Rachel Fermi

  • Art and design lecturer
  • Programme leader (joint) for the BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Contextualised Practice

I am interested in working with students to develop both practical and conceptual sophistication in their work and practice. This parallels my own concerns as an artist.  Previous major work includes a large, site specific, installation at Girton College, Cambridge, to mark the 50th anniversary of women being granted degrees by the University of Cambridge. I have collaborated on art-science projects based on my publication 'Picturing the Bomb' (Abrams NY) with groups such as Human Rights Watch, and the CUNY Center for Science and the Arts in New York. In addition to my own art photography practice, I am Creative Director of FLOW Photofest, and co-founder of The Inverness Darkroom in the new Inverness Creative Academy.

Rachel teaches across the art and design curriculum, including:

  • BA Hons Contemporary Art & Contextualized Practice
  • HND Contemporary Art Practice
  • NC Art & Design

Subjects including photography and digital media. 


  • Masters of Fine Art, MFA, Photography, Tyler School of Art, Temple University ,Philadelphia PA. USA
  • BA Hons, First Class, Photographic Studies, University of Derby (formerly Derbyshire College of Higher Education)
  • TQFE, University of Dundee


  • Mary-Amelia-Cummins-Harvey Visiting Fellow-Commoner, Girton College, Cambridge
  • New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities
  • Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts

Technical/research interests

  • Photographic practice and writing

Employment history

  • Lecturer, Art & Design, Moray School of Art, Moray College UHI
  • Assistant Professor, Visual Arts and Media Studies, Pasadena City College, Pasadena CA, USA.


  • Solo and group exhibitions internationally, and in the UK.


  • FLOW Wall, Eden Court, Inverness, 27 May - 13 July 2019
  • 201 Gallery, Strathkiness, 5 October - 16 November 2019


  • Threshold, Notes: Letters to Photography issue 3: Autumn – Winter 2017 
  • Picturing the Bomb: Photographs from the Secret World of the Manhattan Project, by Rachel Fermi and Esther Samra, with an introduction by Richard Rhodes. Abrams NY 1995

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Website: rachelfermi.tumblr.com