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Rachel Macmanus


Rachel Macmanus is an artist living and working in Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland. Her practice is drawing and live art based. Her drawing practice is community-based portraiture, affording a relationship with the locality. Her live work focuses on endurance, repetition and physicality. "I am interested in the everyday minutiae of living, and how people inhabit the earth, by which I mean how they move, take up a space and form habits." She returned to art as an occupation when she commenced her Masters Study in 2016. Prior to this she obtained a BA in Visual Communication from NCAD, then worked in the fitness industry. 

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


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

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

Work and Events

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 

July/August 2020             Digital Drawing Collaborative Project

                                               Online collaborative project with 25 artists

March 2020                         Clare Kids Art Competition

                                               Art Competition for Primary School age children in Co Clare schools

                                               Responsible for creation to completion of project.

                                               glór, Ennis, Co Clare are reopening in September  2020 with a show of this competition work


March/April  2020             I Need To Be Ready Performance series, 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, Artist in Residence, St Josephs                                                        Hospital, Ennis.)

                                                glór, Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland.                                                                                                                                                    



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

                                               The Civic, Barnsley, UK



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



Contact Me

Rachel Macmanus

Email : rackmack@gmail.com



@2016 by Rachel McManus.

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