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Rachelle Viader Knowles


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Dr Rachelle Viader Knowles is an artist, educator and researcher. Her most recent works explore text and language, translocality, dialogue as art, and artistic practices/methods developed through participation, collaboration and networks. Her works have been performed, screened, found, played or encountered in numerous international venues including: Conflux, and the Experimental Text Festivals in New York; Three Walls Gallery in Chicago; Residencia Corazon Gallery in La Plata, Argentina; Chapter Gallery in Cardiff, Wales; the Kwangju Biennale in South Korea; the Berlin International Film Festival; the Gyumri Biennale in Armenia; and the Can Gelabert Cultural Centre in Mallorca. In 2007 she was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s contemporary art prize, and in 2008 she was the selected recipient of the Canada Council Paris Studio award. She is an active member of the international advisory board for the Armenian Art Centre of Social Studies based in Yerevan, Armenia.

Previous to her current role at Coventry University, Rachelle served as Head of Visual Arts at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada from 2010 – 2014. Her docotoral research addressed the topic of translocal approaches to dialogue-based art. She holds an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Windsor in Ontario Canada, and a BA (Hons) in Interactive Arts from the University of Wales.

Education/Academic qualification

Art and Media, Doctorate, Plymouth University

1 Oct 201331 Oct 2017

MA, University of Windsor

1 Sep 19941 Jun 1996

Degree, University of Wales

1 Sep 19901 Jun 1993

External positions

External Examiner, University of Hertfordshire

12 Jun 201830 Jun 2022

External Examiner, University of Wales Trinity Saint Davids

1 Sep 20141 Jun 2018


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • Practice-based research
  • socially-engaged art
  • art and technology
  • G Geography (General)
  • translocality

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Research Output 2014 2018

  • 2 Exhibition
  • 1 Conference proceeding
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Other contribution

#3CityLink: Disrupting Learning Through a Translocal Art Pedagogy Exchange Project

Wimpenny, K., Knowles, R. V., Ramsey, C. & Speculand, J. 28 Aug 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : The International Journal of Art & Design Education. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

art production


Knowles, R. V. 7 Mar 2017

Research output: Other contribution

The Dialogic: art work as method

Hammersley, J. & Knowles, R. V. Jul 2016 Unknown Host Publication. National Association of Fine Art Educators

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

research practice
fine arts


Knowles, R. 2016

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


Knowles, R. 2014

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Activities 2003 2014

  • 16 Participation in conference
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Fine Arts Presentation Series

Knowles, R. V. (Speaker)
5 May 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

Think Tank on Research Creation

Knowles, R. V. (Participant)
4 Apr 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

TransWhat?, Transart Symposium

Knowles, R. V. (Speaker)
3 Mar 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

UAAC Conference

Knowles, R. V. (Chair)
6 Jun 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

Fine Arts Presentation Series

Knowles, R. V. (Panel Member)
7 Jul 2012

Activity: Participation in conference