Rachel Withers holds degrees in Fine Art and Critical Studies, and the History of European Art and Architecture. She writes about art and converses with artists.
Since the late 1990s she has been a frequent contributor to Artforum International. She has also written for the Guardian, the New Statesman, Nu: the Nordic Art Review, and the Nordic daily Aftonbladet (amongst other publications) and contributed to the first Tate Modern Handbook, Phaidon’s Vitamin P and Vitamin 3D survey volumes, and assorted catalogues of the Venice and Sydney bienniales (2002, 2005 and 2011). In 2007 Dumont Verlag published her illustrated monograph on the Swiss artist Roman Signer. She has served on the juries of the Jerwood Sculpture Prize (2003), the Max Mara Art Prize for Women (2009-10) and the 2014 International Awards for Art Criticism. She is Secretary of the UK branch of AICA (the Association of International Critics of Art).
Rachel Withers has taught both art theory and art practice to undergraduate and graduate students in U.K. schools and colleges since the early 1990s, and during that time has participated in talks and discussions in diverse art institutions and locations around the world. She is presently Senior Lecturer in the History and Theory of Art and Design at Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University, U.K.