Rachel Marsden is a curator, art consultant, PhD researcher, arts and culture writer, and avid blogger in the field of contemporary art, music and visual culture, specifically Chinese contemporary visual culture, since 2010 living between the UK and Shanghai (China).


In January 2014, she founded ‘The Temporary’, a new transcultural exchange platform examining “temporary” and ephemeral experience in art, architecture, design, music, sound, performance and culture between the UK and China.


She is also Coordinator (part-time) for the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) (Birmingham (UK) and China) and worked as Research Curator (October 2012-April 2014) for the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA, formerly Chinese Arts Centre) (Manchester, UK). She has also gained experience at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, USA), Today Art Museum (Beijing, China), Guangdong Art Museum (Guangzhou, China), ShContemporary 2012 Art Fair (Shanghai, China), Wolverhampton Art Gallery (Wolverhampton, UK), New Art Exchange (Nottingham, UK) and Tate Liverpool (Liverpool, UK).


In her final months of PhD studies at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD, UK), in association with the CCVA, she critically examines the translation, through global interpretations, of contemporary Chinese art since 1980, specifically the notion of “transcultural” curators and “transcultural” curatorial practice. In an academic capacity, she have given lectures and papers internationally, currently Lecturer in MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice at University of Lincoln (UK), and in the past Course Leader at Academy of International Visual Arts (AIVA) (Shanghai, China), and Visiting Lecturer at Christies Education (UK), Loughborough University (UK) and University of Wolverhampton (UK).


As an arts and culture writer, she writes a blog (Rachel Marsden’s Words) on her professional practice with personal reference, contributes to in-print/online magazines and academic journals including Randian and ‘Art Radar Asia, and works as copy editor for books and exhibition catalogues worldwide.


In addition to this, she is interested in the realm of self-publishing, is a practicing text and book artist exhibiting and facilitating bookbinding, bookmaking and paper-based workshops in galleries, museums and educational institutions, regionally to internationally, part of the book arts collective AMBruno.


Rachel is someone who “connects the dots that people can't see” (Richard Hsu, TEDx Ambassador in China) through her ability to foster transcultural relationships and develop understanding between diverse creatives and cultures, specifically China and the UK.

Rachel Marsden  马十灯



(website under re-construction - 2014)