Rachel Botha (The Douglas Hyde Gallery / Catalyst Arts / Independent)

My curatorial practice responds to the local context and investigates how people perceive their social framework.

I hold a BA in History of Art & Architecture from Trinity College Dublin, and a Master’s degree in Visual Culture & Critical Studies from Technological University Dublin. I was the recipient of ArtLink’s Emerging Artist Award Bursary (2019, 2020), and the Moth Residency Award from Kilkenny Arts Office (2018). I have written for the Visual Artists’ News Sheet, CIRCA Art Magazine and various publications. I have most recently worked in arts organisations such as Poetry Ireland and Fire Station Artists’ Studios, as well as at the Venice Biennale (2019) and Galería Alarcón Criado, Seville (2018). I am a co-director of Catalyst Arts Belfast and the Emerging Curator in Residence at the Kilkenny Arts Office.

At present I am the Provost’s Curatorial Fellow at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in Trinity College Dublin. This fellowship entails hands-on work experience, self-directed research and mentorship. The Fellowship fosters new generations of arts professionals by giving practical experience of working within one of Ireland’s leading contemporary art spaces.


Curator’s Areas of Interest:

– I am drawn to work that is experimental and pushes the boundaries of disciplines and mediums.
– Work that is politically and socially engaged.
– The poetic can be powerful, work that exemplifies this.
– Exciting, that there may be potential to think big and see what is achievable.
– An art practice that can be collaborative and allows for interdependent working. between artist and curator.




Rachel Botha is taking part in Speed Curating on Wednesday 6th October

Please Note:
VAI members attending Get Together 2021 can book up to 3 Speed Curating Sessions and 2 Clinics only. If you book more than this we will need to call you to cancel the extra bookings. Please do not over book as this will lead to delays for other artists and may result in other artists missing their chance to book when they are viewing.

A Get Together General Admission ticket is needed to attend Speed Curating and Specialist Clinics. If you do not book your General Admission ticket your Speed Curating and Clinic Bookings will not be valid.  


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