Swimmer (2012) Rachel K Gillies

You can download a copy of my current CV (pdf) or see below. Published writing, exhibited artworks and graphic design can also be found through the menu.


2013 – Current: Associate Lecturer [Photography] University of Brighton, UK
Teaching on the BA Photography Course, including Historical and Critical Studies, and dissertation supervision

2013 – 2014 Associate Lecturer [Media Studies] University of Brighton, UK
Curriculum development, and teaching of practical workshops on Social Media, in the Media Studies undergraduate degree.

2006 – 2012: Senior Lecturer [Photography & Electronic Arts] Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, NZ

BFA, BVA, MFA, Diploma Visual Art, Graduate Diploma Fine Art, BDes Communication Design
Roles Held: 
Course Co-ordinator: Photography  | 2006-2008 & 2010-2012
Course Manager: Photography and Electronic Arts Section | 2008 & 2010
Curriculum Development
BFA & BVA Photography & Electronic Arts: programme
Digital Literacy in Art: Culture and Context: paper

Photographer/Graphic Designer [Freelance]
2002-current | Selected Projects

[Voluntary] Scotland & Venice
2005 | Venice Biennale 2005

Gallery Manager [Darkroom & Digital Photographic Resources & Technical Exhibition Installation]
2002-2005 | Stills: Scotland’s Centre of Photography, Edinburgh, UK

Multi-faceted role including; exhibition and project co-ordination, programming and teaching a variety of photography and digital media courses, working with artists and residents, hiring and training staff, fundraising and budgets, maintaining industry and public relationships.

Website Developer
2002 | Schuh


MRes Arts & Cultural Research – University of Brighton | 2013

Graduate Certificate Tertiary Learning and Teaching – Otago Polytechnic (NZ) 2008

Postgraduate Diploma Multimedia Technology & Interactive Systems – Napier University (UK) 2002

BA(Hons) Photography – Edinburgh College of Art 2001


Paper: “Digital Literacy in Art” Rachel K Gillies, Quality Improvement Seminar, 2011, Otago Polytechnic, NZ

Panel Discussion: “Learning Art in the Digital Age,” Su Ballard & Rachel K Gillies, ANZAAE 2009, Otago Polytechnic, NZ

Presentation Chair: (multiple presentations), ANZAAE 2009, Otago Polytechnic, NZ

Paper: “Dunedin Does Not Exist,” 14th International Symposium on Electronic Art 2008 (ISEA 2008 Pte Ltd) Singapore, 25 July – 3 August 2008, Gillies, R. & McCaw, C.


2014: (Forthcoming) Mobile Photography in “Companion to Photography” Bull, S. ed. (Wiley-Blackwell 2014/15) Gillies, R.

Are you Experienced: A review of Michael Parekowhai’s ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’ at the 54th Venice Biennale in “Scope: Contemporary Research Topics #5” (Dec 2011) Gillies, R.

Best Practice Research Publication: Digital Literacy in Art | (2010) Gillies, R., Ballard, S. & Oliver, M.

Students Who Blog in “Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Art & Design) #4 November (2009/2010) pp. 153-158. Gillies, R.

Learning Art in the Digital Age: Identifying Principles and Developing Online Resources in “ANZAAE (Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators) : Volume 20(2) 2010”, pp. 14-20. Gillies, R. & Ballard, S.

Intertidal: The Island Experience in “Old, New, Borrowed, Blue: 10 Years at the Blue Oyster”, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, ISBN 978-0-473-15590-2. September 2009 pp. 40-45. Gillies, R. & McCaw, C.

Dunedin Does Not Exist 14th International Symposium on Electronic Art 2008 (ISEA2008 Pte Ltd) in “Proceedings of ISEA2008: The 14th International Symposium on Electronic Art” (2008) ISBN: 978-981-08-0768- 9 pp. 340-342. Gillies, R. & McCaw, C.


2013: (Forthcoming) Thresholds Remediated (2015) Rachel K Gillies, at BRUCE Art Project Space, Dunedin NZ.

2014: (Forthcoming) The Realm of Lost Virtualities (2014) Rachel K Gillies, at Phoenix Gallery, Brighton Photo Fringe 2014, 4th – 26th Oct 2014, Brighton, UK.

2013: Thresholds (2013) Rachel K Gillies, body of photographic work as part of Surface Exposure, University of Brighton Gallery, 16th-24th July 2013

2013: corrupted: self (2013) Rachel K Gillies, Transparency Print on Lightbox 800 x 336 x 150mm (framed) in “Research: Beyond Words” Exhibition, University of Brighton, 15th-29th April 2013.
2012: There Cannot be Black (2012) Rachel K Gillies, Two inkjet prints 385 x 305 (framed) in “Un Litro de Agua” Exhibition, curated by Number 8 Collective.  Medellín, Columbia. June 2012
2011: Viewfinder (2011) Rachel K Gillies, Inkjet Print, 2000mm x 610mm (unframed) in “about PHOTOGRAPHY” Exhibition, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin 5th – 9th September 2011.
2011: Three of Spades (2011) Rachel K. Gillies in ‘Pick a Card’ Exhibition. ‘One Night Stand’, Federal Gallery, 17 Taupo Quay, Whanganui, March 2011.
2008: Weather Photos (2008) Rachel K Gillies & Jenna Todd. The Weather Photos project, curated by Hege Don Samset was exhibited as an on-site installation for Shanghai’s Zendai MoMA in November 2008.
2007: I check my e-mails every day (2007) Rachel K Gillies, Lambda Print (framed) in “Double” curated by Ana Terry. The Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, New Zealand, May 08 – May 26, 2007.


2011: about PHOTOGRAPHY Exhibition, (Co-curator) Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin 5th – 9th September 2011. Dr. Su Ballard & Rachel K Gillies [Curators]

2008: Intertidal (Co-curator) as part of the ‘One Day Sculpture’ exhibition series. The Blue Oyster Art Project Space, as part of a national series called ‘One Day Sculpture’, commissioned by Litmus Research Initiative & Claire Doherty, Exhibition took place on the 21st December 2008. Rachel K Gillies & Caro McCaw [Curators]


MFA Examiner – 2008 and 2010: Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand
MFA Supervisor – 2012 Jacque Gilbert, “Room Tone” Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, NZ
Bramwell, A. (2009). “Douglas Bagnall, Adam Hyde, Walker & Bromwich: Intertidal. A critical response from Ali Bramwell.” Commissioned by Litmus Research Initiative, Massey University Wellington, April.
Published online at:
Commissioned Review of ‘StillMoving’ by Emily Hlavac-Green (2011) Rachel K Gillies
Judge –  2006 & 2007 Ilford Photography Award, Dunedin Camera Club, New Zealand


2013: Joint Winner Visualisation of Research Award – University of Brighton 2013

2013: 3rd Prize Student Category Research Poster Design –– University of Brighton Research 2013

2013: People’s Award Research Poster Design –– University of Brighton Research 2013

2011: Excellence in Flexible Learning & Teaching – Otago Polytechnic (NZ) 2010


Trustee: Brighton Photo Fringe – 2014-Current.
Editorial Board
– 2010–Current: “Junctures: the journal for thematic dialogue”
Researcher – 2013: Working for British artist duo Broomberg & Chanarin on War Primer: The Opera.
Digital Strategy Consultant – 2011: R&D Report on a digital strategy for the Dunedin School of Art, NZ.
Committee Member – 2010-2011: Quality Improvement Team | Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin NZ.
Committee Member – 2007-2008: Teaching & Learning Innovation Fund | Otago Polytechnic, NZ.
Board Member & Treasurer – 2006-2008:  The Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, New Zealand.



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