Rachel Cooke

Rachel lives in the north west of England and spent more than 20 years working in arts for health before moving on to private teaching and focusing on her own art practice.

She taught Therapeutic Arts as part of a team of artists working in the NHS, providing therapeutic art activities for people living with severe mental health problems, enabling individuals to use the confidence and skills gained through exploration of creative activities and art to improve their wellbeing in everyday life. Through this role and as an individual she has exhibited widely throughout North West at Manchester Art Gallery, Peoples History Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, Norton Priory Museum and Shire Hall Gallery Stafford.

Since her art degree she has enjoyed working with a range of materials, using ceramics, collage, assemblage and painting before finding her niche in mixed media and she has spent the last 14 years developing her work.

In 2017 Rachel set up own teaching Studio and now divides her time between teaching and working towards craft shows and starting to show through Galleries.

Rachel makes wall hung and wearable pieces using a range of found material, her own handmade and salvaged ceramic pieces and vintage and industrial tiles. She enjoys working intuitively, finding inspiration in her combination of materials. She enjoys the element of discovery and the possibilities presented by the materials. She says that most pieces are a kind of remembered and imagined interpretation of the landscape, abstracted and flattened where recurring visual themes of horizontals, verticals and spheres pop up, suggestive of manmade settlements, natural forms; the coast, the sea, ancient remains.

Working in much the same way, she is also drawn to mid-century design which inspires her to create still life pieces or groups on quite a small scale.

Rachel was co-founder and is one of the organisers of her local arts trail – Heatons Arts Trail – now in its 7th year.

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