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Scholarly biography

Rachel K Gillies is an artist, educator and writer. She is currently Course Leader of the BA(Hons) Photography degree at the University of Brighton. She previously held positions as Senior Lecturer in Photography and Electronic Arts and Course Co-ordinator of BA Photography at Dunedin School of Art, New Zealand. Her practice encompasses both visual and literary outputs and looks at contemporary photography in relation to technology and aesthetics.


Research interests

Rachel's research practice looks at technology and aesthetics in contemporary photography. Recent work includes the exhibition The Realm of Lost Virtualities exhibited at the Brighton Photo Fringe in 2014, and the chapter ‘Mobile Photography’ in the forthcoming (2019) Companion to Photography (Stephen Bull, ed.) Wiley and Blackwell.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, MRes: Arts and Culture, University of Brighton

Award Date: 30 Jul 2013

Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching, Otago Polytechnic

Award Date: 30 Jul 2008

Postgraduate Diploma in Multimedia Technology and Interactive Systems, Edinburgh Napier University

Award Date: 30 Jul 2002

Bachelor, BA(Hons) Photography (Edinburgh College of Art), Heriot-Watt University

Award Date: 30 Jul 2001

External positions

Board Trustee, Brighton Photo Fringe


Board Trustee, Blue Oyster Art Project Space


Senior Lecturer: Photography, Otago Polytechnic


Resources Manager, Stills: Scotland's Centre for Photography



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  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR


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