looks at the balance between the functional and the decorative and investigates the position that such material holds within a culture of mass production. Revisiting crafted upholstery materials and techniques such as drapery trims and tassel fringes through sculpture, drawing and animation, her work sets up a new dialogue with old fashioned and typically feminine objects and processes. These installations present anthropomorphic qualities, and show new objects, which balance domestic, utilitarian and fetishist influences. Adams' works seem to delight in a direct engagement with their chosen media. Her use of straight forward processes: shredding or crushing throw–away materials such as cardboard or animating the simple action of a closing and opening circle to become two eyes blinking coquettishly at the viewer. Dawn Bothwell, 2009.

Rachel Adams: biography pdf
Education
2017 – (ongoing) PhD, University of Edinburgh and Dundee Contemporary Arts (awarded Arts & Humanities Research Council Grant)
2016 – 2017 MFA Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford
2004 – 2009 MFA University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art
Solo Exhibitions
2022
: Damp, domobaal.
2021
: Home Grown, Yoshimi Arts/Osaka, Japan.
2019
: Stoop–Stoop–Stooping is Stoopid, Rachel Adams with Tessa Lynch, Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, Scotland.
: Hospitalfield, Arbroath, Scoltand.
2018
: Noon, David Dale Gallery & Studios, Glasgow, Scotland.
: Lowlight, Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK.
: Right Twice a Day, solo project at the Jerwood Space, Project Space, London.
2016
: Art Fair Tokyo (solo presentation, Projects section).
2015
: Open Studio, Yoshimi Arts, Osaka, Japan.
2014
: How to live in a flat, The Tetley, Leeds, supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds, UK.
: Long Reach, domobaal.
2013
: Suburban Mystic, The Lombard Method, Birmingham.
: Space–Craft, Tramway 5, Glasgow.
2012
: Posturing, a solo project within The Sculpture Show, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.
: Refurnished, Galerie De Expeditie Amsterdam, Holland.
2011
: Cut From Whole Cloth, domobaal.
: Marble Mouthed, The Duchy, Glasgow
: The Compleat Lounger, The Shop, Cambridge, UK.
2010
: Blind Alchemy, collaborative exhibition with Ian Giles, Royal Standard, Liverpool and Studio Warehouse, Glasgow, supported by the Scottish Arts Council.
2009
: Golden Years, New Work Scotland Programme, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh.
: "–", Alt gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
Group Exhibitions
2022
: Insight 26: Connection, Yoshimi Arts, Osaka, Japan.
2021
: BLUE, Yoshimi Arts, Osaka, Japan.
2020
: Insight 24: Abstraction, Yoshimi Arts, Osaka, Japan.
: Decade Vol.2, Yoshimi Arts, Osaka, Japan.
: Online / Contactless, (Yoshimi Arts, the three konohana website).
2019
: Flash Memories, curated by Takeshi Hirata (art critic) at Sai Gallery, Yoshimi Arts, The Third Gallery Aya, Osaka, Japan.
2017
: Insight 2018, Yoshimi Arts, Osaka, Japan.
2016
: Material and Form in a digital age (II) Rachel Adams, Mizuki Kakinuma, Haruko Sasakawa at Yoshimi Arts, Osaka, Japan.
: June Mostra, British School at Rome, Italy.
: March Mostra, British School at Rome, Italy.
2015
: December Mostra, British School at Rome, Italy.
: Finite Project Altered When Open, David Dale Gallery & Studios, Glasgow.
: Insight 14, Yoshimi Arts, Osaka, Japan.
2014
: £1 Fish, S1 Art Space, Sheffield, UK.
: Vivarium, Model, Liverpool, UK.
: Art in the Home #2 York, by invitation from the Contemporary Art Society North.
: Material and Form in a digital age, Yoshimi Arts, Osaka, Japan.
: Mood is Made/Temperature is Taken, curated by Quinn Latimer, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow, UK.
2013
: Micro Residents exhibition, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh, UK.
: Paper, Saatchi Gallery, London, (catalogue).
: Rock Paper Scissors work on paper, Galerie De Expeditie Amsterdam, Holland.
: Game Changer, Collective Gallery off–site at Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh Festival 2013.
: Costume: Written Clothing, Tramway 5, Glasgow.
: Commissioned Artist, The Collection, Lincoln, UK.
: Title, Newbridge Space, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
: The World is Almost Six Thousand Years Old: Contemporary Art and Archaeology from the Stone Age to the Present, The Collection Lincoln and Usher Gallery, UK.
: Jesmonite on Paper, Malgras Naudet, Manchester, UK.
2012
: Pavilion, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow.
: Arrives in Starting, as part of Glasgow International, The Duchy, Glasgow, Scotland.
: Art Rotterdam
2011
: LABF, Whitechapel Gallery, London with domobaal.
: Look with all your eyes, Look, Frith Street Gallery, London.
: Outpost Summer Fayre: Am Nuden Da, Embassy, Grand Union, OUTPOST, Permanent, Norwich, UK.
: The Chalet Prize, The Chalet, Glasgow.
2010
: LABF, Whitechapel Gallery, London, domobaal.
: Be The Hammer or The Anvil, Generator Projects, Dundee, UK.
: Bold Tendencies IV, Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham multistorey carpark, London.
: Nothing New Under the Sun, The Duchy, Glasgow.
: Ekkert Nytt Undir Solinni/Nothing New Under the Sun, Skaftfell Centre for Visual Art, Seydisfjordur, Iceland.
: Salon, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh.
2009
: Time is a Sausage (A Show of Shows) domobaal, London.
: 4 New Sensations, A Foundation, London.
: Neapolitan, Intermedia Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh.
2008
: Catalyst Arts, annual student show, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Awards, Residencies, Grants etc
2015–16
: Sainsbury Scholarship in Painting and Sculpture (full year), The British School at Rome, Italy.
2014
: Henry Moore Foundation Project Funding.
: Creative Scotland Award.
: Arts Trust Scotland Award.
2013
: Artist in Residence, Lombard Method, Birmingham.
2012
: Standpoint Futures Residency.
: Visual Arts & Crafts Award, Edinburgh City Council.
2010
: Birgir Andressen Residency, Skaftfell Centre for Visual Art, Seydisfjordur, Iceland.
2009
: Visual Art creative and professional development grant, Scottish Arts Council.
: Visual Arts & Crafts Award, Edinburgh City Council.
: Andrew Grant Award, Edinburgh College of Art.
: co–founder of Rhubaba Gallery and artist studios, Edinburgh.
Talks, Discussions, Press etc
2017
: Art History Research Lecture Series, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland.
2015
: Panel discussion, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
2014
: Art Monthly, London Round–Up, by Martin Herbert, June Issue 377.
: Rachel Adams, Artist's Talk at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.
2013
: Ian Giles with an intervention by Rachel Adams and Tessa Lynch Object Theatre, CCA Glasgow.
: Artangel Open 100.
: Design Week, review of Paper at the Saatchi Gallery.
: Huffington Post, review of Paper at the Saatchi Gallery.
: El Pais, review of Paper at the Saatchi Gallery.
: London Art Reviews, review of Paper at the Saatchi Gallery.
: Artdaily.org, review of Paper at the Saatchi Gallery.
: Space–Craft: Rachel Adams in discussion with Claire Jackson, Tramway, Glasgow.
: Artist's Talk, Lombard Method, Birmingham.
: NWSP: discussion panel, Collective Gallery in collaboration with Tramway, Glasgow.
: Artist's Talk, Standpoint Gallery, London.
2012
: Five Hats, Panel discussion at Collective, Gallery, Edinburgh with Dr Sarah Smith, Lecturer in Historical and Critical Studies at Glasgow School of Art, Rachel Adams and James Williams, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dundee, Thursday 19 July at 6pm.
: 'Within the space of' Joe Etchell explores the inner workings of Rhubaba, Monday 13 February, The Journal, Edinburgh.
: 'Its Hard To Find a Good Lamp' a group exhibition curated by Rachel Adams at Rhubaba, Edinburgh.
2011
: Panel discussion at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh on Contemporary Art and its relationship with Feminism, 5 October 2011.
: ArtLicks 'The Introduction' Rachel Adams interviewed by Ian Giles, Issue 5 Winter 2011.
2011: Time Out, review of 'Look with all your eyes Look' at The Frith Street Gallery, Ossian Ward 26.08.11.
: drawnthread, artists book, B5 28pps, full colour, soft cloth cover, hand–sewn binding, published by domobaal editions for the London Art Book Fair at The Whitechapel Gallery.
: The Skinny, feature, April 2011, Edinburgh.
2009
: Inviteinvite contribution to artists publication, Edinburgh.
: Fear of Photography, Addiction to Surveillance, a reading group project initiated at Stills Gallery Edinburgh.
Academic Appointments etc
Visiting Lecturer, The Art Academy, London
Satellites Programme, Selector, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Visiting Lecturer, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK.
Visiting Artist, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, Scotland.
2011–2012: Digital Media Graduate Assistant, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland.
Rhubaba Gallery & Studio Trustee 2012 onwards
Rhubaba Gallery & Studio co-founder and co-director 2009-12, Scotland.
2009–2012: Rhubaba Gallery & Studio co–founder and co–director, Scotland.
Collections
Saatchi Collection, David Roberts Collection, Jo en Marlies Eyck, Hedge House, The Netherlands, Azko Nobel Art Foundation
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