Rachel O’Neill is lecturer of Visual Performance at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As a graduate from Glasgow School of Art Rachel is interested in how the sensibilities of contemporary visual art practice can be active within performance; and how this process can inform the construction of the visual and experiential language within performance.
Rachel has been devising and designing performance with contemporary performance makers for the last six years. Namely, through her long-term collaborative partnership with Glasgow-based Glas(s) Performance. Recent performances include Generation, Tramway (2011) and the critically acclaimed Hand Me Down (2012, 2010). Other performance work has included projects with The National Theatre of Scotland, Visible Fictions and Junction 25 theatre companies.
As well as Rachel’s collaborative role as visual artist within devised performance, she is specialist in the field of socially engaged arts practice. In the last seven years she has created work in different forms in many different contexts including a place-specific performance on a football pitch in Barrhead, Glasgow; a residency in Barrhead Sanitary Ware factory, Glasgow and a place-specific public artwork in the form of a book, which now resides in The British Library. In 2003 she co-founded visual art organisation ART ABOUT which makes work within communities and in collaboration with people. Through ART ABOUT Rachel has created projects including large-scale site-specific installations, exhibitions, one-off events and publications.