Latest Exhibition

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The Martyr’s Gallery, Lewes, East Sussex: Former FRESH AiR artist-in-residence Rachael Adams shares work-in-progress associated with her ongoing project The Spinney, which explores the role of the Edgeland – the often neglected wilderness where urban meets rural – and attempts to recreate the sense of wonder and freedom that accompanied stumbling upon such territory in childhood.

Exhibition: Saturdays 9, 16, 23 & 30 September 2017, 12 noon–5pm

Martyrs’ Gallery and Project Space is located in the historic Star Brewery building, which is also home to many of Lewes’s artists and craftspeople. Our main entrance is situated in a courtyard between Fisher Street and Castle Ditch Lane, which is accessed from the passageway opposite the Lamb pub in Fisher Street; from Pope’s Passage alongside the Rights of Man pub in the High Street; or from Mount Place or Castle Precinct, past the Lewes Arms pub.

Rachael Adams lives and works on the fringes of Brighton, East Sussex, UK. She is a fine-artist whose work is primarily painting, yet also encompasses photography, text and printed-matter. She is also a designer and publisher, working predominantly (and collaboratively) with writers and other artists.

Her recent paintings explore visual conventions of the landscape that convey recalled anticipated events, describing that formation in the landscape where the visible and the anticipated overlap, collide or conflict. Her work goes to the heart of recent debates about true and false memories and in the psycho-geographical interpretations of the environment, in particular the liminal.


Arcadia: Rule Three

2015, Triptych, 12ft x 5ft, Acrylic on canvas

Rachael Adams, Arcadia: Rule Three, acrylic on canvas, 12ft x 5ft.


Exhibitions and Shows

2017 The Spinney: Landscapes of the Edgeland, The Martyr’s Gallery, Lewes
Sussex Modernists and Transformations in the Twentieth-Century Landscape Conference presentation, Sussex University
Slippery Fish, DC1 Gallery, Eastbourne
2016 The Spinney, Woodingdean, Brighton, supported by the Arts Council
East Sussex Open, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
Fresh Air: The Hop Gallery, Lewes
2014 Stories they were yet to hear: Hammerson’s, 10 Grosvenor Street, London
2013 Wintergarden: Transition Gallery, Homerton High Street, Hackney
East Sussex Open, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
2012 Longlist John Moores Painting Prize
Fourteen Paintings: Solo Show, Hammerson’s Emerging Artist Initiative,
The Former Stock Exchange, 125 Old Broad Street, London
On The Map: Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Hastings
2010 National Open: Chichester
Longlist Jerwood Fellowship
2004 History & Preservation of St Pancras Station, animated film,
commissioned by Channel Tunnel Rail Link Consortium


Written, designed and published by Rachael Adams
2017 The Scrutineer Squib: A Prospect of Arcadia
2016 The Scrutineer Squib: The Spinney
2016 The Scrutineer Squib: The Privileged View
2015 The Scrutineer Squib: The Emerging Arcadian
2013 The Bigger Picture: Work of Fiction
1998 Film Map for Scrutineers

Art Education

1995-1996 MA Sequential Art, University of Brighton
1993-1995 Postgraduate Diploma Narrative Art/Editorial Design, University of Brighton
1983-1986 BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting), Brighton Polytechnic
1981-1983 DATEC Diploma in Foundation Studies, Amersham College of Art and Design