Rachael Minott is Curator of Anthropology (Social Practice) at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
She is a Jamaican-born artist and curator, with a BA in Art and the History of Art from the University of Reading, and an MA in Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas from the Sainsbury’s Research Unit.
She champions the idea of self-authored histories and challenging the concept of neutrality in public spaces. She advocates for creatively exploring curatorial approaches through ethical collaboration by using, and giving equal credit to, expertise gained through academia, arts practice, lived experience and work experience, trusting that it is in the intersection of this expertise where innovation occurs.
Previous curatorial work has been with Birmingham Museums Trust, the London Transport Museum, Reading Museum and the Robert Sainsbury Library.
As an artist she has taken part in the 4th Ghetto Biennale in Port au Prince, Haiti 2015, and the Jamaica Biennial 2017. She was the recipient of the Owen Ridley award for art (2014), and finalist for the Platform award for art (2014). Her work focuses on Caribbean heritage and the process of remembering.
In 2018, Rachael was elected to the Museum Association Board of Trustees - a position she will hold until 2021.