Welcome to Artbalm

I’m Rachel Apelt – an artist and creative facilitator based in SEQ

I offer a spectrum of creative services: graphic recording, illustration and facilitation, plus a range of art workshops in community and school contexts. Click on the links to find out more.

News and events

Weekly life drawing

Under C-19 restrictions, I send call-outs to people on an existing list. At present we are quite full, but I do aim to rotate people through. If you would like to join us, please contact me.

Drawing a Sense of Place

See a delightful short film about our drawing group

Read a review

Crisis Constantine reflects on my exhibition at Caboolture Hub Gallery

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My art practice

Click the image to go to a catalogue of my recent work

About me 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 offered art workshops in many contexts in Australia and abroad. 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

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