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Rachel Wells

Dr Rachel Wells is a Senior Ruskin Tutor in the History and Theory of Fine Art

Rachel’s research focuses on modern and contemporary art, with particular interest in issues of scale and distance, and their relation to globalisation, migration and war. Recent publications have focused on the use of scale and distance in art and questions of recognition, loss and the construction of histories. Rachel’s writing has been published by Tate, Art History and the Oxford Art Journal, among others, and her book Scale in Contemporary Sculpture (Ashgate, 2013) was released in paperback by Routledge in 2016.

Rachel has been an invited speaker at the Universities of Durham, Edinburgh, Milan, Newcastle, Oxford, Sunderland and the Courtauld Insitute of Art, London. She has given invited talks and tours at galleries and museums including the Ashmolean, Baltic, the Hayward Gallery, the Laing Art Gallery, Modern Art Oxford, The Photographers’ Gallery and Tate Britain.

Rachel was Lecturer in the History and Theory of Art at Newcastle University (2011-2018), Tutor in Fine Art (History and Theory) at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (2009-2011), and Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Courtauld Insitute of Art (2008-9). She received her PhD (2008) and MA (2004) from the Courtauld Institue of Art, London University. Prior to her study in the History of Art, Rachel read English at Cambridge University (BA 2003). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In 2021-22 Rachel is teaching the BFA courses ‘Contemporary Art History and Theory: An Introduction’ with Professor Jason Gaiger, ‘Art and Distance’ with Professor Malcolm Bull and ‘(Re)Constructing History: Contemporary Art and the Monument’. She also tutors finalists’ extended essays.