About

Rachel Hope Allan is an artist and writer from New Zealand. She holds a Master of Fine Arts with distinction from Dunedin School of Art, New Zealand where she is currently a senior lecturer in Photography and Electronic Arts. Allan’s work deals with restraint, curiosity and mimicry. Her work challenges perceptions of reality, exploring the notions of loss and the fetishization of process, animals and objects. She exhibits both locally and internationally most recently at Laurel Project Space, Dunedin, N.Z (2019), the Jarvis Dooney Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2018 & 2019), Robert Piggott Art Gallery, Dunedin, NZ (2018, 2017), with Wallplay, New York, USA (2017), The Yu Gallery, Shanghai (2017), The Tokyo International Art Fair, Tokyo (2018 & 2017), The Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2016) and Getty Images Gallery, London (2016).

Allan’s published artist-books have been collected by The National Gallery of Australia, The Auckland City Library. Auckland University, Massey and Victoria.  The University of Canterbury, The National Library of New Zealand, The Hocken and Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan.

Artist, Researcher, Educator

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All work by Rachel Hope Allan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 New Zealand License. Based on all work at rachelhopeallan.com 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018. inbred & spoonfed (2018) Robert Piggott Gallery, Dunedin, NZ.

2017. CRASH (2017) Robert Piggott Gallery, Dunedin, NZ.

2017. CRASH (2017) Rivington Street Gallery, presented by Wallplay, New York, USA.

2016. Coke & Popcorn (2016) Rippon Vineyard, Wanaka, NZ.

2015. Paperbag Polaroids (2015) V Space, Robertson Library, Dunedin, NZ.

2014. Crash (2014) Bruce Gallery and Project Space, Dunedin, NZ.

2013. Shall I Knit You One? (2013) Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, NZ.

2012. Knit 1 (2012), None Gallery, Dunedin, NZ.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

“not now nurse” (2020),  Digital Print, 111 x 111 cm, in Get Staffed Again, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

2019

“Gateway Drugs & Shopping Malls “(2018), Tintype (5) in Amsterdam International Art Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Gateway Drugs & Shopping Malls (2019), Laurel Project Space, Dunedin, N.Z

“Annie” IP Positive, 50 x 50 mm, in Salon Hang Fundraiser, Laurel Project Space, Dunedin, N.Z

“COKE” (2018), Inkjet print, in Petersburger Tish Postkarte Salon, Jarvis Dooney Galerie, Berlin, Germany.

“spoonfed” (2019), Inkjet print 45 x 45 cm in Cleveland National Art Award, Otago Art Society Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

“inbred & spoonfed” (2018), Inkjet print , 100 x 300 cm, in Get Staffed, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

2018

“ Elizabeth“ (2016) Inkjet print, in Petersburger Tish Postkarte Salon, Jarvis Dooney Galerie, Berlin, Germany.

“candy & cardigans”(2018) Inkjet Print (2) 1000 x 1000mm in Tokyo International Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan.

 2017

“Coke & Popcorn” (2015) Inkjet Print (8), 500 x 500mm, in Burnt by U.V, NEXT Gallery, Christchurch, N.Z.

“smoke & mirrors” (2017) Giclée Print 310 x 920 mm, in Art Golds Awards, Central Stories Art Gallery and Museum, Alexandra, N.Z

“If You Were My Goshawk” (2016) Tintype, in Cleveland National Art Award, Otago Art Society Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

“Polystyrene Bear” & “Red Fish” (2015) Inkjet Prints 500 x 500mm, in Anything Could Happen, Yu Gallery, Shanghai, China.

“Pastries & Beer” (2016) Inkjet Prints (10) 480 x 480mm, in Tokyo International Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan.

“Elizabeth” (2016), Inkjet Print 1000 x 1000mm, in Ways of Seeing, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

2016

“Caged Serenity” (2014), Inkjet Print, in Renaissance Photography Prize, Getty Images Gallery, London, UK.

“Coke & Popcorn” (2015) Inkjet Print (12), 500 x 500mm, in Ridiculous Sublime, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

“Valerie Rode The Horses Destined for the Lion’s Dinner” (2016) Inkjet Print (5), 500 x 500mm, in Animal Advocates, Art & Law, Otago University, Dunedin, NZ.

2015

“Coke and Popcorn” (2015) Giclée Print 500 x 500mm, in Art Golds Awards, Russell Henderson Art Gallery, Alexandra, N.Z.

“Sex and Sedatives” (2015) IP Positives (6), 50 x 50 mm, in Art & Design, Skinner Annex, Otago Museum, N.Z.

“A History of Things I Once Had” (2014) Gelatin Silver Emulsion on Glass and A.R Component (collaboration with Ted Whitaker), 2000 x 1000 mm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z

2014

 “Elizabeth Taylor 1” and “Elizabeth Taylor 3” (2014) Gelatin Silver Prints, 660 x 540 mm, in Art and Book: Against the Odds, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

 “Crash” (2014) and “Annie” (2014) Laser prints, 210 x 148mm, in The Photocopy Club, Urban Spree, Berlin.

“Woodhaugh” (2014) Gelatin Silver Emulsion on Glass, 594 x 840 mm, in DUNedinburgh, Toitú Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, N.Z.

“Rent” (2014)  51 various photographic works, dimensions variable in Feather Cache, Bruce Gallery and Project Space, Dunedin, N.Z.

2013

“Act 2” (2013) Polaroid Skin, 8 x 10 inches, Toitú Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, N.Z.

“Act V” (2013) Polaroid, 8 x 10 inches in White Night, Bruce Gallery and Project Space, Dunedin, N.Z.

“Cased” (2013) Assemblage, dimensions variable in Boy Band, V Space, Robertson Library, Dunedin, N.Z.

 “Door” (2013) Digital  C-Type Tintype, 400 x 200mm in Art XtRAX, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

SELECTED CATALOGUES / BOOKS/ PRINT

CATALOGUE: Bolland, M. “inbred & spoonfed.” 5 colour images. Held in the collections of The National Library of New Zealand, University of Otago Hocken Collection, Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan. ISBN 978-0-473-46009-9

CATALOGUE: Whitaker, T & R.K Gillies. “CRASH.”  (2017), 20 unnumbered pages: colour images. Held in the collections of The National Gallery of Australia, The National Library of New Zealand, Victoria University, Wellington, Massey University, Auckland University, Canterbury University and Museum of New Zealand, Te Aka Matua Library. ISBN 9780473402501

BOOK: Allan, Rachel H. “You are not here.” (2017) 20 colour images. Held in the collections of The Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan, The National Library of New Zealand, The Alexander Turnbull Library, Angela Morton Collection and The University of Otago, Hocken Collections. ISBN 9780473410490 hbk

BOOK: Allan, Rachel H.  “coke & popcorn.” (2017) 832 words, 29 colour Images. Held at the The Angela Morton Collection, University of Auckland, Auckland Libraries, University of Canterbury Library, University of Otago, Hocken Collections and The National Library of New Zealand. ISBN 9780473410476 hbk

BOOK: Allan, Rachel H. “H.” (2014) 10 gelatin silver prints, hand-bound. Held in the collection of The Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan.

PRINT: Allan, Rachel H. “Caged Serenity” & “Ladydrive”  In A Companion to Photography. Stephen Bull (ed) Wiley- Blackwell: London. ISBN: 978-1-405-19584-3

PRINT: Allan, Rachel H. “Rescue Me.” In Phototype-Issue Issue 1, Phototype Press. 2016.       

PRINT: Allan, Rachel H. “Rescue Me.” Black Wax Zine. 2014

PRINT: Allan, Rachel H. “Ladydrive.” Act 2 no:1” “Act 1 no:9” In Scope: Art & Design #8, 2013.

COMMISSIONS/AWARDS/RESIDENCIES

Commission: “Woodhaugh” (2014) Gelatin Silver Emulsion on Glass, 594 x 840 mm, in DUNedinburgh, Toitú Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand (24 Jan – 13 July 2014).

Award: “If You Were My Goshawk,” (2016), Merit in Cleveland National Art Award, N.Z, 2017.

Award: Excellence in Research and Enterprise, Otago Polytechnic Staff Award, 2017.

Finalist: “smoke & mirrors” (2017),  Giclée Print 310 x 920 mm, Art Golds Award, 2017.

Finalist: “Caged Serenity” (2014), Renaissance Photography Award, U.K, 2016.

Finalist: “Coke and Popcorn” (2015) Giclée Print 500 x 500mm, Art Golds Award, 2015.

Award: Otago Polytechnic Student Association Graduation Award, 2010.

Award: Recognition of Achievement in Photography, Dunedin School of Art, 2010.

Residency: Kaka Point Writer’s Residency, Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust. (As a member of  the Dark Light Collective)

REVIEWS

Review: Otago Daily Times: inbred & spoonfed https://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/arts/exploring-humanity

Review: The Press: Ten Christchurch art exhibitions to see this October. https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/christchurch-life/art-and-stage/visual-art/97383318/ten-christchurch-art-exhibitions-to-see-this-october

Review: Otago Daily Times: Crashhttps://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/arts/art-seen-august-30

Review:Critic: Ridiculous Sublime http://www.critic.co.nz/culture/article/6087/ridiculous-sublime

Review:Artist Alliance: RidiculousSublimehttp://artistsalliance.org.nz/events/group-show-ridiculous-sublime/

Review: David Eggleton, “Ridiculous Sublime” in Art New Zealand,  Number 159, 2016.

Review: Samantha McKegg, “Ridiculous Sublime” in Art News, Spring, 2016.

Review:Otago Daily Times: Crash http://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/arts/308778/art-seen-july-10

SEMINARS/SYMPOSIUMS/JOURNAL ARTICLES

Journal Article:Rachel H. Allan, “What happens when all we are left with are the Inbred & Spoonfed,” in Scope: Art & Design #18, 2019.

Journal Article:Rachel H. Allan, “CRASH: an ode to Valerie, Annie and Elizabeth,” in Scope: Art & Design #14, 2017.

Journal Article:Rachel H. Allan, “coke and popcorn: the image and the series,” in Scope: Art & Design #13, 2017.

Journal Article: Rachel H. Allan, “Everyone Bleeds,” in Scope: Art & Design #12, 2015.

Journal Article: Rachel H. Allan, “An Impossible Project,” in Scope: Art & Design #12, 2015.

Journal Article: Rachel H. Allan, “ You Are Not Here,” in Scope: Art & Design #10,  2014.

Journal Article: Rachel H. Allan, “Photography As An Auto Fictional Practice,” in Scope: Art & Design#8, 2013.

Seminar: “Code & Silver” Dunedin School of Art Public Seminar Program, Dunedin School of Art, 2019.

Seminar:“Myrtle, Mabel & Maude” Animals at The Edge Symposium, Dunedin School of Art, 2019.

Seminar:“CRASH: an ode to Valerie, Annie and Elizabeth” Dunedin School of Art Photography Seminar Program, Dunedin School of Art, 2017.

Seminar:“Crash: Why I won’t fly American Airlines or accept rides from Strangers, ” Dunedin School of Art Public Seminar Program, Dunedin School of Art, 2017.

Seminar:“A Girl, An IPhone and an Impossible Project” Dunedin School of Art Public Seminar Program, Dunedin School of Art, 2015.

Seminar:“Photography As An Auto Fictional Practice” Dunedin School of Art Public Seminar Program, Dunedin School of Art, 2013.

Conference Paper:“My Practice Is Indexical” Photography Symposium, Dunedin School of Art, 2012.

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

MFA with Distinction, Dunedin School of Art, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2013.

Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2015.

BFA, Dunedin School of Art, Dunedin, New Zealand, 2010.

 

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