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Rachel Emily Taylor

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Sydney, Australia

Birth year

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Royal College of Art, 2013, MA
London College of Communication, 2010, BA (Hons)
Oxford brookes University, 2007, Art Foundation

Representing galleries

digital, photography, mixed-media, sculpture


"My childhood was spent between Sydney, Konongo and the North Yorkshire moors. From an early age I have been influenced by my doll-maker mother, who filled our house with her glass eyes, porcelain bisques and mohair wigs. I painted my first doll's head when I was a little girl, delicately adding each individual eyelash with a Cat's Tongue brush.

Since then I continued my artistic practice by studying at the London College of Communication and the Royal College of Art. Recently I have been funded by the British Council to be exhibited in Belgium, alongside being shortlisted for the Birth Rites Award in February 2013. I have been involved in exhibitions and workshops at the Wellcome Collection, the V & A and the British Museum.

I work across a variety of mediums, ranging from photography to wax sculpture. I am driven by research and literature, which I adapt and entwine to create new multi-layered fictions that frequently revolve around mirrors, doubles and transformations."


MA Visual Communication
Royal College of Art

BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design with Illustration Pathway
London College of Communication

Art Foundation Diploma
Oxford Brookes University

Selected Employment / Teaching

2013, Lead Tutor in Visual Communication on Art Foundation, David Game College
2013, Design Venturer Volunteer, working with 13 - 16 year olds, the Design Museum
2012, Visiting Speaker on BA Illustration, London College of Communication
2012, Artist, Guerilla Science's “Build Your Own Superhero” event, the Wellcome Collection
2012, Creative Workshop Leader, The Big Draw, the British Museum
2011, Creative Expert, working with 12 – 19 years olds, Creative Quarter, the Victoria & Albert Museum 
2010 - 11, Running Art Education Workshops for 16 – 18 year olds, the London Print Studio
LinkedIn - full employment history

Residencies / Projects

BIOMAB Dissection Drawing
part of The ART RESEARCHES SCIENCE project
Ghent University, Department of Morphology
Antwerp University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Belgium, 2013

Arabian Horses
Research and Art project
Preliminary Sketches of Arabian Horse Characteristics / Initial Designs for Sculptures
Roman Bronze Studio
New York, 2007 - 10

Selected Exhibitions

2007 - Present, Artwork available for sale at Gallerina, Darlington UK.

2013, SHOW RCA, the Stevens Building, Royal College of Art London
2013, HUNTERGATHERER, the Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
2013, Birth Rites, Egg Suite, MEDIACITY UK, Manchester
2013, WIP, Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

2012, Build Your Own Superhero, Guerilla Science at the Wellcome Collection, London
2012, Flatpack Film Festival, The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham
2012, Adaptation, The Courtyard Gallery, Royal College of Art, London
2012, #getinframe, A CSM project across the Kings Cross Billboards, London
2012, Interruption, The Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London

2011, crossmedia, Strip Turnhout Festival, Belgium. Funded by the British Council.
2011, Northern Nights, Open Air Cinema Festival, London
2011, Imagined Cities, The Archipelago Works, Sheffield
2011, Rich Mix Short Film Sessions, London
2011, Hello Stranger, The Pharmacy of Stories, London
2011, Imagined Cities, the London Print Studio, London

2010, The Anti-Design Festival, Shoreditch, London
2010, Standon Calling Festival, Exhibited with “Spoken Ink”, Hertfordshire
2010, Them & Us, The Rag Factory, London
2010, Super Graphics, London College of Communication, London

2009, Bronze & Art Exhibition, Emperor Hall, DuBai
2009, All's Well That Ends Well, The Well Gallery, London College of Communication, London
2009, Corsica Studios, Elephant and Castle, London


2013, Shortlisted for the Birth Rites Bi-Annual Award
2012, The Peter Gordon Pickard Travel Bursary, Royal College of Art
2012, Art Slant Juried Showcase Winner

Published / Press

"When Memento Mori Meet Magical Realism"
Q & A with Rachel Emily Taylor
Online article for Elephant Magazine
9th July 2013

“Imagined Cities”
Printed for the London Print Studio by Calverts
May 2011

“Tall Tales” by Lena Corner 
The Sunday Telegraph
22nd of August 2010

“Less Common More Sense”
University of the Arts London Magazine
April 2009
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