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Inspire Keynote with Rachel Ara

Rachel Ara in the studio
Rachel Ara in the studio

Written by
UAL Awarding Body
Published date
13 January 2021

As part of our Teach Inspire Create annual programme of digital events, we’re excited to announce that conceptual artist Rachel Ara will be joining us for a live Keynote session: Adapting Creatively on Friday 26th Feb at 2pm.

Best known for sculpture and installation art, Ara's work explores the relationships between sex, gender, technology and systems of power. As a multidisciplinary artist, Ara has a diverse skillset acquired from working 25 years in the tech industry to being a trained cabinet maker. This variation of skills inspires her to create unique and often surprising installations and sculptures.

“I work on my own, so when I have an idea, I have to make it happen myself, and often on a small budget.  Many of my works are quite complex and can involve knowing a range of skills from say programming, welding, electronics, CAD, joinery etc… Often I have to learn new skills and generally use the internet, especially YouTube, as a learning resource.”

In her session, Ara will be deconstructing the inspirations behind some of her works and using them as examples to discuss her creative process. She will also talk about how she has had to adapt her work in 2020 due to the current restrictions on resources, space and time as a result of the pandemic.

The session will be held on Zoom and will consist of a 30-minute talk followed by a 15-minute Q&A.

Booking is now open and all delegates must book a place to attend. Booking in advance is also highly recommended.

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