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Rachel Cunningham is a London based photographic artist. Her photography practice explores time, place history and myths, She has worked, among other things, on memory and representation, myths linked to territories, borders and belonging. Her current research explores the possibilities of thinking about photography through touch. Her work has been selected for a number of exhibitions and is held in private collections both in the UK and abroad. Rachel has MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster & MA Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College, University of London, she is Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Westminster.



2011    In Situ, Matthieu Foss Gallery, Mumbai, India.

2010    The Otter Gallery, Chichester.


2022     A Matter of Cause, London Gallery West, London

2020     Unfolding, London Gallery West, London

2018     Overwriting, Archive Gallery, London

2015     Origins: PHOTOUK-INDIA,  British Council, Delhi, India.

2015     Material Light,  Belgrade Cultural Centre, Serbia.

2015     Bhrigu Kr Sharma & Rachel Cunningham,  The Rose, Delhi, India.

2014     Open House,  W113 GK1, Delhi, India.

2013     Material Light, The Project Space, University of Westminster, London.

2013     Prix Voies Off, Arles, France.

2013     Beauty & The Beast,  W113 GK1, Delhi, India.

2013     Re:Renewal, Framing Transition in the Indian Landscape, William Goodenough House, London.

2012     Beauty & The Beast, Matthieu Foss Gallery, Mumbai, India.

2011     Open West, Summerfield Gallery, Cheltenham.

2011     re: control, The Oubliette, London.

2010     Sight, Unseen, Photofusion, London.

2009     Territory, The Otter Gallery, Chichester.

2009     Open West, Summerfield Gallery, Cheltenham.

2008     Skipintro, P3, London.

2008     Home, The Foundry, London.

2007     Best of Photography 2007, London Gallery West, London.

1997     Flesh and Stone, Fordham Gallery, London.

1995     Coup, Fridge Gallery, London

Awards, Publications and Reviews

2009     Winner, Photo Open /Territory, The Otter Gallery, Chichester.

2009     Award Winner, The Open West, Cheltenham.

2011     Open Magazine, Exhibition Review by Janice Pariat,

2010     British Journal of Photography (on-line edition): Open Eyes by Diane Smyth.

2010     Chichester Observer (Exhibition Preview) In-Situ by Phil Hewitt.

2010     Radio Two (Exhibition Review), Sue Steward on The Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman. 

2009     Zoum Zoum (Libération newspaper photography blog): Silence, on Transfère.

2009     The Open West Exhibition catalogue.

Public Talks

2022     Panel discussion with artist Caroline Burraway, precarious: new video works by caroline burraway, Ciné Lumière, London

2013     Artists Talk, Re:Renewal, in coversation with Pujan Gandhi and Janice Pariat, William Goodenough House, London.

2011     Artists Talk, in conversation with Anne Maniglier Matthieu Foss Gallery, Mumbai, India.

2011     Artists Talk, re: control, The Oubliette, London.

2010     Artists Talk, Sight,Unseen, in conversation with Lucy Soutter, Photofusion, London.

2009     Guest Speaker, University of East London, Refugee Research Centre, London.

2007     Visiting Artist, School of Art, Mysore India- Artists talk and review of students’ portfolios.


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