karen raney

karen Raney

Programme Leader

Department of Architecture & Visual Arts , School of Arts and Creative Industries

 Programme Leader for the Professional Doctorate in Fine Art.

Areas Of Interest

  • Psychoanalytic models of Imagination
  • Contemporary art
  • Museum and gallery education
  • Visual literacy, Pedagogy of art theory and practice
On This Page


  • 2021 Runner-up for Society of Authors Paul Torday Literary prize
  • 2021 Nominated for Society of Authors McKitterick Literary prize
  • 2020 shortlisted for Costa Book Award
  • 2017 winner, Pat Kavanaugh Literary Prize


Selected publications

  • (2019)  All the Water in the World (a novel).  USA: Scribner.  UK: Two Roads.
  • (2015) Twenty-five Years of Gallery Education, engage vol 35, spring 2015
  • (2014) Experiencing Gallery Architecture, engage vol 34, summer 2014
  • (2013) Critical Craft, engage vol 33, winter 2013
  • (2013) Citizenship and Belonging,engage vol 32, spring 2013 |
  • (2012) The Past in the Present, engage vol 31, autumn 2012 |
  • (2012) Art and the Olympics, engage vol 29, spring 2012|
  • (2011) 'An Interview with David Dabydeen' in Macedo, L. (ed) Pak's Britannica. Kingston: University of West Indies Press, pp. 184-197.
  • (2011)The New and Renewed Museumengage vol 28, autumn 2011
  • (2011) Exchange: artists, young people and galleriesengage: vol 27, spring 2011
  • (2010) Marketing and Gallery Educationengage vol 26, autumn 2010
  • (2010) Family Learning, engage vol 25, spring 2010
  • (2009) 'Artist voices: Roshini Kempadoo and Rob Pyecroft-Rainbow,' in engage vol 24 Digital Doorways, pp. 62-77.
  • (2008) 'Representing Disability' in engage 23, Spring 2008, pp 64-72.
  • (2007) 'Goldfinger: Faisal Abdu'Allah', in Art of Negotiation, D. Butler and V. Reiss, London: Arts Council.
  • (2003) Art in Question, London and NY: Continuum Press.
  • (2001) 'Half-Life: sketching with the palm pilot' in engage vol. 10, Sept 2001, pp. 46-52.
  • (2000) 'Visual Literacy and the Art Curriculum' in Journal of Art and Design Education, 8.1, 
  • (1999) 'Art Education and Talk: from modernist silence to postmodern chatter', with H.Hollands, Sefton-Greene & Sinker (eds) Evaluating Creativity, Routledge, pp. 16-42.
  • (1997) Visual Literacy: issues and debates, London:  Middlesex University Press.

Selected Conferences

  • 2014 'Cross-talking: gallery education and curatorial strategies' at Curating Art History colloquium, University of Birmingham
  • May 2013 Keynote address, 'Double Agents: Research in the Service of Art'. Engaging Methodology conference, University of Brighton.
  • April 2012 'Integrating Theory and Practice in a Fine Art Doctorate', Conference paper, UKCGE's 3rd conference on professional doctorates, European University, Florence.
  • Feb 2004 Speaker and group chair, The Treason of Images, Tate Modern, London
  • June 2001 speaker, Picturing Literacy, Tate Modern, London
  • Sept. 1998 'Ambiguity in drawing' - keynote address, at DRAW-UM: a research forum for the discussion of priorities and values in Art & Design Education, Loughborough University
  • June 1997 'Art History into Visual Culture', Art Historians in Action conference, Art Historians Association & Tate Gallery, London
  • April 1997 'Reflections on Painting', Arts, Media and Representation Colloquium, Carleton University, Ottawa
  • Aug 1996 'Framing visual and verbal experience', AN's Round Midnight Education Colloquium, Charlotte Mason College, Cumbria


MA Fine Art

Our course encourages you to develop your ambitious and innovative work within the supportive atmosphere of studio-based practice and under the close supervision of some of Britain's leading artists.

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Prof Doc Fine Art

This programme is the UK's longest-running Professional Doctorate in Fine Art and is equivalent to a PhD. It is designed for artists working across a range of media and methodologies who wish to make their practice the basis for doctoral study.

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  • FA8000 Research Methodologies and Professional Development