Rachel Wilberforce - MA Fine Art

Rachel Wilberforce

Rachel Wilberforce is a second year MA Fine Art student at Chelsea College of Arts.

What year are you in and where are you from?

I'm in the second year of a two year part-time course. I currently live in Kent and have a studio in East London.

Why did you choose to study MA Fine Art at Chelsea?

The course champions interdisciplinary practice and discourse with an open and collaborative approach. I was also awarded the Rector's Scholarship.

What are you working on at the moment?

My practice centres on heterotopic and fugitive terrain and explores the interstices of place and action. I see the landscape, architecture and the body as interchangeable. 

Currently, I'm particularly interested in how site specificity determines a photograph’s objectness. 

And what's been the highlight so far?

Undertaking The Resort project in Norfolk during my first year. This resulted in being invited to present my research at Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA). Being involved in day-to-day life at college as a course representative and making some positive contributions to the course structure.

Any advice for the next generation of Chelsea students?

It’s as much about what you put in as what you get out. Acknowledge and embrace your strengths and weaknesses. Be flexible, be adaptive, be resourceful, be organised, be self-directed and be motivated!

Listen to all the feedback, it's valuable! Everyone has a different opinion or take on your work, so be open and honest but still remember to listen to your instincts.