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Rachel Macmanus


Rachel Macmanus is a visual artist based in Co Clare, Ireland. Rachel works through drawing and performance. Her drawing takes the form of a community based collaborative practice which allows an ongoing exploration into the cultural and social nuances of her surroundings. Her performance practice employs endurance based tasks and repetitive action as a way to experience how it feels to be present in a space.

Rachel holds a Masters in Fine Art, Open College of the Arts (UCA) 2019 and a BA in Visual Communications, National College of Art and Design 1997


She has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally including at 126 Artist Run Gallery (Galway), glór (Co Clare), Ps2 Studios (Belfast), Revision Festival (Belfast), FIX21 Catalyst Arts (Belfast), Die Kunstschaffenden Gallery, (Linz, Austria) and Musikhuset, (Gävle, Sweden)


Recent projects include Stretched- The Art of Motherhood, group show in People Museum Limerick and Ogham, a residency with Catalyst Arts, Belfast, (March 2022). As a 2021 recipient of the Arts Council Agility Award, Rachel is currently developing a triptych of site specific durational performance art works based in West Clare. As a founding member of the Co. Clare based collective The Negative Space, she is currently painting a series of public art works in Ennis Co Clare under the PRISM public art scheme.

Website: www.rachelmacmanusart.com

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

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


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

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


September 18 2022       Live performance at Interruption/ Livestock Live,

                                       MART Gallery, Dublin  


August 2022 to date       NegativeSpace Urban Art project

                                       PRISM Public Art Scheme facilitated by Clare Arts Office


March 7 2021 to date     Creative Circles Co-facilitator hosted by glór, Ennis

                                       Initially online, now face to face meeting platform for Clare based creatives


July 1 – 17 2022             Stretched- The Art of Motherhood Group Show, People's Museum, Limerick


Nov 2021 – May 2022    Clare Arts Artist in Schools Scheme- Mural project St Annes School, Ennis


February – May 2022     BLAST Scheme- Mural Project Clonmoney, Newmarket On Fergus


February – April 2022     BLAST Scheme- Sensory Project St Senans National School, Shannon


February – May 2022     TAP Scheme - Portraiture Project Scoil Chriost Rí National school, Ennis

March 12 – 02 April        Observational Drawing as a Visual Language

                                       Online 3 Part drawing workshop for DLR Lexicon

March 26                        Pack/Unpack

                                       Durational Performance for Second Collective as part of Imagine Belfast

                                       Vault Art Studios

                                       4 - 48 Tower Street

                                       Belfast, UK

March 16 - May 17         On the 35th of May, one has to be prepared for anything

                                       Group Show


                                       Co Clare, Ireland

Feb 22 - 31 March          Ogham

                                       3 Artist Residency and Show

                                       Catalyst Arts,

                                       Belfast, UK

February 12 2022          Nobody Home (Live Performance)       

                                       Ad Spatium 

                                       Musikhuset, Gävle


November 28.                Re-Vision Performing Arts Festival

                                       Flax Project Studios

                                       Belfast, UK


November 25 to date      Project Co - Manager

                                        Hidden Truths- Behind Closed Doors

                                        Multi Media Installation 

                                        Clare Haven Services

                                        Abbey Lodge

                                        Co Clare

November 05- Jan 08.     Eggs & Butter

                                         3 Artist Show

                                         glór, Co Clare, Ireland

October 16                       FIX21 Performance Art Festival

                                         Catalyst Arts

                                         Belfast, UK

July                                   Workshop Co facilitator

                                         Limerick Youth Services

                                         Burren Outdoor Education Centre

                                         BallyVaughan, Co Clare

March 7 to June               Creative Circles Co-facilitator

                                         Online meeting platform for Co Clare based creatives

                                         Glór, Ennis


March to June 30th          Artist In Schools Scheme

                                         Knockanean National School and St Joseph’s Hospital, Ennis, Co Clare

                                         Facilitated by Clare Arts Office

April 23 - May 31              Reveal 

                                         Group Show, curated and hosted by THIS_ Gallery


March 02-20 2021            Line of Thought , PS² Belfast

                                         2 Artist drawing show (online due to restrictions)


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

                                          Group Show, (Online) 


December 1 2020             Vanishing

                                          Group Show, curated and hosted by THIS_ Gallery 

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



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


Rachel Botha interview for Ogham Residency, Catalyst Arts


Unexpected Art Surprise Sjomanskyrkan shone in the winter darkness/

Kristian Ekenberg/ 13 Feb 2022/ Gefle Dagblad

An Example of Something Inside Out,/Wasser, F/ Visual Artists’ News Sheet/ p 18/ Jan -Feb 2022 Edition