The Open 100


My proposal has been selected for Open 100.

In parallel with the two awards, Artangel is pleased to share the online Open 100, the panel’s selection of around 100 proposals from the 1500 submissions received in 2013.

The Open 100 showcases an extraordinary reservoir of ideas for a huge range of possible locations – as well as a few impossible ones.

Go to the Open 100 site to see my proposal and the other 99.

Suburban Mystic


Suburban Mystic

14 – 15 June, 12 – 5pm
Preview 13 June, 6 – 8pm

Glasgow based artist Rachel Adams has been in residence at The Lombard Method from March until June 2013, undertaking research and developing new work.

Adams has been exploring the relationship between science fiction, classical sculptural forms and decorative craft techniques, questioning the historical and cultural value of materials. For this end of residency presentation she has produced new objects combining craft techniques including macramé with contemporary commercial techniques such as laser cutting and vinyl printing. The works all use motifs commonly seen in interior design from the 1960s and 70s, such as eye clocks and plant hangers. By combining these materials and motifs, Adams aims to create associations between interior styling and predictions of the future, creating an installation synthesised from an unfamiliar combination of past and present “Earth” styles.

Just Imagine…


Taking its title from the 1930s science fiction musical comedy of the same name, ‘Just Imagine…’, curated by artist in residence Rachel Adams, brings together a showreel of research explored during her residency at The Lombard Method.

Comprising film trailers, movie clips, promotional footage, artist films and archive footage, ‘Just Imagine…’ presents a snapshot of the artist’s influences, including moving image treats from science fiction, craft workshops and feminist history from the ‘60s, ‘70s and beyond

16/05 – 18/05 ‘Just Imagine…’, Research film by Rachel Adams, The Lombard Method, 68a Lombard St, Birmingham

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Lombard Method: Artist in Residence


Glasgow based artist Rachel Adams will be in residence at The Lombard Method from March until June 2013, as she focuses on a research project that will inform the development of future work.

On Wednesday 20th March, Adams gave an introduction to her practice and her research interests, and outlined the topics she will be enquiring into during the residency. Adams will present research material to conclude the residency from 13th – 15th June.

Adams’ sculptural works explore the relationship between science fiction, classical sculptural motifs and decorative craft techniques, questioning the historical and cultural value of materials.

Adams uses materials and processes that have a specific cultural and historical identity, such as tie-dye, macramé and crochet, in works that reflect the aesthetics of science fiction. Adams often mirrors methods employed to produce the ‘alien’ environments of 1970s television sets, which marked a growing distrust of the technological advancements of the preceding decade. The retrospective contexts of Adams’s sculpture draw on an increasingly nostalgic engagement with new age themes such as self-improvement.

Costume Written Clothing


The costume can serve limitless purposes; apart from adorning and protecting the human body, costume itself is a symbol of culture and ideology. Costume can serve to disguise or mask, but also as a means to perform ones role in society and emphasise or display beliefs and ideology. As a vehicle for ritual and a means of appropriation and impersonation, costume has long been adopted by artists as a transformative device and to pose questions around gender roles and identity construction. This exhibition reflects on some of these themes and conceives of ‘costume’ as a device or prism through which to investigate relationships between performance, image and sculpture in artistic practice.

In his 1967 text The Fashion System, Roland Barthes defined the idea that clothing is in itself a language or a complex system of signs through which cultural meaning is constructed, or in his words “written clothing”. Barthes describes clothing oneself as an act of signification which manifests through symbols or convention, “Sign or symbol, clothing affirms and reveals cleavages, hierarchies, and solidarities according to a code guaranteed and perpetuated by society and its institutions.” This exhibition explores Barthes’ notion of “written clothing” and specifically the role of costume and associated themes of gesture, performance and representation. Orchestrated in the window gallery to resemble tableaux vivant, museum diorama or an ambivalent shop display, the exhibition design sets up a dialogue between cultural, historical and theatrical associations, exploring the dynamic between the function and symbolic meaning of clothing.

Many of the costumes and garments exhibited have been created for specific performances and within the context of the gallery space are re-contextualised as sculptural objects, some have been created as proposals or commissions specifically for the project. Costume: Written Clothing includes work by Rachel Adams, Pablo Bronstein, Steven Cairns, Matthew Darbyshire, Kate Davis, Tobias Kaspar, Ursula Mayer, Seth Price, Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan, Alexis-Marguerite Teplin, Rachel Maclean, Sarah Wright, Sophie Macpherson, Charlotte Prodger and Clare Stephenson.

Fri 3 May – Sun 16 June, Tramway, Glasgow

Collective Gallery Auction


Slab, 2012
mdf, tie-dye fabric, starch

My work will be available as part of the Collective Gallery in Edinburgh. All procedes are supporting the Collective’s move from Cockburn Street to the former City Observatory on Calton Hill, Edinburgh. This extraordinary city centre, hilltop location will shape the organisation and its programme in new, distinctive and exciting ways.





Preview: Friday 1st March 7-9pm

Open Sat 2 – Sun 24 March Tuesday to Sunday Noon – 5pm

For her exhibition at Tramway 5, Rachel Adams will create an installation of new sculptural works, which extend her exploration of the relationship between science fiction, classical sculptural motifs and decorative craft techniques. These elements combine to question the historical and cultural value of materials. They are brought together to create a temporal collapse, opening up a dialogue between present and past notions of the future.
In Adams’ practice an interest in the aesthetics of science fiction is joined with an awareness of how certain materials and forms have a specific cultural identity and place within time, particularly craft techniques such as tie dye, macramé and crochet. Similarly the methods employed by television programmes of the 1970’s in order to produce an “alien” environment are presented as symptomatic of a larger cultural shift, one marked by a growing distrust of the ceaseless progression of technological advancements that defined the preceding decade. Our continued, and increasingly nostalgic, engagement with new age themes such as self-improvement is something that Space-Craft acts to articulate.
By combining science fiction and the domestic Adams creates an unsettling scenario, which merges reality with fiction, appearing at once meaningful and useless. These works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a potential future that has never come to pass.

Last Chance at SWG3



Rachel Adams, Tom Godfrey, James Hutchinson, Lorna Macintyre, 

James McLardy, Michael Stumpf, Hayley Tompkins, Sue Tompkins.


08.12.2012 – 19.01.2013 | weds-sat 12-6pm

Christmas break 22.12.2012 – 09.01.2013

at SWG3 Gallery, Glasgow



Friday 07.12.2012 – 7-9pm | After Party: 9pm-2am

LAST CHANCE will be the opportunity to show a work for the first time, a piece that has been sitting in the studio or in the artist’s mind for a while.


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