Rachel Gadsden is a multi-award-winning artist who is exhibited internationally across the mainstream and disability art sectors, developing cross-cultural visual dialogues in a consideration of the human condition.

Having a life-long lung condition, and being then, fifteen years ago, diagnosed with retinoschisis, Rachel has turned her life’s passion into a means of championing those with visual impairment, and of working to empower others to find a voice to expose and challenge prejudice. Rachel’s visual impairment becomes a component that she brings to bear in her work, a way of ‘seeing’ people, in portraiture, in interpreting the world around. Her lung condition – the treatment of which requires life-saving injections by means of a syringe-driver administered at minute intervals – facilitates the exploration of fragility and resilience.

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