Rachael Field.

( b 1965 )


Personal Statement.

Since 2006 I have returned to a solo practice focussing on painting whilst also building a strong collaborative presence in Queer activism. Prior to this I was creative director of “doo cot” a multi media performance company that I co founded in 1986 and jointly ran until its demise in 2006.


Mentorship. Access Support from Arts Council. May to July 2023

Awarded Castlefield Associate status. December 2022

Mentorship. Bolder+ scheme by Castlefield Gallery. 2021/2022

PGDE in Post Compulsory Education. Bolton University. 2009.

MSc. Electronic Imaging. Distinction. Dundee University. 2003.

BA Hons. Fine Arts. IIi. Manchester Metropolitan University. 1986.

Exhibitions, installations and live art.

Rachael Field Solo Show - Artfulness Virtual Gallery 3rd NOV - 3rd Dec

FAT OUT - a solo show at Islington Mill, 22nd - 24th September

Pool Arts Take Over - group show at Victoria Baths, exhibited Bollox art and new Queer Icons

NSFW - a group show at Smolensky Gallery, 24th Aug and ongoing

Unapologetic Self - group show at Islington Mill, 24th Aug to 31st Aug

Rawnsley Garden - garden design project for the mental health team in the MRI, June and ongoing

Queer Icons - part of group show for Chorlton Arts Festival at Barlow Hall, May 20th and 21st

Proud Hearts at Carlton Club for Pride on the Range, 18th April to 18th May

You Ought To Be Hosed Down - commissioned by Victoria Baths, 15th and 16th April

A Tall Order at Touchstones Rochdale Art Gallery Feb to May 2023

Open Studio - Pool Arts - December 2022

Pool Arts @ HOME. Manchester. July-Sept 2022

Live art for British Art Show curated by short supply July 2022

Joining POOL arts June 2022

Genius of Love - solo show for Chorlton Arts Festival April 2022

Bollox one off event - Manchester. March 2022

Exhibition cabinet in Afflecks Palace 2018 - 2020

Bollox - Miss Field’s Painting Parlour - social art - portraits and making art with club goers. Venues: Star and Garter/Bangkok Bar and Grill/Deaf Institute 2016-2020 Wuthering Nights and Electro Pop Curious - Kate Bush events 2014-15 Cha Cha Boudoir - Seven Sins - Manchester. Toilet cubicle installations 2013 - 2020

Tranarchy - puppets for performance at Cha Cha Boudoir 2012

Contact - painting and drawing Manchester’s Drag Stars 2011

The Penthouse - curated by Rosanne Robertson/Elv Sharp - various Pride exhibitions: live painting, street drawing, panoramic photography of club nights, rainbow smoke and installation of dolls representing child abuse ‘Dead Baby’ Homocult - Pride Parade and Art Game Sessions/ 2008-2014

Fifth Floor - group show, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, 2008.

Shark’s Honeymoon – solo exhibition at the greenroom, Manchester, 2007.

For John Peel – group show, Nomoregrey, Shoreditch, 2006.

Doo commentary a retrospective, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool,2001.

Architects of Fantasy, group show at Theatre Museum, Covent Garden, 1999 – 2000.

Glasgay, group show in Glasgow, 1995.

Doocotmentary, with Nenagh Watson, exhibited at Horsham Arts Centre. 1993.

Dancing Partner, a solo exhibition at The Old Bull Arts Centre, 1993. Demon Disco, a painted installation with soundtrack, at the Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast, 1994.

Crafts in Performance an exhibition selected by The Crafts Council and touring (1992 until 1994).

Museum Of Their Encounter – exhibition of crossovers and collisions, with Nenagh Watson, 1993.

Whalley Range, a solo exhibition at Bildwechsel in Hamburg, 1991. Second Coming, a mixed exhibition at South London Art Gallery, 1992 celebrating the gallery's anniversary.

Images of Women, Leeds City Art Gallery, a mixed exhibition of historical and contemporary art, 1990.

The Wedding, a mixed exhibition of historical and contemporary artists work, touring: The Mappin, Sheffield; Castle Museum, Nottingham: City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent: City Art Gallery, Edinburgh; Oldham Art Gallery, 1989 – 1990

An exhibition of work by women from the Women Artists Slide Library at The Kings Manor Gallery, York, 1989

Along The Lines Of Resistance, a touring exhibition of contemporary feminist art: Cooper Gallery, Barnsley; Rochdale Art Gallery; The Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham; Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury; Citizen's Gallery, Greenwich and South London Art Gallery, 1988 - 1990

Third Sex, a solo exhibition for International Women's Week, The Pankhurst Centre, Manchester. Supported by North West Arts, 1989.

Degenerate Icons, a solo show at The Green Room, Manchester, 1988. Exploration and Explosion, a joint exhibition at The Old Fire Station Art Centre, Oxford, 1987


Press The Red Button - previewed on 23rd May 2007 - devised by Rachael Field in collaboration with Jonathan Mayor.

Fold Your Own - an intimate interactive performance event - devised by Rachael Field, mentored by Bush Hartshorn - 2005-07

Golem - create me not, seventh major touring production - devised by Nenagh Watson - first tour directed by Faynia Williams - second tour directed by Mark Civil, 2003/04. Christmas Box - 24 hour online performance - Christmas Day 2001 Life<on>Line - digital creation of life, and a mobile phone opera - sixth major touring production Dramaturge Bush Hartshorn, 2000/01

Frankenstein: the final blasphemy – "warning do not enter the postmortem room without protective clothing", fifth major touring production, collaboration with Emilyn Claid, 1999/2000.

Ultra Violet – written and directed by Anna Furse, fourth major nationally touring production, 1997/8.

Peacock – a stolen true story, second major nationally touring production, 1994/5.

House – stories from one house in the private rented sector told in shadow, performance/installation, 1994.

Still Life – if you believe a puppet can live, it can die, performance installation, 1994.

Cages – the illusion of freedom just out of reach, first major nationally touring production, 1992.

Other Shadows – autobiographical shadow performance, 1991.

Discarded Memories – Nothing is lost but it changes,



Talk given at British Arts Journal Jan 17th for future publication.

Co-author with Nenagh Watson, online diary of research trip to Japan, 2004 MSc dissertation online, 2002 Title?

Co-author with Nenagh Watson, paper, ‘The Rage of the Painter’, international symposium on the theatre of Tadeusz Kantor, Consortium of European Performance and Theatre Studies, Krakow, Poland, 1999

Deviser, ODD if you Dare, ‘script’ published in Bairaitser, M ed. ‘Theatre of

Animation: Contemporary Adult Puppet Plays’ (Vol. 1), Contemporary Theatre Review, 1999

Author Emma Donoghue request my painting ‘Whale’ for her Penguin published book Hood, 1996.

Performance. Edited by Charlie Spence with Paul Heritage. ISBN No. 0 9528154 0 0 - cover my image 'Charcoal and Light', 1996

Nenagh - One Day You'll Be Swept Off Your Feet, a Women Artists' Card - published by Leeds Postcards and Cath Tate, 1992

Whale published by Wildcat Cards, 1992

Book cover design for Onlywomen Press, 1992

Article on censorship published by Feminist Arts New 3:8, 1991

Lesbian Tradition, an article commissioned by Feminist Review,


Edited The Lesbian Issue of Feminist Arts News, 3:5, 1989

Invited onto the collective of Feminist Arts News, 1989

Commissions and Grants.

Garden for MRI Mental Health Team begun 10th June

Sane Award, for creativity of 6 months May 26th

Clean air film - Sheffield Council 2006

Outerbody, performance with live online text, commissioned by Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 2000.

Probe – commissioned by the International Symposium of Electronic Art, a 7 hour durational performance/installation, 1998.

British Council grant for tour to International Theatre Festival, Hannover, 1998 Epiphany – a series of light-boxes in public spaces in Manchester celebrating the development of Baby the first programmable computer,

commissioned by Digital Summer, 1998.

Life’s A Beach – commissioned by Blackpool Grand Theatre Studio, performance/ installation, 1997.

Die Young – a live art commission for the Artsbus, Arts in Fife, Scotland, 1997. Steal The Soul – a Made in Manchester commissioned performance/installation, 1996.

Odd if You Dare, Barclay’s New Stages Award, co-devised doo-cot production,1995

Fluid – 1 of 6 artists commissioned by IQUN to produce temporary public art along Manchester Canal, 1996.

Goethe Institut grant, for artists’ exchange with Bidwechsel Women’s Media • Centre, Hamburg, 1995/96

British Council grant for tour to Cologne, 1995/96

British Council grant for tour to Stuttgart 1995/96

Real Lemon - Broadening Out, commissioned by Rochdale Art Gallery and toured to The Pavilion, Leeds. 1991/92.

On The Throne – installation in a Glaswegian toilet, Castlemilk 1990. Commissioned by Womanhouse as part of City of Culture


Damn Fine Art by New Lesbian Artists, Cherry Smyth, 1996.

The Sexual Perspective: Homosexuality and Art in the Last 100 Years in the West by Emmanuel Cooper 8 Sept. 1994


Stepping into my shoes - Touchstones, Rochdale Art Gallery

Whale - Crookes Healthcare - Public

After Artemisia, Small Square One, Domestic Scene - Whalley Range - Private

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