Rachel Bacon — News
29 Jun 24 – 25 Aug 24
Limburg Biënnale 2024

This Summer, Marres – in collaboration with Odapark, Venray – is organizing the third edition of the Limburg Biënnale: a group exhibition that connects the professional with the amateur arts. My work, Rough Cut No. 2, will be on view at Odapark, Venray, from June 29th to August 25th, 2024.

28 Jul 24 – 09 Aug 24
Soaring Gardens Artist Residency

This Summer I will take part in the Soaring Gardens Artist Residency in Laceyville, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Ora Lerman Charitable Trust. Starting work on a publication of drawings, photographs and archival material to be presented during an exhibition at the HUB – Robeson Gallery of Penn State University in 2025, the residency lasts two weeks.

11 Mar 24
What’s the Matter? research essay

My essay What’s the Matter? An Exploration of the Shared Space Between Drawing and Mining has been published by Loughborough University in the drawing and visualisation research journal TRACEY, Volume 17, No. 1 – Drawing Anthropocene, guest edited by Dr. Sarah Casey and Gerry Davies of Lancaster University.

The article can be found here.

02 Mar 23 – 02 Jun 23
What’s the Matter? | MAKE Eindhoven NL

What’s the Matter? was a period of experimentation and production at Graphic Atelier Make in Eindhoven, NL. There I experimented with large-scale screen-printed images of coal mining areas onto paper. The project included 8 day-long working sessions at the graphic studio, materials and studio time with the kind support of Stichting Stokroos.

15 Apr 23 – 07 May 23
The Automatic Self | Quartair, The Hague NL

The title The Automatic Self (and the gifted hand) indicates that drawing is manual work. This exhibition shows precisely those drawings that are on the cutting edge of controllable and uncontrollable collapse and provides insight into this field of tension. Participating artists: Rachel Bacon, Siem Beets, Ronny Delrue, Daniel Dmyszewicz, Elsa Hartjesveld, Romy Muijrers, Jorrit Paaijmans, Jeroen Paalvast and Stefanie Scholte.

Opening Saturday April 15th, 2023 at 17:00.

More information on opening times and directions here.

18 Feb 23 – 14 May 23
Deep Drawing | Drawing Centre Diepenheim | Diepenheim NL

Deep Drawing is an exhibition in Drawing Centre Diepenheim bringing together work of the three artists (Rachel Bacon, Isabell Schulte and Zakia el Abodi) that spent time at the Artist Residency in Diepenheim in 2022. Curated by Roy Voragen, the exhibition explores each artist’s relationship with place, and the work that arose as a result of the connection with the surroundings in Diepenheim.

The opening is Saturday February 18th, 2023, Drawing Centre Diepenheim, Grotestraat 17, Diepenheim, the Netherlands, from 15:00 to 17:00.

More information on opening times and directions here.

01 Nov 22
Lancaster Arts | Lancaster UK

Rachel will be giving an artist’s talk online at Lancaster Arts November 1st, 2022, 13:00 GMT. This year’s theme is Utopias and the off-branching themes of idealism, dystopias, social conditions, climate issues, imaginary places, political commentary, and whether art can create social change. All are welcome to attend online, including members of the public, the arts, the student community and beyond.

01 Sep 22 – 30 Nov 22
Drawing Centre Diepenheim | Diepenheim NL

Rachel will be artist-in-residence at Drawing Centre Diepenheim from September 1st to November 30th, 2022. The program is sponsored by the Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She will be working on a project relating her drawing  practice to damaged open-pit mining landscapes.

30 Jun 22
Ecologies of Drawing | Drawing Research Network | UK

Ecologies of Drawing: In Situ is an online exhibition selected by guest curator Sara Schneckloth. It accompanied the  series of research presentations Ecologies of Drawing, organized by the Drawing Research Network at Loughborough University, UK in the Spring of 2022.

The exhibition may be viewed here.

24 Apr 22
Troubled Waters | Dordrechts Museum | Dordrecht NL

To accompany the exhibition Troubled Waters, a mini-symposium will be held on 24 April from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Dordrechts Museum, Museumstraat 40, Dordrecht, the Netherlands. The two lectures: We and the water – the role of the cultural imagination in times of flooding and sea level rise, by Lotte Jensen, professor of Dutch literary and cultural history, Radboud University, Nijmegen; and Art and Ecology, by Alice Smits, director and curator of Zone2Source in Amsterdam, and researcher art and ecology, Rietveld Academy and VU University, Amsterdam, will be followed by a conversation with the artists and audience, moderated by Katrien Ligt.


06 Apr 22
Ecologies of Drawing: A More Than Human World | Drawing Research Network | UK

Ecologies of Drawing: Living Environments and Human Culture is the first in a series of online events organized by the Drawing Research Network  at Loughborough University investigating ecologies of drawing. Sarah Casey, Ivana Wingham and I will present papers on the interrelationships between living environments and human culture. The event will be chaired by Serena Smith, a practice-led PhD student at Loughborough University whose research explores the generative intersection between language and stone lithography.

The event is also available to watch here.

02 Apr 22 – 08 May 22
Troubled Waters | Pictura | Dordrecht NL

Troubled Waters – A Confused or Chaotic State of Affairs, from 02.04.2022 to 08.05.2022 in Drawing Society Pictura, Voorstraat 190, Dordrecht, the Netherlands, opens April 2nd, 2022 at 13:00.

What role does the artist play in times of ecological crisis? The urgency of this question and our long-term involvement with the subject brings the three artists Rachel Bacon, Suzette Bousema and Anja de Jong together in this exhibition. The opening speech will be given by Flos Wildschut at 16:00.

03 Jan 22 – 11 Feb 22
Frans Masereel Centrum | Kasterlee Belgium

At the beginning of January 2022, I start a 6 week artist residency at the printmaking center Frans Masereel Centrum, in Kasterlee Belgium, to work on the project What’s the Matter? With kind support from the Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam, NL.

10 Jun 21
Drawn to Time | Drawing Research Network | UK

Drawn to Time is an online exhibition organized by the Drawing Research Group at Loughborough University in the UK. Selected by guest curator Susan Kemenyffy, it accompanies the Drawing Research Network‘s 2021 series of research presentations on Temporal Drawing.

The exhibition may be viewed online here

20 Jan 21
AER Conversation | Banff Centre for the Arts | Banff Canada

The Art for the Environment Residency Programme (AER) offers fully funded residencies to recent UAL graduates to explore concerns that define the 21st century – biodiversity, environmental sustainability, social economy and human rights. I took part in the programme at Banff Centre for the Arts in 2017. This conversation discussing our experiences there took place between myself, Lucy Orta, artist and the founder the AER Programme, and Brandy Dahrouge, the Director of Visual Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Link to the conversation here

01 Nov 19
Drawing Research Forum | Drawing Room | London UK

At the Autumn 2019 session of Drawing Research Forum, organized by the Drawing Room in London, I presented my drawing research paper Undermining Value on the link between drawing, mining and mark-making in a time of ecological crisis. Also presenting their research on the day were: Dominique Baron-Bonarjee, Dr Tamarin Norwood and David Osbaldeston.

My essay is also available to read here