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Ms Karen J Raney

Programme Leader - Professional Doctorate in Fine Art

Architecture and Visual Arts, ATI

Professional Doctorate in Fine Art Programme Leader

  • AVA G.50, Docklands Campus
    School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI)
    University of East London
    Docklands Campus
    E16 2RD
  • +442082233411

    MA Creative Writing Goldsmiths College

    MA Visual Theory UEL

    DipAD John Cass School of Art

    BSc Duke University, USA

    Teaching and professional roles:

    Programme Leader DFA 2013- present

    Programme tutor DFA 2001-2013

    Module leader MA Fine Art Critical Concepts  2000-2019

    Editor Engage journal 2000-2015

    Visual Arts Officer, Arts Council England 1999-2000

    Research fellow, Middlesex University 1996-1999

    FHEA  2012

    2016- present: Peer reviewer Journal of Contemporary Painting
    2017 - External Academic Reviewer, DFA and DDes, University of Hertfordshire
     2008-2011 External examiner PhDs - Institute of Education


    Current Research

    2020 shortlisted for Costa Book Award
    2017 winner, Pat Kavanaugh Literary Prize



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    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 Museum, engage vol 28, autumn 2011
    (2011) Exchange: artists, young people and galleries, engage: vol 27, spring 2011
    (2010) Marketing and Gallery Education, engage 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



    Psychoanalytic models of Imagination; Contemporary art; Museum and gallery education; Visual literacy, Pedagogy of art theory and practice.



    FAD001, D-level Research
    FAM001, FAM005
    Professional Doctorate in Fine Art
    MA in Fine Art
    Editor, engage journal, 2000 - 2015