About The Artist

Email    rwellisch@me.com

Instagram    rachael_wellisch


Rachael Wellisch is an Australian artist using natural indigo dye, textiles, and installation in response to environmental concerns. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours in 2016 from Griffith University (Brisbane, QLD), she received awards for academic excellence every year of her studies including ‘Fine Art Student of the Year’ in 2011. Currently a post-confirmation doctoral candidate and tutor at Griffith University, she is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Winner of the St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Art Prize (QLD) in 2016, she was also selected as a finalist in the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award (VIC), the Northern Beaches Art Prize (NSW), and the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award (NSW) in 2019. She has undertaken artist residencies in Shankill Castle in Ireland, and House Conspiracy in Brisbane, during 2017, as well as Art Quarter Budapest in Hungary, during 2018. Rachael was awarded an Arts Queensland Grant in 2018, and has exhibited in Australia, Ireland, Austria and the UK. Her work was acquired and commissioned for the new Westin Hotel in Perth, Australia, and is also held in private collections within Australia, UK and Ireland. 

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

2020 Tangible Blues, Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Strathpine, QLD

2019 A Blue Landscape, Redland Art Gallery Red Box, Brisbane, QLD

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

            All The Spaces Between, Sunspace, Noosa, QLD


Selected Group Exhibitions

2019    Cluster London, Old Truman Brewery Gallery, London, UK

It’s A Wrap, White Rhino Artspace, Sydney, NSW

Conduit, Morgue Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, London, UK

Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown, NSW

Sydney Northern Beaches Art Prize, Creative Space, Curl Curl, NSW

Tether, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, TAS

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

Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta Art Gallery, VIC

           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, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown, NSW

Finalist, Sydney Northern Beaches Art Prize, Creative Space, Curl Curl, NSW

Finalist, Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta, VIC

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.