Secretary | Council - Rachel O’Connor

Visual Art and Design Teacher | Northern College of Arts and Technology

Rachel currently teaches visual art and design at a specialist senior secondary, the Northern College of the Arts and Technology in Preston, as well as being a practicing artist exhibiting locally. She has been a part of the Teacher Art Maker Project through the University of Melbourne for the last ten years as well as maintaining a studio practice and working in community arts, textiles and fashion.  

Rachel’s previous experience in arts education includes teaching at Marymede Catholic College and Trinity Grammar. Additionally, she has been designing and delivering community arts projects for almost twenty years. This work has included working with the City of Yarra, City of Whittlesea and City of Melbourne, many of which have been undertaken through the City of Melbourne’s Art Play and Signal Art Spaces. Rachel has also partnered with Regional Arts Victoria on outreach drawing programs and has undertaken residencies in art and education at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. 

Becoming a teacher was a natural progression for Rachel and she completed a Master in Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Melbourne in 2010. This study built on her previous endeavours, which include a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Art) Honours, from the Australian National University, for which she was awarded the University Medal. 

Rachel is a passionate teaching artist who strives to share a deep love and enthusiasm for art making, creative exploration and creative communities. She believes that through making and creating, sharing ideas and knowledge we can all find ways to be more fulfilled humans and create more engaged and cohesive societies.