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Rachel Macmanus

Biography

Rachel Macmanus is an artist living and working in Co Clare, Ireland. Her practice has two intertwined areas of focus- drawing and performance art. Her drawing practice focuses at present on community-based site specific work, depicting the human form and exploratory mark making.

Her performative practice addresses themes around endurance, repetition and physicality. Recent works apply a methodology of using physical action as a form of relief from anxiety and stress. “I am interested in how our personal relationship with our body and our body’s physical ability, what we are physically capable of, can change as we age. I employ my body as a tool to make work. I don’t underestimate my body’s ability to carry out physical actions. I use physical movement as a way to experience extremes, from endorphin based joy to exhaustion induced pain.

 

Rachel has a BA in Visual Communications from NCAD Dublin and an MA in Fine Art from OCA, UK.

 

Website: www.rachelmacmanusart.com

Blog: https://anmucdubh.wordpress.com/

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/rackmac/

Education

Masters in Fine Art, Open College of the Arts (UCA) 2019

BA in Visual Communications, National College of Art and Design 1997

Work 

March 02-20 2021            Line of Thought, PS² Belfast

                                         Group Show (online due to restrictions)

                                         https://www.pssquared.org/projects/line-of-thought

January 15 2021               R-A-W Exhibition, curated and hosted by BBeyondLive

                                          Group Show (Online) 

                                          https://vimeo.com/bbeyond

December 1 2020             Vanishing

                                          Group Show, (Online) curated and hosted by THIS_ Gallery 

                                          https://thisgallery.org/

October 15 - 25 2020        Business as Usual

                                          Group Show, Making Space Gallery, Bow Street Mall, Lisburn, NI

October 6 - 28 2020.         In Dialogue With The Unknown.

                                          Group show, Die Kunstschaffenden Gallery, Linz, Austria

September 26 2020.         Revision Festival, Belfast

                                          Working Through Feelings. Durational live performance 

Sep 01 - Oct 3 2020          Lockdown Through A young Lens. 

                                          Clare Kids Art Competition curated by Rachel Macmanus

                                          glór, Co Clare, Ireland.

July/August 2020               Digital Graffitti Collaborative Project

                                          Online collaborative project with 25 artists

March - May 2020              Clare Kids Art Competition

                                           Art Competition for Primary School age children in Co Clare schools

                                           Responsible for creation to completion of project.

                                      

March/April/June 2020       I Need To Be Ready Performance series 

                                           Ballybeg Woods, Burren National Park, Our Ladys Hospital, Ennis. 

January 30 2020                Performance with Evil Collective, Plug'd, Cork

January 10 - 24 2020         Mind Breath Beat Group Show, 126 Artist Run Gallery, Galway, Co Galway

 

December 19 2019             Pack, Unpack. Durational Public Performance. Shannon Airport, Co Clare​

November 01 2019             First Friday Artists talk. glór, Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland

 

October 05 2019                 Night Crawl. Durational Public Performance,  Ennis, Co Clare

 

28/29 September 2019       FIX19, members Film Program. Catalyst Arts, Belfast. 3 works screened

                                                      

September 26 2019            Performance with Evil Collective for Evil IV, Pharmacia Bar, Limerick

 

September 20 2019            Culture Night screening of two works ‘Pushing Through’, ‘Tyre Flip- Ode to Sisyphus’ glór, Ennis, Co Clare, 

 

June 2019                           The Circle of Life 

                                            Collaborative Multimedia Project with Eleanor Feeley

                                            glór, Co Clare, Ireland.                                                                                                                                                                                                

June 2019                            Duodecimal. Open College of the Arts Masters Degree Show

                                             The Civic, Barnsley, UK

                                             www.duodecimalart.net

 

May – November 2019         Living Portraits

                                             Portrait Collection in association with Bealtaine 2019

                                             glór, Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland.

 

November 2018                    St Josephs Portraiture Project

                                              Portrait Collection of Hospital Residents.

                                              On permanent display in St Josephs Hospital, Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland.

                                                      

June - October 2018             Poor Clare’s Portrait Project

                                              Drawn portraits of the sisters of The Poor Clare’s Monastery

                                              Ennis Friary, Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland

May 2017                               No Ordinary People

                                               Portraits of residents of Drumbiggle Nursing Home, Ennis

October 2017                         Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee Co Clare, Ireland

July 2017                               Scarriff Library, Co Clare, Ireland

May 2017                               Clare Museum, Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland

Media:

https://belfastmedia.com/arts-round-up-global-lessons-in-power-of-dance-to-move-mindsets#.YGH62tAHO7s.gmail

                                                  

https://issuu.com/aldobrantifosco-fornio/docs/cm_60pp_composite

 
 

@2016 by Rachel McManus.

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