Rachel was born in Cape Town, as her father was posted there while serving in the navy; the family went out on the Queen Mary and came back with an extra child on the Union Castle, who won the fancy dress competition while sitting in her pram dressed as a then famous detective. As a child she also lived in Washington DC.

Having spent much of her adult life in West London, she now also live in Sussex where her studio is based (visitors are very welcome, by appointment). She is also a visiting tutor, working for art groups, arts centres, and individuals. 

Throughout Rachel’s working life she has continued to be a professional artist working from her studio at home.  Alongside her Fine Art practice, she has also worked as an illustrator and cartoonist.

Education:Plymouth Art College 1977,Sir John Cass School of Art  Whitechapel 1978, University of Reading 1979 (Fine Art Degree), currently at University College Chichester

tel: 07905 356114

Current practice

Rachel Baylis’ practice involves film, animation and performance.  She is currently working on a series of films and performances, reflecting the importance of communication and connection, locally, globally and personally. Her performances and installations provide a space or an experience for the viewer to reflect and find their own voice and views.  The personal is political.  The purpose of power is to  give it away.

Baylis is based at the University of Chichester, and London. 

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Haven Artists’ group shows 2014 – 2019

Ealing Open Arts Centre

Ealing open studios

Titchfield Haven

Harbour Lights, Southampton

Frivoli Gallery, Chiswick

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

Hampshire Open Studios

Teddington Artists Group shows

Summer and Autumn Art Fairs, London

Battersea Art Fair (“Affordable Art”)

Illustrators and Artists Art Fair (headline artist, Hatfield House)

London Open Studios

Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford

Manadon House, Plymouth

Rolling programme with property developers: Lambert Smith Hampton


  • 2018


    MA University College Chichester

  • 2017

    The Bus Stop Project was launched in the West country



  • 2016


    The Bridge Arts Project, Hampton Court launched

  • 2015

    The London Midsummer Art Fair



  • 2014


    Harbour Lights Solo Exhibition, Southampton

  • 2013

    Express FM radio dj, and teaching and exhibiting

    Teaching and exhibiting eg at Ealing Open Arts, the Haven Artists, Highbury College



  • 2012


    Illustration etc.

    Illustration, ‘Finding your Creativity’+’Drawing for the Terrified” launched

  • 2011

    More Arts Centres

    Ealing Open for silk painting, and drawing/painting for the terrified; Ashcroft Arts Centre:  Finding your Creativity.



  • 2010


    New Theatre Royal Adult drama

    Rachel set up an adult drama course at The New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, inviting professional actors, clowns, sword fighters, breathers etc in, to train adults.  This culminated in an evening’s performance in the theatre for family and friends.