Dr Rachel Emily Taylor is an illustrator, artist, researcher, and is Course Leader on BA Illustration at Camberwell College of Art. She uses interdisciplinary research methods drawn from theatre, archaeology, history, and anthropology, in both the analysis and making of practical work.
She studied BA Graphic and Media Design (Illustration Pathway) at University of the Arts London, MA Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, and PGCert Teaching and Management in Higher Education at Goldsmiths, University of London.
In 2018, Taylor completed a practice-based PhD, fully-funded by the AHRC, titled Heritage as Process: Constructing the Historical Child's Voice Through Art Practice, and the study focussed on the representation of biography, historical narratives, and 'voice' in the Foundling Museum, London.
Taylor has fostered a close relationship with Museums. She has been exhibited at the Bowes Museum, the Museum of Witchcraft, the Brontë Parsonage Museum, the Wellcome Collection, and the Horniman Museum. Her practice can be framed as 'situated' illustration, and her work takes many forms, including: drawing, installation, performance, sound, workshops, and print.
In 2012, she was funded by the British Council to be exhibited internationally and has been awarded funding from Arts Council England in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Taylor has been published by MA BIBLIOTHÈQUE and has work in the Tate Archive and Library.
Taylor is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has previously lectured at the Royal College of Art, Kingston University, London College of Communication, Leeds Arts University, Arts University Bournemouth, Sheffield Hallam University, and the Sir John Cass School of Art.