Rachel Gadsden has a BA and MA in Fine Art and is a contemporary British visual artist, who exhibits internationally and works across mainstream and disability art sectors. Rachel’s artistic methodology is expressionistic, energetic and raw, echoing the deepest motivations of what it is to be human.
A recipient of many art awards, in 2007-2008 Rachel was appointed Historic Royal Palaces first contemporary Artist in Residence at Hampton Court Palace, and in March 2009 was also appointed the first artist to work with Parliamentary Outreach for the Breaking Barriers Project and Exhibition and the Rethink Parliament National Project and Exhibition 2009-2010.
Recent commissions include the creation of artworks for the Beijing- London Paralympics Handover Ceremony for Wheelpower UKat Stoke Mandeville Stadium and a collaborative performance commission with choreographer Mark Smith for the Without Walls Festivals 2011.
In Jan 2011 Rachel was awarded an International Unlimited London 2012 Cultural Olympiad commission, receiving awards in Round 2 + 3 in the Unlimited Awards, to create Unlimited Global Alchemy with the Bambanani Group of Khayelitsha Township Cape Town, and recently returned from a 6 week residency in Cape Town. The commission will culminate in Exhibitions at MAA, Cambridge Liverpool and at the South Bank, London.