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Rachel Hannan was born in 1971 overlooking Newcastle Beach, NSW.


After completing her Fine Arts Degree at Newcastle University in 1992 with a High Distinction in Painting Rachel directed her energies towards the performing arts where she began her successful career as a jazz vocalist and recording artist and has been teaching vocals since 1996.


Rachel maintained her art practice through one-off wearable art pieces, sculptural light fittings and handmade painted jewellery. 

In 2008 Rachel returned to the studio and oil painting with a renewed freedom and a relaxed, less analytical approach.

Rachel exhibits regularly at Day Gallery, Blackheath



2021: Lethbridge Small Scale Works, Finalist - Lethbridge Gallery, Paddington, Queensland

2021: Solo “On the Edge” - Purple Noon Gallery, Freeman’s Reach, NSW

2021: Solo “The Big and the Small of It” - Day Gallery, Blackheath, NSW  link

2019: Solo "Inside Outside Upside Down" - Day Gallery, Blackheath, NSW 


2019: Naked and Nude Art Prize, Finalist - Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, NSW

2019: Blue Mountains Portraits - Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, NSW


2018: Christmas Works - Floral Ink, Wentworth Falls, NSW

2018: Group Christmas Show - Day Gallery, Blackheath, NSW

2018: Solo "Brazen" - Day Gallery, Blackheath, NSW

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2018: Fisher's Ghost Art Award, Contemporary Finalist - Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW

2018: Kangaroo Valley Art Prize, Finalist - Kangaroo Valley, NSW

2018: Calleen Art Award, Finalist - Cowra Regional Art Gallery, Cowra, NSW

2017: Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Director's Choice Award, Winner - "Summer Exposure", Springwood, NSW


2017: Ceramic vessels and wearable - Lyttleton Stores Atelier, Lawson, NSW

2107: Little Things Art Prize, Finalist - Saint Cloche Gallery, Paddington, NSW

2017: Group Show - Emma's Cottage Vineyard, Lovedale, NSW

2017: Solo: “Wild Thing” - Braemar Gallery, Springwood, NSW



2016: “Perlucere” 2 person show - Virgin Walls, Blackheath NSW



2011: Solo: “Warp and Weft” - Art Systems Wickham, Newcastle NSW


2011: Solo: “Layers and Abstraction” - Number 47, Rylstone NSW


2011: “Group Show” - Hathill Gallery, Blackheath NSW


2010: “Double Vision” 2 person show - Hathill Gallery, Blackheath NSW 


1992: “Watt Decade” Group Show - Watt Space, Newcastle NSW


1992: Graduate Show University of Newcastle, Newcastle NSW

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