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Rachel Cartwright is Programme Assistant for Situations
Rachel’s work with Situations began in 2015 with the cataloguing of over 10,000 pieces of wood for Katie Paterson’s Hollow, and was featured in the BBC’s What Do Artists Do All Day. After this feat of archiving she jumped straight into volunteer coordination for Sanctum, helping to recruit, train and schedule Hosts for 24 days (but not quite 24 hours a day). After this initiation she is now well and truly part of the team and is in the office 3 days a week working predominantly on a forthcoming project currently in R&D phase in Torbay.
After graduating with a BA in History of Art from Leeds University Rachel began her career pathway in libraries and archives, working at Bath University Library and then gaining a place on the coveted Solomon R Guggenheim Museum internship programme in New York. On returning to the UK Rachel was accepted onto the Eurotraining Leonardo da Vinci scheme in Padua, Italy, and after a 4 month initiation into all things Italian she was offered a placement at the Peggy Guggenheim internship in Venice, which after 3 months was extended to work with Chief Conservator, Paul Schwartzbaum for a specific conservation project.
Rachel moved from Venice to London to work at the Royal College of Art Library where she assisted MA and PHD students with research projects, ran dissertation workshops and sometimes DJ’d in the art bar. After two years in this academic support role she was recruited by Science Ltd. as Archivist for Damien Hirst. This exciting new position saw Rachel’s passion for research and art liaison come to the forefront of her responsibilities alongside collaborations with international museums, galleries and auction houses. During her time at Science Ltd. Gagosian Gallery exhibited the Spot Paintings across their 11 galleries internationally and she managed the publication of The Complete Spot Paintings 1989-2011; researching, collating and proofing over 1400 Spot Paintings. Rachel also worked closely with Tate Modern for the artwork collation, content and images for the exhibition catalogue to coincide with the first major retrospective of Damien Hirst’s work in the UK.
Rachel left her permanent contract, supportive friends and comfortable flat in London late 2013 with high spirits, one (heavy) bag of belongings and a sense of adventure. After intensive farming in Sicily for a month in the foothills of Mount Etna she finally lost the urge to not check her phone every 5 minutes and flew to Japan where her passion for food, people and beautiful countryside was re-instilled and she continued this journey across Australia and Asia before returning to start a new chapter in Bristol.