Karen Rann

After years away from academia, the MA in 2017 presented an opportunity to reinvestigate my concerns regarding place and space. As a result of this I am very excited by the prospect of opening my practice to more ‘artist led’ projects, and to pursue my interest in space and place through a concern with its presentation as lines on maps; I am delighted to be given the opportunity to further this through PhD studies.

Deep Water
Deep Water Performance: Hungary, 1994
(see Research Led)


2018 - Queens University Belfast, AHRC funding for PhD
2016 - 17 Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin, MA (distinction) Fine Art.
1992 - 94 Fine Art Academy, Budapest, Hungary, post-graduate Scholarship.
1979 - 82 Hull College of Higher Education, BA Hon's Fine Art.


Rann, K. & Johnson, R. ‘Chasing the Line: Hutton’s contribution to the invention of contours.’ Journal of Maps (Special Issue, Art-geoscience: exploring interdisciplinary representations of space and place), in press. [4,500 words]

Rann, K., 2016. The Great Lines: The History of the Invention of Contour Lines. ISBN 978-0-993496-2-1 pp. 32.


Rann, K. & White, N. ‘Brodick Castle and Country Park, Isle of Arran,’ in S. Christie (ed) Artistic Reflections: Year of Natural Scotland (Creative Scotland, Glasgow: Bain & Bain, 2017) pp. 39-44.

Rann, K. & Sturdza, V. M. ‘Imagination in Bukarest,’ in KulturKontakt (ed) Mapping Culture: Aspekte der Kulturvermittlung in Südosteuropa (Vienna: Erhard Löcker, 2012) pp. 101-114.

Rann, K. ‘Their Seam’ in K. Lavers (ed) Crop Marks: Discover Orchard Park Through Art. (Park Arts Group, 2009) pp. 62-79.

Rann, K. ‘Place,’ in M. Tuffnell & C. Crickmay (eds) A Widening Field: Journeys in Body and Imagination. (Dance Books Ltd, 2004) p. 167 & p. 225. [Two images & texts]

Phillips, A. ed. (1998). Out of Time. Hull Time Based Arts [Two images & text]

Layzell, R. ed. (1995). Live Art in Schools, Arts Council. [p. 26 image & texts]

Museum of Fine Arts. ed. (1994). Piranesinspired: Piranesi Paraphrases. Budapest: Mikløs Mojzer [p. 19 & two images]


2017 – Facilitator, ‘Art for the Brain’: dementia and brain injury friendly art workshop, Fine Studios, Fine House Farm.
2016 Trustee for charity Visual Arts in Rural Communities (VARC).
2010 – 15 VARC, special schools project coordinator.
2005 – Freelance Artist at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
2005 – 11 Creative Partnerships, Agent & Practitioner.
2002 – 04 Fine Art Department, Newcastle University, occasional projects for students: content via context (1/04), proportional representation (10/02), deep space (2-3/02).


2018 Creative Scotland, Award for the Lines of Attraction project.
2016 Arts Council England, Award for Great Lines Project.
2012 Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Sunderland University, an AHRC-funded project mentoring and coaching ‘emerging’ artists on ‘good practice’.
2011 Artists in Creative Education (AiCE) mentoring international artists, devising a handbook, talks, workshops & related research.
2007 Arts Council England, Award for creation of space for Open Studio events.
2007 Tynedale Business Expansion Grant, Award (also for the above).
2005 Arts Council England, Award for ‘Traverser’ at Tynemouth Metro Station.
2004 Arts Council England, Cultural Business Venture Award for new equipment and website.
2004 Tynedale Business Expansion Grant for website.
1991 Richard Mills Travel Fellowship to research and set up an exchange between young people in Hull & Budapest.
1990 Henrietta Bowder Travel Bursary for travel and research in Eastern Europe.

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