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Rachal Bradley

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Art & Design

Staff Group(s)
Academic Division Fine Art


Rachal Bradley is the current acting Course Leader for Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University . 
She has worked in the role of Lecturer since 2016 and was the acting Principal lecturer and Co-Course leader  from 2017-18.

Career overview

Prior to this role Rachal Bradley taught A-level in Fine Art and History of Art at Woking College, Surrey and Fine Art at Dumfries and Galloway College, Dumfries and Galloway. She has delivered lectures and visited as a tutor to Glasgow School of Art, Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths and Ruskin School of Art, Oxford.

Research areas

Rachal Bradley approaches art as a behavioural problem spanning from the private individual to the societal by way of constant, mutually dynamic energy forms. The focus of her art is not the finished product, as such, but the processes of relations created therein, and how these contribute not only to the shaping of a works’ meaning but how this meaning may, in turn, shape societal behaviour.

Infrastructure is always personal.

Long obsessed by the overlaps, interlaps and exolaps between different system operations, one interest is in the use of art forms or movements as autonomous material. The artwork is deployed as both the system of organisation, the determinate agent and outcome. These are used as a kind of digging tool or reflector to evacuate deeply embedded narratives shored up in the assumptions behind human organisation. Bradley brings into material proximity seemingly disparate themes; consent, cybernetics, revenge, organisational theory, gossip, legal principles, industrial production methods, real estate, appropriation and celebrity crime.

For the artist this is a move towards engaging with what art does in its full complexity, rather than solely dealing with what art means.

External activity

Recent solo presentations include, Interlocutor, Gasworks, London, Of Sex, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Frieze, London (2016); Foreign Press, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich; and Only for Loving Medium, Present Future, Artissima, Turin, selected by Fatima Hellberg (both 2015). Selected group exhibitions include, TG, Nottingham at SUNDAY art fair; Le Bourgeois, 3236RLS, London; Neo-Pagan Bitch Witch’, curated by Lucy Stein and Franc-Lise McGurn, Evelyn Yard, London; Je Suis Feministe, Penarth Centre, London (all 2016); Repeating, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster; and CLINIC, a two-person exhibition with Patricia L Boyd, YEARS, Copenhagen (2014).

Forthcoming projects include, MODEL at Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, September 2019.

Sponsors and collaborators

Bradley’s work is in the Arts Council England National Collection. Bradley was the second recipient of the Freelands Foundation Artist Programme and has received awards from Arts Council England and Creative Scotland.

Course(s) I teach on

  • Undergraduate | Full-time | 2019

  • Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time (day) | 2019