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Anne Douglas
Title: Professor
First Name: Anne
Surname: Douglas
Position: Professor Emeritus
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Anne is an Emeritus Professor at Robert Gordon University. Her research over the past twenty-two years has been two fold. First she has evolved approaches to practice led research, doctoral and postdoctoral, through the visual arts. Secondly she has focused on the place of the arts in public life, increasingly in the field of art and ecology, working with constructs such as improvisation and leadership.

Duties and Responsibilities

From her Emeritus role, Anne will continue to supervise doctoral researchers to completion and develop her role as research associate within the Knowing from Inside EU funded research at the University of Aberdeen. She will continue to publish in the field including the commissioned volume on Participatory Arts, Foundation Series edited by Keri Facer, AHRC’s Connected Communities Leadership Fellow (2017).

Academic Background

  • 2007-16 Research Professor (The place of the arts in public life)
  • 2006-7 Reader in Art and Public Pedagogy, Director of On the Edge research
  • Gray’s School of Art, The Robert Gordon University including Artist as Leader 2006-8 and Working in Public 2006-8
  • 1998-2006 Senior Research Fellow, Gray's School of Art, The Robert Gordon University
  • 1994-8 Research Fellow, Gray's School of Art, with responsibility for developing post doc/doctoral practice led research, team member of Masters in Research course development, teaching at Masters level and supervising Doctoral level
  • 1992-4 Self employed artist, Stakeford Bridge Per Cent for Art Commission, Northumberland County Council
  • 1988- 1992 Research Assistant, Sunderland University, developing practice -led doctoral research in fine art
  • 1982-84 Part-time Lecturer UG Bath Academy of Art in Sculpture/ Drawing
  • 1978-87 Visiting lecturer UG and PG at a number of UK Art & Design institutions, including London Institute, Universities of Humberside, Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Sunderland, Edinburgh College of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee

Current Research

Recent Research presentations

  • 2017 Art and Ecology network presentation to RSE network Royal Society of Edinburgh Networking Project: “Connecting with a Low-Carbon Scotland” (PI Professor Gavin Little)
  • 2017 AHRC Cultural Value workshop presentation (AHRC), University of Edinburgh
  • 2016 “ Leading cultures of transition through arts practice” (keynote) Tempios de Transicion:El lugar de los humanidados ante la crisis ecologico-social 28-30 November, University of Valencia
  • 2016 Practice led research and improvisation, Crossing Borders lecture to DocArtes programme, Orpheus Institute of Research into Music, Gent (February and November)
  • Douglas Anne What is it possible to know? Research Practice Practice Research Symposium, National Association of Fine Art Education, University of Cumbria, July 2016. Keynote
  • Scottish Drawings 31st January – 28th February 2015 One of four invited artists at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh http://www.royalscottishacademy.org/exhibitions/scottish-drawings/
  • Douglas Anne & Amanda Ravetz The Graphic Line-‘an event in its own materialisation’, Making Traces Symposium, University of Southern Denmark, November 2014
  • Douglas Anne & Amanda Ravetz Does the world draw? Laboratory at Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution – innovation and continuity in an interconnected world, European Association of Social Anthropologists, University of Estonia,Talinn, July 2014
  • Douglas, Anne & Amanda Ravetz Your thought will find the contours … in Sewing Lines, Growing Surfaces, Breathing Atmospheres: towards an ontogeny of Things, IKKM, Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar (KFI research) July 2014
  • Douglas, Anne Leading through Art: exploring action and improvisation(keynote delivered 4.3.2014 as part of Macgeorge Fellowship, University of Melbourne, Centre for Creative Partnerships February- March 2014)
  • Douglas, Anne Art and Encounter, Melbourne’s Festival of Live Arts launch seminar
  • ‘Encounter in Art’ (March 2014), Footscray Art Centre, keynote Douglas, Anne Casting back and forth from a point in the present: Time, Improvisation and Experience, PS19 Stanford University 26-29th June 2013 Douglas, Anne
  • 2016-17 Newton Trust (British Council) award to run sustainability and entrepreneurship workshop with Early Career Researchers, Ozyegin University University, Istanbul
  • 2015-6 Cultural Leadership and the Place of the Artist, AHRC funded
  • 2016 Cohort Development funding Scottish Graduate School
  • 2015 Scottish Graduate School Applied Research Studentship
  • 2013 -18 Associate Researcher Knowing From Inside EU Advanced Grant, PI Professor Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen
  • 2013-14 Artist Researcher in Co-producing legacy: What is the role of artists within Connected Communities projects? AHRC Connected Communities led by Prof Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield
  • 2012-13 CoI Time of the Clock, Time of Encounter AHRC Connected Communities Pilot Demonstrator Project
  • 2011 14 AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, Connected Communities
  • 2010 Carnegie Scotland Travel award to Orpheus Institute, Ghent
  • 2008 The Artist as Leader Lab consultancy
  • 2006-7- Working in Public Seminars with Suzanne Lacy, SAC grant
  • 2006 AHRC Networking Grant (Creativity), Artist as Leader Lab
  • Henry Moore Fellowship to support the artist, Suzanne Lacy 12k Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital (RACH ) Evaluation (2006-9) 2005 AHRC Dissemination Grant
  • 2000-4- AHRB Research Grant and Scottish Arts Council Lottery Access and Participation Scheme and Shell Expro Social Inclusion Fund

External / Professional Roles

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • 2015-16 Strategic Review Panel, Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • 2015 Executive Member, Scottish Graduate School Arts and Humanities
  • 2014 Macgeorge Fellow and Honorary professor, University of Melbourne
  • 2013-18 Research Associate, Knowing from the Inside European Research Council Advanced Grant, PI Professor Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen
  • 2014 – present Carnegie Trust for Scotland assessor
  • 2012-present Board of Directors, Woodend Barn Arts, Aberdeenshire
  • 2011 Reviewer for Austrian Science Fund (equivalent to Research Councils)
  • 2009 -2016 Peer Review College AHRC
  • 2009-10 Convenor of Designing Environments for Life, Scottish Institute of Advanced Studies (PI Prof Tim Ingold)
  • 2008-present Senior Research Fellow -2011, thereafter Associate Senior Research Fellow to Orpheus Institute of Advanced Studies in Music Research (ORCiM), Ghent
  • 2008 – 9 Commissioning Panel member for New Dynamics of Ageing ESRC
  • 2007-2013 Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Architecture network (co-ordinated Prof Tim Ingold, Aberdeen University)

Publications

  • Douglas, Anne. Venturing out on the thread of a tune’: the Artist as Improvisor in Public life In Creative Practice and the Art of Association, trajectories of practice as research. ed James Oliver University of Melbourne Press 2017. Forthcoming
  • Douglas, Anne .& Kathleen Coessens. Improvisation and Experimentation in Everyday Life and Beyond.In Experimental Encounters beyond Music, ed Kathleen Coessens, University of Leuven Press 2017. Forthcoming.

Published: Books and book chapters

  • 2016 Douglas, A. & C. Fremantle What poetry does best: the Harrisons’ poetics of being and acting in the world in The Time of the Force Majeure Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison. New York:Prestel pp 455-460
  • 2016 Douglas, A. & C. Fremantle Inconsistency and Contradiction: Lessons in Improvisation in the work of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison. In Elemental: an Arts and Ecology Reader. Manchester: The Gaia Project, 2016, pp 153-181.
  • 2016 Douglas, A. “Context is half the work”i : developing doctoral research through arts practice in culture in Cartiere, C. and Zebracki, M. in The Everyday Practice of Public Art: Art, Space and Social Inclusion. London: Routledge pp 141-157
  • Douglas, A. Drawing and the Score in Sound and Score. Ed. Kathleen Coessens, and Paulo De Assis. Leuven: University of Leuven 2013 Douglas Press, 2013.

Journal articles and research reports

  • 2016 Douglas, A. and C. Fremantle trace the layers of human settlements in the hills of Aberdeenshire in Landscape beyond the Benign in Tate etc Spring 2016, pp 94
  • Douglas, A., A. Ravetz, K. Genever & J. Siebers, Why Drawing, Now? In Journal of Arts and Communities. eds Stephanie Knight And Chrissie Tiller. Vol 6 Issue 2-3 September 2014, pp 119 – 132. Bristol: Intellect
  • Douglas, A., A. Ravetz, K. Genever Drawing Paper 8 Published and designed June 2015 by Jon Barraclough and Mike Carney, Liverpool UK.
  • Douglas, A. & M. Gulari 2015),"Understanding experimentation as improvisation in arts research", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 15 Iss 4 pp. 392 - 403 http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-06-2015-0035
  • Douglas, Anne & Kathleen Coessens. Movement and Moment: in-between discreteness and continuity in The Somatechnics of Movement special issue of Somatechnics. Vol 4.1, 2014
  • Douglas, Anne & Kathleen Coessens Improvisation and Embodied Knowledge – Three Artistic Projects between Life, Art and Research in (re)thinking improvisation Artistic Explorations and Conceptual Writing Henrik Frisk &Stefan Östertjo (eds), Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University, 2013

Journal articles and research reports

  • 2016 Douglas, A. and C. Fremantle trace the layers of human settlements in the hills of Aberdeenshire in Landscape beyond the Benign in Tate etc Spring 2016, pp 94
  • Douglas, A., A. Ravetz, K. Genever & J. Siebers, Why Drawing, Now? In Journal of Arts and Communities. eds Stephanie Knight And Chrissie Tiller. Vol 6 Issue 2-3 September 2014, pp 119 – 132. Bristol: Intellect
  • Douglas, A., A. Ravetz, K. Genever Drawing Paper 8 Published and designed June 2015 by Jon Barraclough and Mike Carney, Liverpool UK. Douglas, A. & M. Gulari 2015),"Understanding experimentation as improvisation in arts research", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. 15 Iss 4 pp. 392 - 403 Permanent link to this document: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-06-2015-0035
  • 2011 Coessens, Kathleen & Anne Douglas, Calendar Variations Banchory: Woodend Barn Publishing 2011 ISBN 978-0-955-1397-5-