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Rachel Macmanus


Rachel Macmanus is a visual artist based in Co Clare, Ireland.

Rachel has a BA in Visual Communications from National College of Art and Design, Dublin and MA in Fine Art from Open College of The Arts, UK. Rachel has exhibited nationally and internationally including at 126 Artist Run Gallery, Galway, Ps2 Studios, Belfast and Die Kunstschaffenden Gallery, Linz, Austria. Pandemic Era online shows include R-A-W Exhibition, by BBeyondLive and Reveal and Vanishing with THIS_ Gallery.

Her practice has two areas of focus- drawing and performance art. Her drawing practice focuses at present on community based collaborative projects and an ongoing exploration into her environment and social nuances of her surroundings.

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.

Previously to 2016 Rachel worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and instructor trainer and gym manager. This period continues to inform her current performative practice heavily.


”I use the skillset I accumulated during my time as a fitness instructor to continue to use the body as a tool to produce, but with a contextually different goal.

I am endlessly exploring our personal relationship with our body and our body’s physical ability. So, 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 is currently developing a series of site specific durational performances, co-creating a multimedia installation for a Local Domestic Abuse Services Centre, and preparing for an upcoming group show. 

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


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