Rachel Goodyear studied in Leeds before moving to Manchester, where she is based at Islington Mill studios. She specialises in drawing, predominantly works on paper, and expands her work into collage, animation and sculptural installation.
Through her work, Goodyear explores notions of the uncanny, fragmented or false memories, the unconscious and elements of fear and desire. Recently she has been working with found images ― often historical cuttings and anonymous portraits ― from which she extracts figures and re-imagines their stories in dream-like and sometimes unsettling worlds.
Goodyear’s most recent solo exhibition was Catching Sight at The New Art Gallery Walsall (2017). She has exhibited regularly in the UK and abroad, including shows at Drawing Center (New York), Freud Museum (London), Folkwang Museum (Essen), Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Wakefield) and in the Curitiba Biennial in Brazil. She is represented by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London.
The venue for this talk is Lecture Theatre F (G.74), Chemistry West Block, University of Leeds. Directions to the venue can be found online here.
The VAT series hosts talks by an exciting range of arts practitioners from around the world every Monday afternoon 14:00 to 15:30 during teaching weeks.
All of our talks are compulsory for all Fine Art students but open to anyone else who would like to join us.
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Image: Film still ― Rachel Goodyear, Oracles (2017). Hand-drawn animated film. Courtesy the artist.