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Dr Rachelle Viader Knowles

Faculty Head of International

Dr Rachelle Viader Knowles is an artist, researcher, and educator. She is a Reader in Creative Practice, and Head of International for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, where her role supports the development of international initiatives and partnerships for education, research, and knowledge exchange. Prior to joining Manchester Met, she has undertaken a number of leaderships roles in art and design including Associate Head International and Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Fine Art in the School of Art and Design at Coventry University, and Head of Visual Arts at the University of Regina in Canada, where she taught intermedia arts practice for twelve years.

Her practice-led research investigates translocality, dialogue as art, and artistic practices/methods developed through participation, collaboration, and networks. Her works have been performed, published, screened, found, or encountered in numerous international venues and publications. Exhibitions include MilaKunst Gallery in Berlin; Conflux, and the Experimental Text Festivals in New York; Three Walls Gallery in Chicago; the MacKenzie, Mendel, NeutralGround and YYZ galleries in Canada; Residencia Corazon Gallery in La Plata, Argentina; Chapter Gallery in Cardiff, Wales; the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea; the Gyumri Biennale in Armenia; and the Can Gelabert Cultural Centre in Mallorca. She is an active member of the international advisory board for the Armenian Art Centre of Social Studies based in Yerevan, Armenia.

Rachelle holds a PhD in Art+Media from Plymouth University, an MFA in Multi Media Arts from the University of Windsor in Canada and a BA (Hons) Interactive Arts from the University of Wales.


Rachelle Viader Knowles is a member of the Art and Performance Research Hub.


Knowles, RV., 2007. Sobey Art Awards, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada, 25/9/2007 - 21/12/2007.

Knowles, RV., 2001. Berlin Project, CAFKA - Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area, 14/9/2001 - 26/10/2001.

Knowles, RV., 2000. We Are Not Who We Were, Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, 29/3/2000 - 7/6/2000.

Book Chapters

Knowles, RV., 2019. 'Collaboration, Dialogues, and Wild Knowledge'. In Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation, pp. 191-208.

Knowles, RV., 2019. 'Collaboration, Dialogues, and Wild Knowledge: A response to Glen Lowry's "Provoking Failure: Unsettling a Research-Creation Framework.'. In Knowings and Knots Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation, University of Alberta Press.

Knowles, RV., Irwin, K., Levin, L., 2009. 'Performance and the City'. In Hopkins, DJ., Orr, S., Solga, K. (eds.) Performance and the City, Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Journal Articles

Wimpenny, K., Knowles, RV., Ramsay, C., Speculand, J., 2019. '#3CityLink: Disrupting Learning through a Translocal Art Pedagogy Exchange Project', International Journal of Art and Design Education, 38 (2), pp. 328-343.

Caines, R., Viader Knowles, R., Anderson, J., 2009. 'QR Codes and Traditional Beadwork: Augmented Communities Improvising Together', M/C Journal, 16 (6).