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Rachel Doolin is a visual artist, arts facilitator and project designer based in the South of Ireland. Doolin’s multidisciplinary practice merges art, experimentation and ecology to create work that is inextricably linked to material research, driven by a desire to test the parameters of materiality, media and the criticality of issue-based practice. Her work is thematically underpinned by a passion to explore the multifaceted dualities and dichotomies that surround materiality, habitation and the environment. By employing a methodology of making that she describes as ‘simple complexity’, Doolin gathers, manipulates and combines various media to actualise thought provoking eco-poetic installations. She frequently incorporates gathered or discarded matter into the creation of her work, responding instinctively to explore its materiality on an aesthetic, intellectual and visceral level. Doolin further explores origin materials through alchemical techniques, creating her own biodegradable polymers and experimenting with crystallisation processes.  Her sculptural and installation-based works are simultaneously delicate and complex aggregations that pertain to the vulnerability and persistence, fragility and tenacity of biological life in the Anthropocene.

Doolin graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art & Design in 2015, receiving several graduate awards including the RDS Taylor Art Prize for her degree show installation Promethean Illusions. She has since pursued her practice with great energy and ambition, her multifaceted oeuvre including exhibition works, public artworks and socially engaged projects. Doolin’s practice is rooted in collaboration and she frequently works with artists, NGO’s as well as community and professional organisations in the realisation of her projects.

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Doolin’s awards include:

Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Project Award 2022

DLR Visual Art Commission 2021 

Cork City Council Project Award 2020 

The Tree of Life, BioMarin Commission 2020 

LHQ Gallery Exhibition Award 2020

Creative Ireland & the Department of  Children and Youth Affairs Art Project Bursary 2019 

Gilead Sciences Percent for Art Commission 2018 

Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Bursary Award 2017 

Valery Gleeson Development Bursary 2016 

Taylor Art Award 2015

The Undergraduate Awards 2015 

National Sculpture Factory Graduate Residency Award 2015 

Honourable Mention, the London Creative Awards 2015.


Recent & Upcoming exhibitions include:

Parklife: Biodiversity in Contemporary Irish Art 2022

HEIRLOOM/SEEDCLOUD, Lexicon Gallery(2022) 

ROOTS, Project Earth, The Organic Centre 2020

NEW ERA – Artists Exploring Climate Change, Solstice Arts Centre (2020)

CONNECTED, Kilkenny Sculpture Trail (2020)

Spareroom Project- Art, Architecture, Activism (2019) 

The Fragility of Things, Installation, Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre (2019)

Voice of the Sea, Port of Cork (2019)

Silvered, Solo Show, Doswell Gallery (2018)

Terra Incognita, group show, Skibbereen Arts Festival, (2018)

Locales, Doswell Gallery (2017)

Doolin’s work has been purchased and commissioned by both private and public collectors, and continues to be generously supported through various funding initiatives made available by local and national arts advocates and organisations:

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