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Rachel Emily Taylor

Rachel Emily Taylor

Phone 0114 225 6743


The daughter of a porcelain doll-maker, I was born in Australia before moving with my family to Ghana, and then again to the North Yorkshire Moors.

After completing a BA degree at University of the Arts London, I went on to study for a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art, during which I was awarded the Peter Gordon Pickard Award which allowed me to travel to Rome. Upon obtaining my MA – and after working as an artist and Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts London – I began my PhD. AHRC studentship with the Heritage Consortium based at Sheffield Hallam University.

I have exhibited across the UK: at the Rag Factory in London, The Old Joint Stock in Birmingham, Bank Street Arts in Sheffield and the Egg Suite in Manchester, amongst others. I have undertaken artist residencies in Malta, New York and Belgium. I have been funded by the British Council to be exhibited internationally and I was awarded an ‘Individual Grant for the Arts’ from the Arts Council in 2015.

Alongside exhibiting, I have fostered a close relationship with Museums. I have facilitated workshops and performed as a live artist at the Wellcome Collection, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Design Museum. As part of my PhD research, I will be undertaking artist residencies at the Museum of Witchcraft and the Foundling Museum.

My art practice is not medium-specific, but my art has to date has used drawing, scriptwriting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and the artist’s book. In my Ph.D. research, I will be using my art practice to explore if an adult can illuminate the child’s voice, and I will be working with the Foundling Museum and the Ragged School Museum.


Research Degree Project: Heritage as Process: Constructing the Historical Child’s Voice Through Art Practice

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