Contact


rachel.s.mcbrinn@gmail.com

About


I am an artist and filmmaker based in Edinburgh. My filmmaking practice is rooted in conversation and relationship building, incorporating elements of observational documentary, experimental image-making, and often builds upon long term site-responsive and archival research. Recent work has formed around the themes of land management, town planning, urban and rural ecologies, and home.

I am currently artist in residence at Rhubaba, Edinburgh, where my research centres around my hometown Livingston, one of Scotland’s post-war New Towns. A film and publication titled Are you going my way? are forthcoming in 2023. 

Other recent projects include the Argyll Beacon Film Commission from Cove Park and ACT Argyll. This film responds to Scotland’s rainforest and is made in collaboration with Alison Scott.

I am the Contemporary Art Practice Course Leader at Leith School of Art.

Education


Master of Fine Art with Distinction, Glasgow School of Art, 2017-19
First Class BA (Hons) in Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, 2010-14

Selected Awards & Residencies


Artist in Residence, Rhubaba, Edinburgh, 2021-23 (ongoing)
Argyll Beacon Film Commission, with Alison Scott, Cove Park and ACT, 2022
LUX Project Bootcamp, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, 2019
Artist in Residence, RSPB Forsinard Flows, 2019
Shortlisted Artist, The Sainsbury Scholarship, The British School at Rome, 2017
Emerging Artist Bursary Award, Creative Scotland & City of Edinburgh Council, 2016-17
Shortlisted Artist, LUX Scotland SUPERLUX Research & Development Award 2016
RSA Residencies for Scotland Award, Edinburgh Printmakers & RSA Collections, 2015-16
Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship to Florence, 2014
Alexander Flynn Bequest Prize, Edinburgh College of Art, 2013

Selected Exhibitions and Events


Online Screening, Congenial Soils and Favourable Situations (with Alison Scott), via Cove Park, 2-30 Nov 2022
Encounters with Climate, screening at CCA Glasgow, 1 Nov 2022
Artist talk, with Alison Scott and SCAN, SCVO The Gathering, June 2022
Congenial Soils and Favourable Situations, screening at Climate Café, Cove Park, May 2022
Commission for Edinburgh International Science Festival, 2020 (cancelled due to Covid-19)
MFA ‘Ones to Watch’ at citizenM, Glasgow, 2019
MFA Degree Show, The Glue Factory, Glasgow, 2019
Orange and Teal, live performance broadcast on Radiophrenia, 2019
MFA WIP Screening, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, 2019
Last edit made seconds ago, with Ben Callaghan, The Lighthouse, Glasgow, 2018
Last edit made seconds ago, with Ben Callaghan Custom Lane, Edinburgh, 2017
SUMMA, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2017

Selected Professional Experience


VACMA Panel Member, City of Edinburgh Council & Creative Scotland, Oct 2021 - present
Course Leader, Contemporary Art Practice Course, Leith School of Art, Edinburgh, Sep 2020 - present
Research Assistant, Glasgow School of Art, May 2021 - present
LSA Lectures: Meeting the Gaze, Leith School of Art, Edinburgh, Feb-March 2021
Videographer, freelance, 2017 - present