Rachel Forster - The Open College of the Arts

Rachel Forster

I have over ten years of experience in facilitating creative projects in a number of community and formal education settings as an artist, researcher and teacher. I studied BA Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University and was awarded an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award from the University of Leeds.

A large amount of my career, to date, has centred around the significant role the arts can play in supporting the rehabilitation of prisoners, particularly those serving long sentences. While this is still a considerable area of importance to me, I have increasingly become interested in what motivates individuals to engage in creative activity, and the immense benefits that can be gleaned when those activities are carried out as part of a group or team. In my own creative practice the act of competing in the Manchester Art Battle in 2017, cemented this belief and has driven me to look for opportunities beyond what I would normally consider. I currently have a number of research interests which further inform my own creative practice. These include, exploring collaborative approaches to developing visual art, as a method of improving wellbeing amongst artist participants and their community. In addition, I have interested in exploring the effect visual art objects have on space, both the space they are created in and the space they are exhibited in. Within my own practical work, I aim to capture movement through mark making methods, whether using traditional drawing media or paint.

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