Rachel Parish

Artist in Residence

Internationally recognised artist and educator, who helps people to develop leadership fluency

Rachel is an interdisciplinary artist, theatre maker, cultural producer, educator and community organiser working across the USA and the UK.

She is the founder and Artistic Director at Firehouse Creative Productions. Before that, she was Artistic Director at both Little Five Arts Alive Festival in Atlanta and All Change Festival in London. She’s also been a visiting artist at several universities in the USA and the UK.

Her current work uses ceramics, weaving, painting and plants to create spaces for live and imagined exchange. Drawing from conceptual and social practice, she brings together complex and often divided communities – and guides them through collaborative co-creative processes.

Rachel has shown her work internationally, at venues including Tate Britain, de Young Museum, Lyric Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, Woodruff Art Centre and Standpoint Gallery, as well as public spaces.

As an Artist in Residence at Vlerick, Rachel works with the PhD and faculty communities, helping them develop leadership fluency based on multi-sensory listening practices.

Who am I?

  • Master in Fine Arts at California College of the Arts (USA) – in progress
  • Master in Performance Practices and Research at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (UK)
  • Bachelor in Drama and Theatre and Bachelor in Philosophy at University of Georgia (USA)

My expertise

  • Contemporary art
  • Theatre
  • Collaboration
  • Working across disciplines (e.g. arts and science, negotiation, or civic practice)
  • Community organising
  • Education