Based in Co Clare, Ireland, Rachel works through drawing, painting and performance.

Rachel holds a Masters in Fine Art, Open College of the Arts (UCA) 2019 and a BA in Visual Communications, National College of Art and Design 1997

She has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally at Milford House Tipperary, Mart Gallery Dublin, 126 Artist Run Gallery (Galway), glór (Co Clare), Ps2 Studios (Belfast), Revision Festival (Belfast), FIX21 Catalyst Arts (Belfast), Die Kunstschaffenden Gallery, (Linz, Austria) and Musikhuset, (Gävle, Sweden).

Rachel has co-facilitated Creative Circles, a monthly meeting space for Clare based Creatives, since 2021. She is a founding member of the Co. Clare based art collective The Negative Space, who have been painting public art works in Co Clare since 2022. In 2023 Rachel founded Here and Now; a performance art collective based in Co Clare, and is currently facilitating p(art)y Here and Now- a monthly participatory performance art event in Ennis. Co Clare. Rachel is a member of BBeyond Live, Performance Art Bergen and LiveArt Ireland.

Upcoming events include Ringfenced, a solo show of new paintings and live performance for Mountshannon Arts festival, Clare. Here and Now will produce a mini performance festival planned for August 2024 in Clare, Ireland.

Artists Statement

Rachel Macmanus Artist Statement

My practice mostly involves drawing, in different modalities, and performance art. Each of these informs the other.

My performative practice addresses themes around physical and mental endurance and repetitive actions and is strongly influenced by my previous life as a fitness professional.

I am interested in how we relate to our own bodies, how they serve us and what we perceive ourselves to be physically capable of. With this in mind, I use movement as a way to experience extremes, from endorphin based joy to exhaustion induced pain. I have a phobia of losing my hard won strength and also of wasting time- so I make lists of jobs each day to be done and workouts to be completed. This has bled into my practice, my performative actions serve as a mechanism to spend the time ‘usefully’. The idea of ‘usefulness’ is rooted in social context and is also interrogated in the work.

My body is my tool- for as long as I have one I will use it to push, pull and keep going making work. The endurance mindset that my years of physical training have afforded me is what really colours my work.

My drawing practice is currently informing the site specific public artworks I started painting through the Art Collective I founded in 2022 on walls and electrical cabinet boxes in County Clare. My goal with these works is to create pieces in unassuming places that can be encountered and interacted with by the public, in a hopefully positive way.


Curriculum Vitae




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Masters in Fine Art, Open College of the Arts (UCA) 2019

BA in Visual Communications, National College of Art and Design 1997

Selected Performance Works

May 25th

Ringfenced, Live performance and exhibition of paintings for Mountshannon Arts Festival, The Old Schoolhouse, Scarriff Co Clare

May 16th 2024

Cerberus, live performance with Deej Fabyc and Olivia Hassett, Live Art Ireland, Tipperary

February 4th 2024

Becoming Tree Workshop and Live Performance, Live Art Ireland, Tipperary

February 3rd 2024 to date

p(art)y Here and Now (monthly participatory live performance event) Breakthrough Dance, Ennis

October 27 2023

Here and Now Performance Event, glór, Ennis

September 22 2023

HUNG, Culture Night- Live Art Ireland. Milford House, Tipperary

August 30 2023

Together Elsewhere Performance Art Bergen online Performance event

August 25-26 2023

Bbeyond Live Intensive Residency with Sandra Johnston, Portadown, NI

April 11-14

La Pocha Nostra Workshop Intensive, Live Art Ireland, Milford House, Tipperary

March 4 2023

Eat Your Words an interactive performance for Ennis Book Club Festival, held in glór, Ennis Co Clare

November 28 2022

‘Dusk’ durational performance, Wolfgangsee Lake, St Gilgen, Austria

November 26 2022

‘RUB’, performance for Re-Vision Festival, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

October 2022 2022

BBeyond Monthly Performance, Earth Rising Festival, IMMA

September 18 2022

Suspension performance for Interruption, Livestock Live, MART Gallery, Dublin

March 26 2022

Pack/Unpack Performance for Second Collective/ Imagine Belfast, Vault Art Studios, Belfast

February 12 2022

Nobody Home Performance for Ad Spatium Art Event/ Musikhuset, Gävle, Sweden

November 28 2021

‘Going on a bit’. Performance for Re-Vision Festival, Flax Art Project Studios, Belfast

October 16

Chop Chop Performance for FIX21 Performance Art Festival, Catalyst Arts, Belfast

April 23 – May 31 2021

Daily Affirmations Reveal Group Show, (Online) THIS_ Gallery

January 15 2021

Dancing at the quarry R-A-W BBeyondLive Group Show (Online)

December 1 2020

Aon, Dó (performance to camera) Vanishing Group Show, (Online) THIS_ Gallery

September 26 2020.

Working Through Feelings Performance for Revision Performing Arts Festival, Belfast

March – June 2020

I Need To Be Ready Self initiated durational performance art series

Tasks 1-5: Burren National Park, Co Clare, 27/03/2020:

Tasks 6-10: Our Lady’s Hospital, Ennis, 30/04/2020

Tasks 11-15: Ballybeg Woods, Ennis, 19/06/2020

30 January 2020

EVIL Collective live performance, Tactic Gallery, Plug’d, Cork

16 December 2019

Pack, Unpack Live 4 hour Public Performance Shannon Airport, Shannon, Co Clare

05 October 2019

Night Crawl Live Durational Public Performance, Ennis, Co Clare

26 September 2019

Evil Collective live performance, Pharmacia Bar, Limerick


May 2024

Illustration workshops, Broadford Kilbane National School

July to August 2023

Here and Now Performance Workshops, glór, Ennis, Co Clare

November 27-28 2022

Performance Workshops, St Gilgen International School, St Gilgen, Austria

23 Sep – 9 December2022

Friday Arts Club Co-facilitator Weekly meeting group for older creative people

March 7 2021 to date

Creative Circles Co-facilitator. Meeting platform for Clare based creatives, glór, Ennis.

March 12 – 02 April

Observational Drawing as a Visual Language Online drawing workshops for DLR Lexicon

July 01- 29

Workshop Co-facilitator Limerick Youth Services Burren Outdoor Centre, Co Clare

01 November 2019

First Friday Artists Talk glór, Ennis, Co Clare


November to date

Community Shapers Portrait Project by Negative Space

12 portraits painted on Electrical boxes, Ennis, Co Clare in assoc with Clare Arts Office and Clare County Council.

4 -8 August 2023

Neart- The Art of Motherhood Group Show, The Old Schoolhouse, Scarrif, Co Clare

August 2022 to date

Negative Space public art program

July 1 – 17 2022

Stretched- The Art of Motherhood Group Show, People’s Museum, Limerick

March 16 – May 17 2022

On the 35th of May, one has to be prepared for anything Group Show, glór, Co Clare

February 22 – 31 March 2022

Ogham 3 Artist Residency, Show and live performance, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, UK

November 25 – Jan 15 2021/22

Co Project Manager and Creator Hidden Truths- Behind Closed Doors

Multi Media Installation for Clare Haven Domestic Violence Services

November 05 – Jan 08 2021/22

Eggs & Butter 3 Artist Show curated by Moran Been Noon, Glór, Co Clare, Ireland

March 02-20 2021

Line of Thought Drawing Show. 2 Artist Show, PS² Belfast, UK

October 15- 25 2020.

Business as Usual Group Show, Making Space, Bow Street Mall, Lisburn

October 6 – 28 2020.

In Dialogue With The Unknown. Group show, Die Kunstschaffenden Gallery, Linz, Austria

Sep 1- Oct 3

Lockdown Through A Young Lens Curator; Lockdown Through A Young Lens, glór, Ennis

July/August 2020

Digital Drawing Collaborative Project (self-initiated online participatory drawing project)

23 March 2020

Clare Kids Art Competition Creator and manager Primary School Art Competition

10-24 January 2020

Mind Breath Beat (a 3 artist collaborative show) 126 Artist Run Gallery, Co Galway

28/29 Sep 2019

FIX19 members Film Program (3 film works screened) Catalyst Art, Belfast, UK

20 September 2019

Culture Night Film screening [2 film works screened) glór, Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland.

25/26th June 2019

The Circle of Life (Collaborative Multi Media Project) glór, Ennis, Co Clare

15 – 29 June 2019

Duodecimal OCA MA Degree Show, The Civic, Barnsley, UK

Residencies/ Collectives/ Funding

October – Dec 2023- Grass and Soil Residency, Live Art Ireland, Milford House, Tiperrary.

July August 2023- Artist Carer Residency with Paragon Studios, Belfast

May 2022 Clare-based artist-mother collective member

Jan 2022 Negative Space Collective founding member

August 2023 PRISM Street Art Award (Negative Space Collective)

July 2022 PRISM Street Art Award (Negative Space Collective)

November 2021 Agility Award Round 3

February 2020 Creative Ireland Funding

February 2019 Creative Ireland Funding


Jan – Feb 2024

Performance art workshops x 4- Connolly National School, Connolly, Co Clare

Jan May 2023

BLAST Scheme Self Portrait Project, 6th Class, ClareCastle National School, Clarecastle, Co Clare

Jan – May 2023

BLAST Scheme Mural project, St Annes School Ennis

Jan – May 2023

BLAST Scheme Mural project, Scoil Chriost Rí, ENnis

Nov 2021 – May 2022

Artist in Schools Scheme- Mural project St Annes School, Ennis

February – May 2022

BLAST Scheme- Mural Project Clonmoney, Newmarket On Fergus

February – April 2022

BLAST Scheme- Sensory Project St Senan’s National School, Shannon

February – May 2022

TAP Scheme – Portraiture Project Scoil Chriost Rí National school, Ennis

​July 01-05 2021

TAP Online Course Teacher Artist Partnership Training Certification

March – June 30 2021

Artist in Schools Scheme Pen Pal Life Exchange Project Knockanean National School and St Joseph’s Hospital, Co Clare


Member Profile- Do It Yourself. VAI Newsheet Issue 4 July – August 2004

On Rejection- Article. VAI Newsheet Issue 3 May – June 2004

Video documentary on Negative space urban art works 2022

Article on Negative Space collective 2022

Interview by Rachel Botha for Ogham, Catalyst Arts, March 2022

VAI Newsheet Review of FIX21 by Frank Wasser

VAI Newsheet Issue 1 January February 2022 p18: An Example of Something Inside Out- Frank Wasser reports on FIX21 as both a performer and observer

Essay on Re-Vision 2021 by Michaela Nash

Irish Arts Review Review of Eggs & Butter 2021

Irish Arts Review, Edition 4 (October to December 2021) Eggs & Butter review

Article on Hidden Truths Installation 2022

Blog on Conversations With Myself by Annie Macmanus

Bronagh Lawson on line of Thought, Belfast Media 2021

Critical Moss — Art beyond the Bubble, Aldo Branti, 2019

Article on Living Portraits, Arts and Health 2019

MA Degree Show review 2019