Approved: 16.08.2006

Rachel Gibson

Artist, Film-maker, Lecturer / academic, Writer

Approved: 16.08.2006

'Rachel Gibson's work reflects an intuitive connection with experience and memory. Using references from the natural world, she explores the perception of nature as an entity which exists on the edge, treading a delicate balance between creation and destruction, growth and loss.

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Artist Statement

'Rachel Gibson's work reflects an intuitive connection with experience and memory. Using references from the natural world, she explores the perception of nature as an entity which exists on the edge, treading a delicate balance between creation and destruction, growth and loss.

'Other Worlds' is a new body of work developed in animation, photography, text and Artists Books as well as drawing and painting. Here imagery shifts between the subatomic and the planetary universe, reflecting imaginary echoes of the struggle between chance and determination. 

Rachel's imagery often involves complex combinations of media. Through layering, erasing, drawing and redrawing each piece carries its own history, expressing a link between thought, experience and memory and all the uncertainties in between.

Rachel Gibson is an artist who lives and works in Cumbria.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2005 - MA Fine Art & Education, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne

1972 - BA Hons Fine Art, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne

Exhibitions 2016

  • Ground 3, Florence Mine, Cumbria
  • New light Open, Bowes Museum, Co. Durham and Mercer Gallery, Harrogate
  • RSA Open, Royal Scottish academy, Edinburgh

Exhibitions 2015

  • Cumbrian Open, Upfront Gallery, Cumbria - Judges Award
  • Lynn Painter Stainers Prize, Mall Galleries, London

Exhibitions 2014

  • Open up North, Kendal, Cumbria -  Judges Commendation
  • Painting Now, One Church St Gallery, Buckinghamshire
  • Ground - Selected exhibition, Florence Mine, Cumbria

 Exhibitions 2013

  • Artists Book Fair, Baltic, Gateshead
  • Egremont Red, Florence Mine, Cumbria
  • Unique drawings, One Church Street Gallery, Buckinghamshire

Exhibitions 2012 - 1996

  • Drawing Open 2012, Exhibition Award, One Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden
  • Open Up North, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria 2009
  • The Lake Artists Summer Show, Grasmere, Cumbria : Exhibition Prize 2008
  • Exhibition 3, The Red Barn, Melkinthorpe, Cumbria 2007
  • Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair, Glasgow, George Square 2007
  • Selected group exhibition, Gallery North, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne 2006
  • Landmarks 111, Lowood Art Gallery, Cumbria 2003
  • Real Art Retrospective, The Beacon, Whitehaven, Cumbria 2001
  • Printmaking revisited, Hexham, Northumberland 1999 - Books by Artists, University of West England, Bristol 1997
  • Land, an artists book, touring exhibition 1996
  • Cumbria 96, Year of Visual Arts, Euston Station 1996
  • Northern Print at the Halton, Newcastle upon Tyne 1996

Workshops

  • 2008 - Drawing from experience,( in association with Keith Tyson ) Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Cumbria,
  • 2006 - Arts and Minds - Conference on Arts and Cultural Entitlement, Cumbria
  • 2005 - Performance & Drawing, University of Northumbria - PGC,
  • 2000 - Andy Goldsworthy Sheepfolds, Education Project, Bewcastle School,
  • 1994  - Sainsbury's Outreach Drawing Workshop, Newcastle upon Tyne

 Awards

  • 2012 Drawing Open, Exhibition Award, One Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire
  • 2009 - Kent valley printers Award for best work on paper, Lake Artists Society summer show, Grasmere, Cumbria
  • 2006 - Landmarks 111 Exhibition prize, Lowood Art Gallery, Cumbria
  • 1996 - Cumbria Visual Arts & Crafts Award, Cumbria

Educational experience -

  • Visiting Lecturer - Illustration, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
  • Lecturer - Illustration, Drawing, Graphics, Visual Communication, University of Cumbria.