In 2015, Rachel Lowther was commissioned to spend time researching The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections' World War I holdings. These include records of GSA staff and students who went into military service, references to individuals who were anti-war, information on fundraising activities and events at GSA initiated by those left behind. Lowther was inparticular drawn to correspondence records which when read, trace the impact of WWI on GSA.
Lowther has used her research to inspire a new body of work for the Reid Gallery, including sculpture and films.
The residency and exhibition have been commissioned by The Glasgow School of Art and supported by Museums Galleries Scotland WWI Fund.
Currently based in Glasgow, Rachel Lowther studied at Chelsea School of Art, London, the Staedelschule, Frankfurt, and Hunter College, NYC. She spent 14 years in NYC showing and curating exhbitions internationally, as well as assisting Jeff Koons and Matthew Barney and creating a permanent diorama for the American Museum of Natural History, New York, among other projects. She has most liked showing her work at Participant Inc, NYC, Thread Waxing Space, NYC, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Maschenmode/Guido Baudach, Berlin, The Sculpture Center, New York, The National Portrait Gallery, London, a hen house in Frankfurt and in demonstrations on the streets of Glasgow. In 2014, she created an exhibtion for Glasgow International with Kerry Stewart, Georgina Starr and Ana Genoves in the village hall, Uplawmoor, East Renfrewshire. She is one third of DEATHANDDADA (with Amalia Theodorakopoulos and Fritz Welch), a Glasgow-based artist-run alternative space that was active in Glasgow and abroad from 2010-2013.
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