Rachel Carter

Derbyshire, UK



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B.A.Hon Degree in Applied Art & Design, University of Derby
Foundation Studies in Fine Art, Castle College, Nottinghamshire
A Level in Fine Art, Castle College, Nottinghamshire
B Tec National Diploma in Hotel, Catering & Institutional Operations, University of Derby
GCSE’s Aldercar Comprehensive, Langley Mill, Nottingham


2014 Four Gold Stars, RHS Chelsea Flower Show
2013 Shortlisted for International Emerging Artist Award Grants for the Arts
2012 RHS Commendation for presentation Shortlisted for Belvadean Master Crafts Award
2011 Short-listed for RHS Chelsea Product of the Year RHS Merit Award
2010 Cultivate ‘Progress II’ mentoring program Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England
2009 Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England Cultivate ‘Progress’ Award
2008 Cultivate ‘Progress’ mentoring program
2006 The Charles Sissons Cup for Innovation in the garden.



2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Holmefirth Art Fair
Melbourne Festival Arts Trail Harley Open Studios
Fresh, One Church Street Gallery Leeds Castle, Kent
Doddington Hall Sculpture Exhibition RHS London Plant & Design Show
2013 RHS London Plant & Design Show Harrogate Spring Fair
Delamore Art in the Garden
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Clerkenwell Design Week
The Sculpture Garden at Bertley House Art in the Garden at The Park, Nottingham Art in the Botanical Garden, Leicester Coughton Court Sculpture Exhibition Winter Pride, London
2012 Solo show, Charlecote Park, Warwickshire Kyiv Botanical Gardens, Ukraine Himalayan Sculpture Garden
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire Showborough House
2011 InTheFrame,TheBeetrootTreeGallery Flair 2011, The Ferrers Gallery Derbyshire Open Arts Exhibition
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Fresh Air, Quenington Sculpture Trust Sculpture In The Sanctuary
Carnival of Monsters
Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition
2010 Rufford Craft Gallery
Process Exhibition, Burghley House Cotswolds House Hotel Sculpture Exhibition Himalayan Sculpture Garden
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Melbourne Art’s Trail
Shed 2 Studios Open Studio Event
Royal Derby Hospital
Sutton Bonnington Arts and Garden Event
2009 Best of East Exhibition, Ferrers Gallery Restriction Release Exhibition,
The Beetroot Tree Gallery
Draycott Arts and Garden Trail
Sutton Bonnington Arts and Garden Event Fresh Air 09, Quenington Sculpture Trust The Sculpture Show 09
Sculpture In The Sanctuary
Melbourne Festival
Art in The Garden, Sheffield Botanical Gardens Beauty By Design Exhibition, Newstead Abbey Harley Gallery Christmas Event


Artist In Residence
2015 Orangery, Arboretum Park, Derby
2013 Charlecote Park, Winter Artist 2012 King George V Gallery
2011 Alford Manor House
2011 Creswell Crags

About the work
Each Bronze sculpture is created by hand weaving with wax lengths in Rachel’s trademark woven swirls to create the spherical sculpture. The wax sculpture is then transported to Pangolin Editions foundry to be transformed into bronze using the age old lost wax technique.


This new sculpture is totally unique and the first of its kind, it can’t be replicated or moulded ensuring every piece is a one off.


The sculptures are suitable for both interior display or garden display and are available in two portable sizes and a range of colours. Each Mini Bronze takes around 12 weeks to complete.


Larger bronzes are available to commission.


About the artist
Rachel Carter creates woven sculptural pieces using resistant materials such as Cast Bronze and Copper. Trained at The University of Derby in Applied Arts, she mixes her love of art and design with her passion for the environment. Inspiration for her work comes from geometric patterns found in flowers and plants and the English countryside. Nature creates beautiful fluid shapes and these find their way into Rachel’s sculptures.


Every piece is hand worked by Rachel using a range of weaving techniques from Crochet to Basketry to Macrame, combined with Rachel’s trademark swirl weave to create sculptures using one material in a continuous length. Weaving requires a process of reflective practice, using a range of hand weaving techniques to discover the correct process to produce the most effective results with each chosen material. This practice ensures that every creation is a unique, one-off piece that can only be woven by Rachel.


Her career began using mild steel combined with willow to create large sculptures with her most widely known sculpture The Willow Grand Sphere has been exhibited widely including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Kyiv Botanical Gardens. Although Rachel no longer works in willow, the techniques and processes developed with this material has transferred to other more resistant materials.


In 2013 Rachel became the first artist to weave in wax to create Bronze sculptures using the Direct Lost Wax Method and her Bronze Sphere now sits within the World Heritage Site, The Derwent Valley. Since then Rachel has been developing the wax weaving technique further to create new fluid shapes.




Own Art

– Is available for UK residents to buy original works of art and craft by living artists

– Allows you to borrow as little as £100 or up to £2,500

– Lets you pay back in 10 monthly interest free instalments

– Can be used as a part payment towards works costing more than £2,500


Tarpey Gallery
77 High Street
Castle Donington
De74 2pq

Opening Times

Thursday – Sunday
10am – 5pm


0777 240 4293

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