Rachael Thomas is Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Thomas is a Leonardo fellow at Trinity University and contributor to MA/ art in the contemporary world at NCAD. Thomas has curated various exhibitions including solo surveys of the American Fluxus and feminist artist Eleanor Antin, Thomas Ruff, Karen Kilimnik, Margherita Manzelli, Willie Doherty, Sophie Calle and Mark Manders. She initiated and organised with Philippe Parreno the seminal international group show of post relational aesthetics .all hawaii eNtrées / luNar reGGae, artists included featuring Thomas Demand, Liam Gillick, Carsten Höller, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Garrett Phelan and Tino Sehgal.
She has introduced a new project strand to IMMA bringing to Ireland solo and group projects by young international artists such as Gerard Byrne, Franz Ackermann, Pierre Huyghe and Thomas Demand and ground breaking virtual retrospective with artist Jorge Pardo. Thomas initiated and curated the critically acclaimed off-site project video with Dorothy Cross, Stalactite, Cork 2011. Thomas curated and initiated the Welsh pavilion for Venice Biennale 2001, an intervention project entitled ‘When the Dragon Wakes’ with Cerith Wyn Evans. Supported by Jay Jopling/ Whitecube Gallery London, Art newspaper and the British Council. This was documented by Art in America. In 2008 Thomas curated Gerard Byrne at the Lyon Biennale.
Thomas was awarded a Millennium Fellowship to produce papers on global frameworks of contemporary art practice at Tate Britain, London. In 2006, she curated the Irish Pavilion, New Territories, ARCO ’06, Madrid. She has lectured on the role of the curator at various symposia such as ‘Curating Now’ and ‘The Role of Painting in the 21st Century’ and contemporary Irish art at the Guggenheim with Nancy Spector. As a writer, she has published widely in journals and exhibition catalogues including an interview with Michael-Craig Martin and texts on artists such as Dorothy Cross, Gerard Byrne, Eleanor Antin, Sophie Calle, Pierre Huyghe, Alex Katz, Paul Morrison, Garrett Phelan and Thomas Scheibitz. She is actively pursuing research on the politics of space with philosophers such as Giorgio Agamben.