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Rachel Maloney is an artist, filmmaker and researcher and member of the artist duo Thomas & Maloney. She was the Victoria and Albert Museum / University of Brighton Research Fellow from 2019 to 2021. Her project ‘The Matriarchive’ aimed to investigate and re-frame the narrative of domestic photographic materials from the V&A collections to examine the often-marginalised memories and experiences of women in the home. Rachel’s practice utilises experimental analogue photography and moving image techniques and often incorporates domestic materials from her family collections to explore ways of re-imagining and re-telling.
Employment & Experience

Guest Lecture for the University of Falmouth
Visual Communications BA (Hons) for the Research module 'Find'
March 2022.
Guest Speaker for the University of Louisville (US)
English department lecture series: The Materiality of Writing, Reading, and Research. Jan 2022.
Research Fellow at the V&A Museum Research Institute (VARI) in partnership with the University of Brighton
October 2019 - September 2021.
Guest Lecturer 
V&A / RCA History of Design MA (Photography Pathway)
March 2020 - present
Technical Demonstrator in Photography
The University of Brighton
January 2016- Present
Archive Technician/Digitisation Officer
The University of Sussex Special Collections based at the Keep Archives
June 2016- January 2018.
Senior Clinical Photographer / Medical Photographer
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
October 2009 - September 2013
Associate Artist with Arts Organisation Situation Rhubarb
March - December 2012.
Gallery Assistant Volunteer The Globe Gallery
Graduate Fellow Northumbria University
September 2008- July 2009.
Volunteer and Photography Project Co-ordinator
The Art Room, St Nicholas hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne 
September 2005-August 2007




-'The spaces between family photographs', an essay commissioned for the Difficult Darkroom Womxn Collective’s Adapt and Adjust’ exhibition catalogue. Sept 2021.

-The Matriarchive Album and exhibition leaflet with essays by Rachel Maloney and Annebella Pollen. (University of Brighton Special Collections). 2021.

- The V&A Magazine: 'Books of Life' article Summer 2021 Edition.

-V&A Museum 'Looking for the Matriarchive' blog post. January 2021.

-Centre for Design History (University of Brighton) 'Research in Lockdown' blog post. May 2020.

Talks and Seminars

- Brighton CCA, Online Talk - 'the doing and the unfixing of family photographs' an in-conversation event with Annebella Pollen. Chaired by Polly Wright. 9 September 2021.

- V&A Research Institute (VARI), Seminar – negotiating a practice-led research project in lockdown with Q&A. Chaired by Elaine Tierney. 22 June 2021.

- V&A Museum Photography Forum, Talk – Archives and practice-based research projects, chaired by Dan Cox. 10th March 2020.

- The Centre for Design History (University of Brighton), Seminar series Female voices in the Archive. Chaired by Annebella Pollen. 6th Feb 2020.

Exhibitions, Performances & Residencies
Artist Open Houses, the Red Door, Brighton. A showcase of work and delivery of Cyanotype workshops by the Thomas & Maloney collective. May 2023.

Family and Other Ties, University for the Creative Arts Farnham. Group exhibition of artists selected from an open call by the Family Ties Network. Oct - Dec 2022.

A slow creeping, Thomas & Maloney collective at Metropolis Gallery for Brighton Photo Fringe. A Collaborative exhibition and series of events / workshops. Oct 2022.

Telling Pictures, group show of work from members of the University of Brighton’s Research Excellence Group. The University of Brighton Edward Street Gallery. 2022.
The Matriarchive, Brighton CCA Dorset place gallery,
a showcase of work created during a practice-led Research Fellowship with the V&A Museum Research Institute (VARI) and the University of Brighton. 2-17 September 2021
Remember what binds you, a collaborative exhibition by Rachel Maloney and Kirsty Thomas. Gallery 40, 1st-11th October, 2020. Brighton Photo Fringe 2020.
Salon, a showcase of work by professional services staff at the University of Brighton. Edward Street building, University of Brighton. August - October 2019.
Tim Andrews: Over the Hill and Far Away, a group exhibition and artist talk at the Regency Townhouse as part of Brighton Photo Fringe 2018.
Sussex Open 2017, Open call for group show at Towner gallery Eastbourne. 2017
Lie of the Land, Gallery 40 as part of Brighton Photo Fringe 2016.

After Desire, Brighton MA Photography 2015 Graduate show,
University of Brighton's Grand Parade Gallery. 18th-25th September 2015.
A Partial Index, Baltic 39, photographic submission to project and exhibition led by Peter Merrington and Tijana Stevanovic. August 2014.
Built Around You, Situation Rhubarb residency and group exhibition, Newcastle upon Tyne.  4th October– 2nd November 2012. 
The Borders Project, curated by Situation Rhubarb,  group exhibition, workshops and artist discussion, Newcastle upon Tyne. 16th February–7th March 2012.  
No. 1 Woodbine, Heaton Allotment Residency, solo residency and exhibition.2009. 
Emerging Artists, Gallery North Project Space,
Northumbria University, 29th May- 21st June 2009.   
Consequences group exhibition and artist talks, The Hatton Gallery,
Newcastle University. 27th February- 21st March 2009.  
Public Announcement, Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Live solo performance and artist discussion. 30th January 2009.


Platform 00000008, The Star and Shadow Cinema, live performance with Hannah Marsden and Claire Rowlands. December 2008.  
Life Work Art Conference, Star and Shadow Cinema, Individual performance of Fast/Feast. 28th November 2008.  
Helios, Selected graduates group show, The Biscuit Factory Gallery,
Newcastle upon Tyne. October 30th - 23rd Nov 2008. 
New Shoots College Showcase, AOP Galley, London,
30th June- 5th July, 2008.  
eight minutes, Northumbria University Photography Degree Show, June 2008. 
tokens of absence, interactive installation at the
Literary and Philosophical Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, January 2007.
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