The relationship between
professional practice, teaching and research


a Public Lecture by

Professor Carole Gray
Ph.D, Higher Diploma in Fine Art (Slade), BA (Hons) Fine Art


Wednesday, 17th June 1998

Lecture Theatre B42
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture
The Robert Gordon University
Garthdee, Aberdeen


  Carole Gray joined the Robert Gordon University in 1981 as a Lecturer in Fine Art, teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Sculpture at Gray's School of Art. Curious to find out more about teaching and learning in art and design, in 1984 she embarked on a part-time research degree, registered with the University of Aberdeen. Her Ph.D thesis on art college teaching styles was sucessfully completed in 1988, and she then started to supervise research. In 1991 she was promoted to Senior Lecturer in charge of Postgraduate Studies and developed the MA in Art & Design for the School. Concurrent with this she was responsible for the development of research in the Art School, and was promoted to Reader in 1993. With the help of colleagues, she established The Centre for Research in Art & Design (CRiAD). Carole has been a visiting lecturer at various UK and European institutions, and has numerous research publications. She has supervised and examined a number of practice-based research degrees, is a member of the University's Research Committee, and is presently vice-convenor of the Research Degrees Committee. Carole has been a practising artist for almost twenty years, her work ranging from small scale 'domestic' constructions to larger site-specific exterior artwork. She considers herself to be an 'object maker', and is interested in using industrial materials and technologies. Her latest work, with the research group Artesign, questions the notions of function, presence and context.

She considers professional practice, teaching and research to be inter-related and mutually dependent facets of her creativity.