Dr Karen Roulstone

Dr Karen Roulstone

Lecturer in Fine Art

School of Art and Media (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)


Programme Leader MA Contemporary Art Practice. 

Lecturer in Fine Art
Joint Co-ordinator ARC research group.  
PhD supervision.


PhD (Fine Art practice based) University of Plymouth.
MA University of York.
BA University of Exeter (Distinction).

Professional membership

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Roles on external bodies

Editorial board: ujvmc.com/editorial_board

Staff serving as external examiners

2012   Doctoral External Examiner, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.  

Research interests

The expanded field of painting/drawing/video
Research through art practice
Rethinking critical discourses on absence in the visual arts.
Light and notions of the spectral, haunting and the indeterminate.

Other research

Current research students:

Gabrielle Llewellin: Imaging the Tacit Dimension: a combined philosophy of solitude, stillness and silence.
Arlinda Henderson: Holographic Space and Open Sourced Temporality: An Exploration of the Means of Transitory Interference in Art Practice.
Marina Velez: Value in theaesthetic field: practice as a catalyst for translation, meaning and worth.


Research degrees awarded to supervised students

2015   PhD Camilla Nock: Re-animating the Wound: Dermatillomania and Painting
2014   PhD Sarah Chapman: Disrupting the Photograph 
2011   PhD Martin Shaw: How is the Severance/Threshold/Return Progression in both Mythology and Modern Wilderness Rites-of-Passage Established Through Metaphor? 

Grants & contracts

2002    AHRC Major Award for PhD practice led research.
2000    International career development grant, Visual and Media Arts, Art and Cultural Industries,
            Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada.
1999    Canada Arts Council travel grant for solo exhibition in Minneapolis, US.
1999    Ontario Arts Council exhibition assistance grant for solo exhibition in Chicago, US.
1998    Ontario Arts Council grant, emerging artist.

Research groups

  • Arts Research Collective
  • Centre for Media, Art & Design Research (MADr)
  • Moving Image Arts (MIA)

Roulstone KG, Behm A, Chase AG, Germann JG, Grant C, Heath J, Hemus R, Kokoli K, Lauritis BA & Pollock G 2008 'Feminism Reframed' in Kokoli AM Feminism Reframed Cambridge Cambridge Scholars Press 86-106 Publisher Site
Scholarly Editions
Roulstone KG 2012 Foreword to exhibition catalogue Transpositions. University of Plymouth Press
Roulstone KG 2012 Somewhere Other Than Here (foreword). Artist book
Roulstone K, Nicolaou N, Fitz H, Tangney R, Finn E, MacMahon H & Spearman A 0 Between Dog & Wolf. Galway Arts Centre 20170127 0 8
Roulstone KG & Nicholls B 0 After Image. Emerson Gallery 20130801 0 12
Roulstone KG 0 Specular. KARST 20121101 0 1
Roulstone KG 0 Transient Luminous (solo international exhibition). Pavillon am Milchhof, Alteliergemeinschaft Milchhof e. V. 20120928 0 14
Roulstone KG 0 ArtHouses, Whitley Bay Film Festival. Whitley Bay 20120901 0 1
Roulstone KG 0 Spectral Phenomenon I. 7th Berlin Biennale 20120401 0 1
Roulstone KG 0 Videotheque a la carte II Festival Images Contre Nature, Marseilles, France (group international exhibition). Festival Images, Marseilles, France 20110701 0 1
Roulstone KG 0 CAZ Square Eyes (group exhibition). Project Space, The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall 20110601 0 1
Roulstone KG 0 Disruptive Stillness (group international exhibition). Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, US 20110101 0 1
Roulstone KG 0 Recent works, Pavillon am, Milchhof, Ateliergemeinschaft, Milchhof e. V. Berlin, Germany (group international exhibition). Pavilion am Milchhof, Berlin 20110101 0 1
Roulstone KG 0 Correspondences (group exhibition). Centrespace gallery, Bristol 20100101 0 2
Roulstone KG 0 Spectra, Hanson Street Project Space, Glasgow, Scotland (two person exhibition). Hanson Street Project Space, Glasgow 20100101 0 9
Roulstone KG 0 Whodunit? (international group show). Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, Canada 20100101 0 3
Roulstone KG 0 Double Vision: A Dual Channel video festival (international group exhibition). Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, US 20090101 0 1
Roulstone KG 0 Parts of an Unresolved Thought (solo exhibition). Scott Gallery, University of Plymouth 20081201 0 3

Additional information

Art work in Collections:

Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, US.
Tricia Schweitzer, Curator, University of Minnesota, US.
Tom Gottlieb, art collector, Toronto, Canada.
Private collections in Canada, US and UK.