Online studio visit

INSIDE THE STUDIO LIVE with Rachel Duckhouse

22 Sep 2020

6:30 pm - 7:15 pm


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An exclusive live online studio visit with Glasgow-based artist Rachel Duckhouse as she discusses the drawings she has been making in isolation ahead of her upcoming exhibition.

Live studio visit – join Rachel Duckhouse at her Glasgow flat, as she kindly invites us into her space for an exclusive look at her stunning new drawings.

Glasgow-based artist Rachel Duckhouse will talk to us about her practice, firstly introducing works her new series of works for her upcoming exhibition ‘A Gathering’’, a new body of work that she has been working on in her flat while in isolation. After that, she will also talk about other series of works, as well some of her collaborative projects.

There will also be an opportunity to ask Rachel questions during the studio visit.

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Eriskay series, Rachel Duckhouse

Eriskay series

Rachel Duckhouse is a Glasgow based visual artist working primarily in printmaking and drawing. However, during this pandemic, unable to go to her studio and with the print workshop closed, she has been forced to work at home and concentrate on making drawings.

Rachel’s work has always been driven by the drawing of repeated shapes or lines and the themes of repetition, layering, architectural structure and patterning. Similarly, as her practice has developed, these themes have evolved into the starting point for several research based projects . These projects have explored patterns, structures and repeated rhythms and flows found in all sorts of contexts, including architecture, landscape, the flow of water and biological systems. Above all, in between these research based projects, she has continued to develop series’ of intuitively drawn pen and ink works, loosely informed by her wider research based practice but driven more by instinct than research.

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‘Eriskay series (working title)’, 2020, Rachel Duckhouse

This new series of geometric drawings is based on sheep fanks on the Scottish Island of Eriskay. The artist first came across these structures on walks around the Outer Hebrides while there for a RSA (Royal Scottish Academy) Residency.  What then immediately struck Rachel was the striking concrete shapes in the natural environment. Originally made by crofters to put their sheep in, but now seeming almost more like sci-fi monoliths. Similarly, the structures are to her like contemporary pyramids, relating to puzzles and mazes of the past. After that, they became the inspiration for this new body of work.

This new body of work is also concerned with wider environmental concerns, such as rising water levels and the effects of global warming.

Rachel Duckhouse Portrait
Rachel Duckhouse Portrait

Upcoming exhibitions:

This autumn, Rachel’s work is included in The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize (previously the Jerwood Drawing Prize). The exhibition opens in London January 2021. Likewise, she is showing this new body of work in a solo exhibition at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre. This opens on 2 October 2020.

About the artist:

Rachel’s exhibitions include: Pushing Paper, British Museum and touring; ‘New acquisitions’, British Museum, London; ‘Objectspace’, Auckland, New Zealand. ‘Engramme’, Quebec City; ‘WE‘, Latitude 53, Edmonton, Canada; ‘Footprint International Biennale’, Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk USA.

Additionally, her work is in important collections internationally including for instance The British Museum Prints and Drawings Collection; Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital; Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York; Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. Banff Centre Artist Book Collection, Canada; City of Calgary Civic Art Collection; University of Stirling; Strathclyde University.