Rachel Wells is a Visiting Tutor (History and Theory) at the Ruskin.
Her 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 relation between scale and distance in art and questions of recognition, responsibility and historicism. Her writing has been published by Tate, Art History and The Oxford Art Journal, amongst 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 Institute, 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 Institute of Art, London (2008-9). She received her PhD (2008) and MA (2004) from the Courtauld Institute 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.