The Bowes Museum > Exhibitions > 2018 > Untitled 10 > Rachel Emily Taylor

Rachel Emily Taylor - Artist


Rachel makes works that explore a historical place or object, using live processes, sound, photography, drawing and text. She is currently completing a PhD in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, exploring the role of the artist in heritage practice. 

Previously, Rachel has worked with the Bronte Parsonage Museum, The Foundling Museum, the Horniman Museum and the Museum of Witchcraft & Magic.

Rachel on #Untitled10


The Bowes Museum was conceived by John and Joséphine Bowes. Joséphine laid the first stone in 1869, but both would not live to see the completion of their building. 

I will be researching and developing a commission in response to Joséphine’s health, who during the museum build, grew sicker and continued taking potassium sulphide baths, laced with sulphuric acid, that turned her nails black; ‘she grew ever more neurotic, she was terrified of mice but developed a liking for rooks’.

Like Joséphine, I will spend time with rooks, as part of the research-driven art practice; watching, listening, recording, and photographing these birds.  I will also work closely with The Bowes Museum Archive and Library, searching for letters that remark on Joséphine’s health and behaviour, and respond to these texts through explorations in sound, photography and writing, which will be applied to the Museum interior.