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Rachelle Viader Knowles

Associate Head of School- International


Rachelle 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. 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. She is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD on the topic of translocal approaches to dialogue-based art.


  • M.F.A., Visual Arts (Multi Media), University of Windsor, Canada
  • B.A (Hons), Fine Art (Interactive Art), University of Wales College Newport, UK
  • Foundation Certificate, Art and Design, Cardiff Art College, UK

Selected Outputs

  • Knowles, R.V., Hay, K., Tonoyan, M., and Vidal, M. (2014) MTM News: Veins, the Catalan Edition. Community newspaper launched at the Supermarkt Alternative Art Fair
  • Knowles, R.V. (2014) Berlin Project ‘Intermezzo II’. MilaKunst Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • Knowles, R.V. (2013) The Synthetic Age. University of Regina Faculty Exhibition. MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina. Curated by Jeff Nye
  • Knowles, R.V. (2013) We Have A Situation: Unidentified Flying Food [Group exhibition]. Schaumbad in Graz, Austria
  • Knowles, R.V. (2013) The Neighbours Project. (remounting). Larroque Arts Festival Tarn, France
  • Knowles, R.V. (2013) QR Code Project, 'Coming Into View'. Slate Gallery, Regina, Canada
  • Knowles, R.V. (2013) Archive Portal, 'Urban Encounters Symposium Exhibition'. Khyber Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Anderson, J., Caines, R., and Knowles, R.V. (2013) 'QR Codes and Traditional Beadwork: Augmented Communities in Conversation'. M/C Journal 16 (6)
  • Knowles, R.V. (2012) Gyumri Biennale. Gyumri, Armenia. An international creative/curatorial project in collaboration with the Armenian Centre for Social Studies, on the topic of relations with neighbours
  • Knowles, R.V., Hay, K., and Tonoyan, M. (2012) In the Neighbourhood (1) Gyumri Biennale of Contemporary Art in Gyumri, Armenia

Selected Funding

  • 2015-present, SSHRC Insight, University of Regina
  • 2014, International Mobility Award, Coventry University
  • 2012, SSHRC Cohort Development Grant, University of Regina
  • 2012, Research grant, Saskatchewan Arts Board
  • 2011, President's SSHRC Fund, University of Regina
  • 2011, Insight Development, SSHRC
  • 2011, ACOSS residency, Armenia, Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant
  • 2011, Travel Fund, Dean of Fine Arts
  • 2011, ISEA conference, Turkey, University of Regina International Travel Funding

Selected Professional Activities

  • 2014 Member of the international advisory board, Art Centre of Social Studies (ACOSS), Yerevan, Armenia
  • 2014 External Examiner – Fine Art programmes, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea, UK
  • 2014 External Reviewer - University of Lethbridge Scholars in Fine Arts Award(Staff research award)
  • 2014 SSHRC Assessor - Insight grant submission (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
  • 2014 - Member of the steering committee, Turning Point West Midlands, UK
  • 2013 MA defense chair - MA Interdisciplinary Studies in Fine Arts exam, University of Regina
  • 2013 SSHRC Assessor - Insight grant submission(Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
  • 2012 Research Participant - Interviews with Vis Arts Dept Heads, Queens
  • 2012 University Fine Arts education study
  • 2012 SSHRC Assessor - Insight grant submission (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
  • 2012 MA defense chair - MA Psychology exam, University of Regina
  • 2009 External Assessor - tenure and promotion, faculty member at Hunter College, New York, USA
  • 2007 External Examiner – MFA candidate in Media Production and Studies (U of Regina)
  • 2006 Participant – consultation forum, Tri-Council panel on research ethics – Research involving Creative Practice


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