Hi, I’m Rachel Apelt, an artist and creative facilitator based in SEQ.
I offer a spectrum of creative services: graphic recording, illustration, facilitation, community engagement, plus a range of art workshops in community and school contexts. Click on the links to find out more.
- Weekly life drawing I am offering costumed life drawing in pocket parks and other outdoor venues.
- Park Life Drawing
4 July – 9.30am-11.30am Arana Hills– postponed – new date tba soon!
- Staged return to Bunya House – from late July, we’ll be able to return to Bunya House, but with some modifications. The group size will be smaller and it will be a case of BYO everything. Watch this space for updates.
Thanks to the fabulous Bunya House regulars for co-creating a warm, humorous and non-competitive community. It’s always lovely to draw with you!
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My art practice
As an artist I trained at Queensland College of Art with a major in Painting. I have a history of solo exhibitions and collaborative projects with artists and communities around Australia, in Mexico, Singapore and the Philippines. My work can be found in private and public collections, including the Australian National Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery and various regional galleries in Australia. I taught life drawing and painting at Queensland College of Art and QUT for several years and have a long association with Flying Arts, where I am once again a tutor. Along the way I completed a Master in Gestalt therapy and I taught in the masters programs for 9 years at Gestalt Association of Qld Inc, and Gestalt Therapy Brisbane. I currently use those skills to assist people unblock their creativity.
My take on Art
Artmaking is a powerful and subtle process allowing us to enlarge how we see and interact with the world. It can hold a mirror to ourselves in mysterious and wondrous ways – giving us a shortcut to the heart of the matter, always several steps ahead of our conscious minds. In my work with others, art can be a balm for the innermost self, gently lifting worn old habitual ways of being in the world and revealing the raw beauty beneath. For me, making art is always a richly rewarding process.
© 2014-2050 Rachel Apelt