About The Artist

Email    rwellisch@me.com

Instagram    rachael_wellisch


Rachael Wellisch uses natural indigo dye, textiles, installation and performance in response to environmental concerns. A recipient of the St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Art Prize in 2016, she has undertaken artist residencies in Shankill Castle, Ireland, House Conspiracy in Brisbane, Australia 2017, and Art Quarter Budapest Residency, Hungary. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours from Griffith University, Queensland College of Art (QCA), as a painting major, Rachael has received multiple awards for academic excellence. Currently a doctoral candidate and tutor at Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, Rachael is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Artworks by Rachael Wellisch selected for public areas of the Westin Perth, opened in early 2018.

Artworks by Rachael Wellisch selected for public areas of the Westin Perth, opened in early 2018.


2019    Doctor of Visual Arts Candidate (post confirmation), Griffith University

2016    Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), Griffith University


Solo Exhibitions

2016    Between Blue at This Must Be The Place, Bakery Lane, Brisbane, QLD

            All The Spaces Between at Sunspace, Noosa, QLD


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019    Conduit, Chelsea College of Art, London, UK (September)

Tether, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, TAS (May)

Small Works Online Exhibition, Trestle Gallery, NY, USA (June-Dec)

Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta Art Gallery, VIC (June-Aug)

           Wild Remembering, Onespace, Brisbane, QLD

           Salvaged Space, Whitebox, Brisbane, QLD

2018    Dislocation, Basement Gallery, Vienna, Austria 

           Moment & Method, Pop Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

Wild Remembering - performance, with Emma Gardner, Mayfair Gallery, Darwin Fringe Festival, Darwin, NT 

Wild Remembering, Webb Gallery, Brisbane, QLD


2017    Transformance, Shankill Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland

            Mikala Dwyer & Justene Williams Masterclass Exhibition, Whitebox, Brisbane, QLD

            St Andrews War Memorial Hospital Prize-Winners Exhibition, Brisbane, QLD

            As We Unfold, The Pod, Brunswick St Mall, Brisbane, QLD

            Around, Spiro Grace Art Rooms, Brisbane, QLD

            Drawing Blue, House Conspiracy, Brisbane, QLD


2016    Mint, Pop Gallery, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, QLD

           Transversing, Webb Gallery, QCA Southbank, Brisbane, QLD

           The Ambience Store Project 4, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, QLD

Sugar & Bones II, Public Art Installation with Hayley McFarlane, Vibrant Laneways Project, King George Square, Brisbane, QLD

Something Like This But Not This, The Laundry Art-space, East Brisbane 

           Less, The Laundry Art-space, East Brisbane, QLD  

Sugar & Bones, Public Art Installation with Hayley McFarlane,, Vibrant Laneways Project, Hutton Lane, Brisbane QLD


2015    http://Re-productive, QCA Project Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

            Life Art Worldwide Arts Expo, Lightspace, Brisbane, QLD

2014 Me+You+Us+Them, Project Gallery, Brisbane QLD

2012 Site-specific installation OMG girl Stuart Park, Darwin

Site-specific installation Eye on you Knuckey St, Darwin

2011 Student group exhibition, Charles Darwin University

New Territories, 24-Hour Art, Darwin NT


Awards, Residencies and Publications

2019    Finalist, Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award

Art As Activism’ Review: https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/news/2019/03/11/art-as-activism/

2018    Arts Queensland Grant, Queensland Arts Showcase Program

           Art Quarter Budapest Residency, Budapest, Hungary

The Art of the Westin Hotel, artist survey book, Perth WA

The Conspirator, artist survey book by House Conspiracy, Brisbane, QLD

2017    House Conspiracy Artist Residency, West End, Brisbane

           Shankill Castle Artist Residency, Kilkenny, Ireland

As We Unfold’ Review: http://www.fineprintmagazine.com/unfold-in-view/?rq=unfold in view

2016    St Andrews War Memorial Hospital Award Winner

            ‘Less’ Review: http://inresidence-ari.com/less-at-the-laundry/ 

            ‘Sugar & Bones II’ Featured on Channel 7's The Great Southeast   

2015    Finalist, Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award

Griffith Award for Academic Excellence from Griffith University

2014 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence from Griffith University

2013 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence from Griffith University

2012 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence from Griffith University

2011    Awarded ‘Fine Art Student of the Year’ by Charles Darwin University


Professional Appointments

2018    Sessional Sculpture Tutor, Griffith University

            Sessional Design Tutor, Griffith University

2017    Sessional Painting Studio Foundations Tutor, Griffith University

2016 UniSkills Leader, Griffith University Student Success Program

Wax pigment and metallic spray paint on glass mounted photographs of indigo dyed cotton.