Rachel Davies.
Artist and Filmmaker.

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Rachel graduated with a 1st class degree and short animated film 'Room to Dream' which reached the London Film Festival in 1991. She then travelled to Hong Kong to gain experience on commercials and directed award-winning animation promos for MTV. Returning to the UK for an MA at the Royal College of Art, she has since been making her own work - films which are personal, accessible and emotionally-driven, mixing up genre and technique, to find new languages and to reach wide audiences.

Her extensive and eclectic career has encompassed a number of major collaborations with practitioners from other disciplines. Developing how film can interact with performance, her collaborators have included Robert Cohan, Erstaz Dance, H2 Dance and Akram Khan. She has two works on British Council touring collections.

Rachel has directed seven Channel 4 short film commissions with poets, dancers, musicians and performance artists, as well as a series of educational documentary promos for BBC / Open University, and numerous projected works for dance and theatre collaborations.

In 2001 Rachel was Associate Artist at The Place, developing her personal work within the context of dance and choreography. She gained ACE funding to make 'Gold', a short dance film about gymnasts, which was screened and broadcast on Channel 4 and around the world, and subsequently won a major international art prize, the IMZ Dance Screen Grand Prix in 2006.

The following year, 'The Assembly' a film installation about a girls choir, was commissioned for Manchester International Festival 07, receiving its premiere at Cornerhouse gallery Manchester, followed by Sadlers Wells Lilian Baylis Theatre London. She is currently distributing a single-screen version, funded by ACE.

In 2006/7 Rachel was John Thaw Fellow at Manchester University. She is Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Kingston University, with whom she is currently involved in ‘The Art of Intervention’ – a research project on performance art in Japan.

Rachel is regularly asked to contribute to present workshops and at conferences on screen dance, in UK and abroad.

Her latest collaboration was as projection artist on 'Dear Body' with Protein Dance Theatre, which finished its national tour at QEH in April 09. She is currently working with them on their new piece ‘LOL’, and with Quarantine, for premieres in early 2011.

In 2007 she formed a company, Rachel Davies Film Ltd, with board members Bill Gee (Arts Admin), Emma Gladstone (Sadlers Wells) and Jules Hussey (Brazen TV).

In 2010 Sadlers Wells commissioned her to make ‘The Light Garden’, an interactive video environment for under 4’s, aiming to tour from mid 2011.

Currently she is working with funding from BDE to continue research on themes of family, for interactive film installation work for both adult and child audiences, concluding in Spring 2011.