Kate is originally from Dublin but now lives and works in Co. Wexford. She graduated from the National College of Art & Design in 2000 with an honours degree in Fine Art, Sculpture.
In 2006, 2007 and 2009 she had solo exhibitions with Stone Gallery, Dublin and another with Wexford Arts Centre in 2011 entitled The Good Room. Talbot Gallery in Dublin hosted This is the Point of Contact, in 2013. She is currently developing a body of work for exhibition in Claremorris Gallery, Mayo in 2022.
Kate's work has been selected for national and international group exhibtions. She represented Ireland at Artisterium, Georgia's International Contemporary Art Exhibition in 2013 and was an invited artist at the Boyle Arts Festival 2014. She is among the artists representing Ireland in the Imago Mundi International Project.
In 2018, Kate exhibited at the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin as part of the collaborative project Concerning the Other. During this year she took part in Wexford Arts Centre's exhibition of contemporary painting entitled And Creatures Dream... . In 2019, Kate's work was accepted into the RHA Annual Exhibition and Cairde Visual, the annual group exhibition at The Model Gallery, Sligo. Her work was shown at BEEP Painting Biennial in November 2020.
Kate was short-listed for the Golden Fleece Award in 2010 and was awarded the first prize Visual Arts Bursary by Wexford County Council in 2009. She was awarded an Artlinks bursary in 2017. Her work is in the collection of The Office of Public Works, Wexford County Council, Bank of Ireland, Wicklow County Council and in private collections.
Kate also pursues a community/collaborative practice, undertaking varied projects within a community context under such programmes as Wexford County Council's Creative Communities Scheme and other programmes. She worked for seven years on Wexford Arts Centre's Insight Education Programme during which time she also participated in the Living Arts Project 2014. In 2019 Kate completed the first artist's residency in Wexford General Hospital which was funded through Creative Ireland and Wexford County Council.
Born in Wexford, Rachel Rothwell studied ceramics at the Limerick School of Art and Design, graduating in 2012. In 2013, she spent 12 months in South Korea where she was an active member of both the Daejeon Arts Collective and the Professional Artist Network Korea (PANK), exhibiting regularly around the country. From 2015-2017, she lived and worked in Montreux, Switzerland where she was secretary and resident artist at the arts association Loft A46 before completing her MFA degree at the Haute École d’Art et de Design in Geneva in 2019.
Her work focuses on the process of self-definition, exploring the external factors that influence us as we try to make sense of whom we are. She uses a variety of materials to create abstract drawings, presenting her observations without judgement.
Social engagement and public interaction are a fundamental part of her practice. Examining the how’s and why’s of living together, she creates workshops and creative tools to support discussion and exchange. She has exhibited in several locations in Ireland, Switzerland, Finland and Germany as well as South Korea.
Rachel's artwork examines how humans interact with their environment, exploring the internal and external factors that influence us as we try to make sense of who we are. Social and civic questions are key strands including the notions of community and shared space. These questions are important for citizens of all ages to consider as we move forward living on an increasingly crowded planet, with the environment an ever-more present concern as we try to understand how we can truly 'live together’. Rachel works in a variety of media, ranging from ceramics and illustration to book making, installation and storytelling workshops.