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Professor Arabella Plouviez

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Dean of Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries

The Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries consists of two schools: Art and Design and Media and Communications, and covers subjects across film, media, journalism, performance, art, fashion, photography and design. As Dean, I lead the Faculty, supporting the academic staff to engender an exciting, dynamic and relevant scholarly environment for our students that encourages curiosity and creativity. My subject area is photography and I supervise research students in this area.

Teaching and supervision

I am one of the photography team that were awarded the HEA Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (2017) for work with students and the North East Photography Network (NEPN).

Research interests for potential research students

I supervise research students working with photography, including practice-led research.

Past PhD students include:
  • Juliet Chenery-Robson
    The Visualisation of the Invisible Illness ME through the Production of Contemporary Photographic Practice in Collaboration with Sufferers, Carers and Medical Researchers.
  • Paris Petridis
Landscape as 'Manscape'.
    • Dr John Darwell
'A black dog came calling:' A Visualization of Depression through contemporary photography.


My research interests include how photographic representation impacts on society and can be used to challenge assumptions around under-represented groups. I have worked with people in different communities, creating image text works that challenge the viewer both in terms of photography and the subject. Recent works consider the ways in which Alzheimer's Disease links with photography through memory, and considers a visual exploration of experiencing Alzheimer’s. In collaboration with Dr Carol McKay I have written about photography both in terms of as a teaching and learning tool and exploring photography and its role in the networked world.

I lead the University of Sunderland element of the cross-university AHRC funded Creative Fuse North East project.

Photographic work can be viewed at arabellaplouviez.co.uk


Number of items: 23.


Graham, Yitka, Plouviez, Arabella, Clelland, Alison, Fox, Ann, Fowler, Ger, Sargeant, John and Hayes, Catherine (2022) ‘Applied Social Prescribing Practice: A Focused Arts Based Participatory Action Research Study of Military Veteran Transition Back to Civilian Life’. Journal of Participatory Methods. (In Press)

Book Section

Plouviez, Arabella, Mckay, Carol and Moschovi, Alexandra (2013) Connected. In: Versatile Image. University of Leiden Press, Netherlands.

Mckay, Carol, Plouviez, Arabella and Moschovi, Alexandra (2013) Are We All Photographers Now? Exhibiting and Commissioning Photography in the Age of Web 2.0. In: The Versatile Image. Leurven University PRess, pp. 127-146. ISBN 9789058679758

Conference or Workshop Item

Graham, Yitka and Plouviez, Arabella (2019) Comida y el mundo social de cirugia bariatrica/Food and the bariatric social world. In: XXI Congreso Scientifico del Colegio Mexicano para la obesidad y enfermedades metabolicas, July 3 - 6th 2019, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Plouviez, Arabella (2017) Photographing Alzheimer's. In: UNSPECIFIED. (Submitted)

Plouviez, Arabella and Mckay, Carol (2016) Meshworks & Photography. In: The Association for Photography in Higher Education (APHE) 2016: Meshworks, 29 Jun - 01 Jul 2016, Plymouth, UK. (Unpublished)

Mckay, Carol and Plouviez, Arabella (2016) NEPN and the Northern Centre of Photography: a model for photography in Higher Education. In: Association of Photographers in Higher Education, Meshworks Summer Conference 2016, 29 Jun - 1 Jul 2016, University of Plymouth. (Unpublished)

Plouviez, Arabella and Mckay, Carol (2012) Mass-Participatory Photography and the Critically-Engaged Practitioner: Commissioning and Exhibiting Contemporary Photography. In: Association of Art Historians Conference 2012, 29 - 31 March 2012, Milton Keynes. (Unpublished)

Plouviez, Arabella and Mckay, Carol (2011) Photography, walking and social networking: reflecting on critical
photographic practice. In: The Versatile Image, Photography in the Age of Web 2.0, 24th - 26th Jun 2011, University of Sunderland & Newcastle University. (Unpublished)


Plouviez, Arabella, Moschovi, Alexandra and Mckay, Carol (2013) The Versatile Image, Photography, Digital Technologies and the Internet. Leuven University Press. ISBN 9789058679758


Plouviez, Arabella (2012) Virus Portraits. [Artefact]

Plouviez, Arabella (2011) Alzheimer’s: A Quiet Story. A photographic series and solo exhibition. [Artefact]

Plouviez, Arabella Alzheimer's: A Quiet Story. [Artefact]


Graham, Yitka (2020) Time for Tea. National Glass Centre, Feb 29-Jul 5 2020, Sunderland, UK.

Plouviez, Arabella (2014) Connected - Frames2014 Projecting International Photography. 2014Frames, 2014, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

Wheeler, Shirley (2011) Virus Bad News wrapped in Protein, exhibition, catalogue and curator. Virus Bad New Wrapped in Protein, 9 Sep - 9 Oct 2011, St John's College, Oxford..

Plouviez, Arabella (2011) Augen-Blicke. .

Plouviez, Arabella (2010) Poster project. Essen Poster project, Sep 2010, Essen.

Plouviez, Arabella (2008) Naristan. Naristan exhibition, 2008, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Plouviez, Arabella (2007) Deviant Woman. 26 Apr - 22 Jun 2007, Sunderland.

Plouviez, Arabella (2007) Naristan. 26 Apr - 17 Jun 2007, Dom Fotografie, Slovakia.

Plouviez, Arabella (2006) Summer Houses. , Slovakia.


Plouviez, Arabella (2006) Research into the activities of the IPRN. UNSPECIFIED.

This list was generated on Mon Jul 22 01:24:04 2024 BST.

  • Contemporary photographic practice
  • Representation of 'invisible' illness
  • Photography in the era of web 2.0

As an academic in photography, I have worked with colleagues to develop the International Photography Research Network (IPRN) which was developed in 2004. Its mission is to stimulate the production and presentation of high-quality photographic practice, academic and artistic research and photographic-theory.

IPRN seeks to achieve this by providing a platform for international exchange leading to collaborative projects, exhibition, publications, research, symposia, networking and shared archives. In 2009, the North East Photography Network (NEPN) was launched, which offers a range of activities and opportunities for people based in the North East and involved with critically engaged photography.

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Last updated 30 May 2024