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Rachel Lancaster lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne. She has exhibited widely and taken part in numerous projects, performances and artist residencies both nationally and internationally. In 2015 she was invited to be ‘Artist In Residence’ at Alewive Brook Road in New York, former residence and studio of Elaine De Kooning. Lancaster was shortlisted for the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2018 and the BEEP Painting Prize 2020. Lancaster is represented by Workplace gallery and in 2021 was invited to become a member of Contemporary British Painting.  In 2022 Lancaster was the joint recipient of the BEEP Painting Prize and recipient of the Ares Mosaic Art Award. 


b.1979 - Hartlepool, UK.

Represented by Workplace gallery


2009-2011 MFA Fine Art, Newcastle University.

1998-2001 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Northumbria University.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


In The Wake, Workplace Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.


Rachel Lancaster, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK.


Step Sequence, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.


Rachel Lancaster, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK.

Selected Group Exhibitions


Soft Focus, Bradley Ertaskiran, Montreal, Canada. 

BEEP Prize Winners, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales. 


Gentle Again, The Shophouse, Hong Kong. 

'The Blue Hour', Workplace , London, UK.

'X - Contemporary British Painting', Newcastle Contemporary Art, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

'Decoy', Workplace, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. 

'Cadence - Laura Lancaster - Rachel Lancaster,' Workplace, London, UK. 


Paint Edgy, The Ropewalk, Barton on Humber, UK. 

'Nothing Has Changed, Everything Has Changed' BEEP Painting Biennial 2022, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, UK.

Kaleidoscope, Workplace Gallery, London, UK.

Vitalistic Fantasies, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, UK.

Artist Support Pledge: A Generous Space 2, New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK.

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere: Painting In The North East Now, Newcastle Contemporary Art, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Paradoxes: 52 Painters, Contemporary British Painting, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight.

Still Life with Flowers, Rye Art Gallery, Kent, UK.

Without Borders, Art Spot Korin, Kyoto, Japan.


Dark Matter, Workplace Foundation, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Supernature, curated by Paint Lounge, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks, UK.

Without Borders, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales - touring to Japan, Norway, USA and Venice.


BEEP (Biennial Exhibition of Painting), Swansea, Wales, UK. 

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2020, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK. 


Everything Must Go, Workplace Foundation, Gateshead, UK.

Legacy: 50 Years of Painting In The Tees Valley, The Auxilliary, Middlesbrough, UK.

Supernature -curated by Paint Lounge, The Auxilliary, Middlesbrough, UK. 

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019, Jane and Louise Wilson curated room, Royal Academy,London, UK.

Article, The Conduit, London, UK.

Contemporary British Painting Prize 2018, Menier Gallery, London, UK.


Contemporary British Painting Prize 2018, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, UK.

Let Me Dream Again/You Can Hope Forever, Room 113 gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne. UK


Figure Four: Glimpser, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.


DOT DOT DOT DASH, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK.


The Brain Eaters, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

Beyond The Goldmine Standard, RPM Records, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

I’MTen, IMT Gallery, London, UK.

Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, Texas, USA.


Satellite Satellite, Workplace Gallery, London, UK.

Painting The Pixel, Gallery North, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne UK.


Omnia Mea Mecum Porto, Kotti-Shop, Berlin, Germany.


Double Double, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK.

MFA 2011, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

ROTATE, Contmeporary Arts Society & Shortlist Media, London, UK.

Graphite, Gallery North, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.


MFA 2010, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.


Morphic Resonance, PSL (Project Space Leeds), Leeds, UK.

Day After Day After Day, Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.


Lost & Found, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK.

All My Favourite Singers Couldn’t Sing, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK.

Sovereign Art Prize,  Somerset House, London, UK.

TOMORROW THE FUTURE, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton, UK.

Work shown with Workplace Gallery at art fairs in London, Japan, Germany and USA.

Selected Projects and Commissions 


MAW 2018 (Middlesbrough Art Weekender) Audio visual performance at Base Camp as part of FEED live program.

Drone Ensemble: Lyres of Lemniscate -co producer and member of selection panel with Workplace Foundation/Tusk festival


Tusk and Workplace Present Club Ponderosa, co - curated two weeks of art and performance at Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK as part of TUSK Festival 2017.

A Thing Heard Four Ways of Listening, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, co- producer of an evening of live performance as part of a collaborative tour showcasing the work of four contemporary British sound artists.

La Monte Young Jeezys Dream Phone Party Incident, Old Police House, Gateshead, UK- a night of live performance in response to La Monte Young’s “Dream House’.


Ruckberzauberung, commission- collaboration with musician Wolfgang Voigt (founder of Kompakt Records, Cologne, Germany) creating visuals for his live performance at Tusk Festival 2016, Sage Gateshead, UK.


A Cut, A Score -field recordings and audio works included CIRCA Projects commissioned collection and online sound archive as part of BOOKSHOP, NGCA Sunderland, UK


Space Time: The Future, performance with Silver Fox, women in music Wysing Festival, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK.

Arborescent, graphic score commission and live performance, Kielder Forest, Northumberland, UK.


Step Sequence, public commission, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.



CVAN North East Creative Space Residency 2020, UK.


Artist in Residence at Alewive Road, East Hampton, New York, USA - former studios and residence  of artists Elaine De Kooning and later sculptor John Chamberlain. New York, U.S.A.


Pixel Palace Artist In Residence, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.


Morphic Resonance Artist in Residence, PSL (Project Space Leeds) Leeds, UK.

Grants and Awards


Recipient of BEEP Painting Prize 2022

Recipient of Ares - Mosaic Art Award 2022.


Invited member of Contemporary British Painting


BEEP Biennial Painting Prize 2020- shortlisted.


Invited to become a member of Workplace Foundation Community of Artists 


Contemporary British Painting Prize 2018 - shortlisted.


Arts Council England Artist Development Grant


Sovereign European Art Prize - Shortlisted, 2008.


Graduate Fellow in Painting, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

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