Rachael Moloney

Rachael Moloney

Editor | Writer | CuratorUnited Kingdom
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Rachael Moloney

Rachael Moloney

Editor | Writer | CuratorUnited Kingdom
About me
I have an extensive background in journalism and publishing centred around the arts and lifestyle press. I have also worked in a curatorial and management capacity for creative-industry organisations. My main editorial roles have encompassed writing, editing and project leadership for influential consumer brands, and I have acted as a creative director for digital content. As a curator, my focus has been on arts and design exhibitions exploring sustainability and ethical issues. From 2006 to 2014, I edited Wallpaper* magazine's City Guide series, an acclaimed design-led tour of the globe published by Phaidon. I wrote the debut Reykjavík and 2015 London titles. The Sunday Times, Financial Times, Food Illustrated, Time Out and Vogue are a few of the other publications I have worked on in. While living in New York, I edited the design magazine space, produced for IKEA North American and published by John Brown. From 2017-2020, I worked as Special Projects Assistant to Sir John Sorrell CBE, whose roles include Co-founder and former President of London Design Biennale, Co-foudner and former Chairman of London Design Festival, and Co-Founder of the National Saturday Club. During this time, I assisted John across a spectrum of design, creative-industry and education projects, and organised several high-level events. I am currently working as a freelance editor, writer and curator, with special interests in dance and photography.
  • Dance Writing
    Dance WritingDance is my passion, and talking to dancers and choreographers is always illuminating. In the past few years, for Wallpaper* and Fjord Review, I have interviewed influential choreographer William Forsythe, and star ballerinas Tiler Peck and Alina Cojocaru; I have spoken to Yolande Yorke-Edgell of Yorke Dance Project about turning Kenneth MacMillan's ballet 'Sea of Troubles' into a short film and reviewed the work of Wayne McGregor. Commissioned by Shutterstock, I have also written about the diff
  • What is Design? 100 Definitions
    What is Design? 100 DefinitionsPublished in 2022, 'What is Design? 100 Definitions' was conceived by design-industry pioneer John Sorrell. The book gathers together the thoughts of influential designers, artists and cultural innovators who all acknowledge the vital role that design plays in shaping our lives and addressing the challenges we face. It's a beautifully crafted object in itself, printed at Gwasg Gomer, Ceredigion, and hand-bound at Ludlow Bookbinders, Shropshire. The design is by John Sorrell and David Carroll, an
  • National Saturday Club Annual Review
    National Saturday Club Annual ReviewThe National Saturday Club does vital work, providing free creative education to young people across the UK, many of whom would not otherwise have access to the subjects, teaching and facilities they are offered while taking part in the Club’s year-long programmes. For the past two years, I have worked with the Club to produce a series of features and interviews for the organisation's Annual Review, whose first edition (2021-22) was designed by Pentagram and second edition (2022-23) by Tom McEv
  • Famzine
    FamzineI have a side hustle as co-founder of an archival photography project, The Family Museum, which I started in 2017 with filmmaker Nigel Shephard. The archive is a collection of around 40,000 original amateur family photographs and 600 photo albums, dating from the 1860s to the noughties, which Nigel has put together over a period of 35 years. The project gives us a unique opportunity to share more than a century and a half of found images and visual stories about everyday experiences, which help
  • Shutterstock
    ShutterstockMy latest blog for Shutterstock looks at different approaches to contemporary dance photography. A joy to combine two of my passions.
  • Bonhams x National Saturday Club
    Bonhams x National Saturday ClubThe National Saturday Club offers 13–16 year olds across the UK the opportunity to study creative subjects that inspire them at their local university, college or cultural institution, for free, every Saturday morning. In 2019, while working as Special Projects Assistant to John Sorrell, co-founder with Frances Sorrell of the National Saturday Club, I managed the delivery of a charity auction hosted by Bonhams, London, to raise funds for the ongoing development of the Club's national network and
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Projects credited in
  • London Design Biennale 2018
    London Design Biennale 2018The theme, Emotional States, inspired a diverse, global commentary on our emotionally turbulent times. At Somerset House, 40 countries, cities and territories presented installations that were curated by some of the most distinguished museums and design institutions in the world.
  • Legacy
    LegacyA Victoria and Albert Museum Project
  • Wallpaper* City Guides
    Wallpaper* City GuidesDesign of the first set of 20 Wallpaper* City Guides
Work history
    Editor | Writer | CuratorFreelance
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    London Design Biennale logo
    London Design Biennale logo
    Special Projects Assistant to Sir John Sorrell CBELondon Design Biennale
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
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  • Editing
  • Writing
  • Curation
  • Creative Direction
  • Editorial Commissioning
  • Editorial Concepts