Rachel McClure's work explores urban walking as an artistic practice in Elgin, a small town in the north of Scotland. Walking allows direct contact with our surroundings and Rachel’s work uses this multisensory embodied experience to create and map our environment.

Her practice includes sound recordings, photographs, prints and casts. Using concrete, plaster and cast-iron she aims to capture instances of the walk, the unseen and unnoticed, and to consider the materiality of the urban environment. The displacement of objects and sounds into the gallery focuses attention on aspects of the walk, perhaps to encourage immersion and reconnection the next time one walks down the street.

During Lockdown, her practice moved to walking in the countryside around her house, an intense family time dealing with significant family illness during the pandemic. A time of reflection on global and personal events.

Dedicated to Cal McClure 1994-2021.


Rachel graduated from Moray School of Art, UHI in 2020 with a First Class BA Hons Fine Art (Textiles) degree. As a result of her degree show, she was awarded the Grampian Hospital Arts Trust Exhibition Prize, March 2021 and was selected for the RSA New Contemporaries 2022. She was awarded Creative Scotland VACMA funding in November 2021.