In Conversation
Rachel Goodyear

Rachel Goodyear, Over her Shoulder, 2017,
pencil, watercolour and ink on paper, 72x53cm. Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (c) the artist. Photo: Michael Pollard.

Join the artist for an informal tour of the Catching Sight exhibition with curator Deborah Robinson together with a musical performance by Sam Weaver (modular synth/acoustics), Otto Willberg (double bass), Ecka Mordecai (cello) and Michael Perrett (bass clarinet).

Free, all welcome.


Rachel Goodyear, Catching Sight exhibition

26 May – 3 September 2017


The New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to present a major solo exhibition by Rachel Goodyear, celebrating a brand new body of work.  Though still rooted in her love of drawing, her new works introduce a greater freedom of experimentation with a range of materials such as ink, watercolour and collage as well as pencil and charcoal. She has also pushed the boundaries of her practice to experiment with scale, producing new works on paper, sculpture and an immersive installation.


Her enigmatic and enthralling figures are sourced from old magazines, books and anonymous photographs. Often solitary, they may be focused on some extraordinary task; others engage in bizarre and seemingly ritualistic activities. Whereas once, Goodyear’s visions emerged from an otherwise blank background, she now delights in creating backdrops of heavy and brooding washes of constructing psychologically charged spaces. Sometimes hooded or with their eyes covered, her figures resist our gaze. Welcome to a journey through the psyche; a world of fragments, false memories, fears and desires.