Approved: 02.07.2010

Rachel Welford

Artist

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Approved: 02.07.2010

I design and make glass artwork for architectural settings, creating visually stimulating work that responds to the nature of a space, becomes part of the fabric of an environment and, I hope, adds something to people's everyday lives.
I work to commission for a wide variety of applications and undertake public art projects, often in collaboration with other artists and designers. I also follow my

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  • Location: Scarborough, Yorkshire
  • Artforms: Glass, Text
  • Tags: interior design
 

Biography

I design and make glass artwork for architectural settings, creating visually stimulating work that responds to the nature of a space, becomes part of the fabric of an environment and, I hope, adds something to people's everyday lives. I work to commission for a wide variety of applications and undertake public art projects, often in collaboration with other artists and designers. I also follow my own independent creative ideas to make glass and paper based artworks and installations for gallery and domestic interior or exterior environments. Drawing, photography, film and other multimedia work is important to my practice and sensibilities from these areas feed into my work with glass. I work with flat glass employing techniques including layering, sandblasting, water-jet cutting, fusing, and painting as well as traditional stained glass. I am also researching the creative application of glass and thin-film coating technology, aided by links with Saint Gobain Glass UK. My current work explores the variable reflectivity and transparency of glass surfaces, how this interacts with variable lighting conditions and the spatial ambiguity this combination of elements often creates.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2009 - MA Glass (Distinction), University of Sunderland, Sunderland Solo exhibitions 2009 - New Works in Architectural Glass, Electric Angel Gallery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire Group exhibitions 2010 - British Glass Biennale, International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge 2010 - North Yorkshire Open Studios, Stable Studio, Scarborough, North Yorkshire 2010 - Spring Show, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 2009 - Space and Place - Glass in Context, The Coach House Gallery, Wakefield 2009 - The Ten - MA Glass degree show, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle 2008 - New Designers, Business Design Centre, Islington, London 2005 - Drift, moving image projections, Woodend Museum, Scarborough Curated projects 2008 - Crazy, Damn Right I'm Crazy, curatorial project with young people, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull 1998 - Northern Lights, curatorial project with young people, Bluecoat Gallery - Liverpool, Ruskin Gallery - Sheffield , Cleveland Craft Centre - Middlesborough Residencies 2003 - Artist in Residence, Sita School, Bangalore, India Public commissions 2010 - 'Cherry' - glass panel in hospital lift, York Hospital, York, North Yorkshire 2009 - 'Everyone's Always Somewhere', ground based art waymarker, The Old Railway Line, Scarborough Corporate commissions 2009 - Wall panels, Saint Gobain Glass UK, Eggborough, North Yorkshire 2007 - 12 glass awards, Thundercat Racing World Championships, Scarborough Competitions, prizes and awards 2008 - Creative Industries Feasibility Study Award , Technology Strategy Board, £15,000