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
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  • 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

  • 2020 All the Water in the World, Two Roads, John Murray, UK. ISBN 9781473694903
  • 2020-2021 translations Vielleicht Auf Einem Anderen Stern (Germany, Diana Verlag. 9783453360518)
  • Visi Pasaulio Vandenys (Lithuania,Baltos Lankos. 9786094793356
  • Toda a Agua Do Mundo (Brazil, Globo. ISBN 9786586047998)
  • (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

Develop your own 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 is the UK's longest-running Professional Doctorate in Fine Art. It is designed for those who wish to make their practice the basis for doctoral study.

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  • FA8000 Research Methodologies and Professional Development