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Rachel Gadsden

Associate Artist

Visual artist working Royal Palaces and most recently the first artist in Parliament, Dada Award winner 2009, Unlimited Commission for Global Alchemy 2012

Short Biography

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.

In 1999 Rachel exhibited at the Dostoyevsky Museum, St Petersburg, Russia. “Wasteland” was awarded the Most Popular Painting Prize in the Hunting Art Competition 2003; subsequent awards have included an Arts Admin Digital Media Bursary 2004, Dada Visual Artist of the Year 2005, Shrewsbury International Painting Prize 2006, Holton Lee International Disability Arts Prize 2007, Momentum Arts Council UK and Dada-South Bursary 2009 and in 2009 Rachel was awarded the Dada Awards International Arts Award.

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 UK at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and a collaborative performance commission with choreographer Mark Smith for the Without Walls Festivals 2011, Rachel is very excited to have recently been awarded an International Unlimited London 2012 Cultural Olympiad commission to collaborate with the Bambanani Group in Khayelitsha Township, Cape Town South Africa.

Rachel has been invited to lead and present a showcase for Freedom to Create with the Bambanani Group at their annual celebration’s which is taking place in Cape Town, SA in November 2011.




I spent the first 20 years of my life living in the Middle East where the daily call to prayer inhabited my consciousness. Longing to re-hear the Mullah’s call, my creativity for Loyal Enemy draws on this poignant resonant memory and unites me with a group of dynamic artistic practitioners to explore the extraordinary story of Marmaduke Pickthall. This project has everything an artist can ever ask for.

Photo of Rachel Gadsden painting on a large upright surface