Visual Artist, Filmmaker. Artistic Facilitator Based at B&D Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne

MA Film Studies, University of Northumbria
BA Film Studies and Sociology, University of Northumbria.

– Dip in Final Cut Pro Editing, London Academy of Media and Film.
– Dip Documentary Filmmaking, London Academy of Media and Film.
– NCFE CACHE Mental Health Awareness, Gateshead College.
– Autism Awareness, Friends Action North East.
– Dementia Awareness, Dementia Friends.

As a mixed media artist and arts freelancer Rachel Eleanor Brook produces conceptual and abstract art, artist film/moving-image and digital art. Crossing boundaries between artistic production, digital production and found objects her tangible work explores ambient perspectives of ability, illness, death and dying. Rachel’s artist film work presents a range of dream-like perspectives, combining surrealism with art documentary. Rachel lives with an invisible disability that impacts her sleep, physical and mental energy levels and mental health.

Rachel has a deeply personal interest in independent, community-based social change, particularly in relation to her community and freelance arts work. Aiming, where possible, to engage in local and regional independent work and engage with communities and other independent workers. She has facilitated artist film workshops at Tynedale Hospice at Home, has produced work for The Newbridge Project For Solidarity Campaign and for Arts and Heritage. She has worked on creative events with Monkfish Productions CIO and Northern Creative Solutions as a creative producer. In 2021 to early 2022 Rachel worked with Ripon Museum Trust to empower young people with alternative learning styles to have creative conversations about fairness. Rachel is currently commissioned as a resident artist at Arbeia Roman Fort exploring hidden histories with regional participants as part of the 1900 year anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall.

Rachel has an MA in Film Studies and a BA in Film Studies and Sociology from the University of Northumbria and diplomas from the London Academy of Media and Film in Video Editing and Documentary Filmmaking. Rachel is currently a member of The Newbridge Project’s Create/Disrupt programme for artists with alternative routes into art. For her community interest work Rachel has completed training in Mental Health Awareness, Autism Awareness and Dementia Friends training. Rachel is also a trained barber.