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Rachael Allain CV


3D3 AHRC-funded doctoral researcher, University of Plymouth                                  2018- current
MFA Photographic Arts with Distinction, Plymouth University.                                    2014 -2015
MA Contemporary Art Practice, Plymouth University.                                               2011-2014
PGCE, Post Compulsory Education, Art and Design, University of Plymouth.               2007-2008                                 
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Exeter School of Art and Design, Earl Richards Road.                  2004-2007

Associate Lecturer Creative Media/Media Arts/Fine Art, University of Plymouth        September 2014 -ongoing 

Visiting Lecturer, Marjon University, Plymouth                                                        January 2013/2015         

Associate Lecturer, Art & Design, South Devon College, Torbay.                              September 2013/2014

Associate Lecturer, Art & Design,  Exeter College                                                   September 2008/2012

August: Imagining Gozilla, Finnish Archipelago, Finland.
June: SIM Artist Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland (postponed).
November: Bursary award for The Creative Peninsula Summit, Eden Project, Cornwall, UK.  
June: Midsummer Arctic Circle International Art and Science Expeditionary Residency, Svalbard Archipelago. 
May: Paul Mellon Bursary Award to attend the Carbon Slowly Turning: Movement, Energy, Landscape Conference, (Ingrid Pollard exhibition) MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK. 
Arctic Circle International Artist Residency, Svalbard Territory, Arctic Circle & Imagining Godzilla, Art & Science Residency, Helsinki, Finland (both postponed due to COVID-19). 
River Dart Site-Responsive Project (ongoing). 
March: Following The Light, Lizard Point Artist Residency, Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, UK. 
September: Residential Ocean (Art) Science Field Course, Sunday's River, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
September: 3D3 Summer Residential, Aalto University & University of Helsinki, Finland. 
ADA PGR Funding (UoP), Oceans and the Visual Arts, University of Reading.
May: BAFTSS Travel Bursary,  Oceans and the Visual Arts: Erika Balsom: Oceanic Feeling, Minghella Cinema, University of Reading.
March: Lizard Point Artist Residency, Vernal Equinox, Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, UK.
3D3 Doctoral Studentship, 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training, University of Plymouth
September: Visual Research Network (VRN), Artist Residency, Brighouse, West Yorkshire.
July-August: Lumen Artists Residency, Atina, Italy,
June: Jamboree 2018 / // Dartington UK
June: The Ephemeral River Residency, a Global Nomadic Art Project, Dartington Hall, Devon, UK.
Visual Arts Plymouth (VAP) Go See Travel Bursary, Glasgow International Festival 2018.
May: Blue Prints of Od, Od Arts Festival, Dawes Twine Works, West Coker, Somerset, UK.

May: Land's End Immersive Film Weekend & Film and Sound Jams assistant to experimental filmmaker/composer Robert Schaller.



November: Place Exploration Artist Residency, Kestle Barton, Cornwall.

Digital Reporting Bursary, The Tale, Torbay by Situations,

VASW Digital Reporting Bursary, B-Side Assemblies: No 1, Portland, Dorset.

Visual Arts Plymouth (VAP) Go See Travel Bursary, Folkestone Triennial, 2017.

Artist Residency at Batter Street Studio, Plymouth Arts Centre. 

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Recipient of PAC Bursary for BAS8, Southampton and VASW Annual Conference.



Selected by Plymouth University, School of Art and Media student award for a fully funded 12-month Ocean Studio Residency, July 2015-August 2016.

July: Recipient of Full Bursary from Plymouth Culture for Dartmoor Arts Residency, Drewsteignton, Devon, Filming Natural Phenomena with Andrej Zdravic.




The Flowing Image Conference, Southampton University. 

MRP ECR Away Day, University of Plymouth. 



​About Place, Symposium, University of Plymouth, Plymouth. 



25-11-22 Above and Below the Arctic Ocean, The Helene and Johannes Huth Gallery, Design Museum, London.

21-11-22: River Year, screening in Passing Through (7-00 until 8-30pm), British Art Show 9 Film Series, Jill Craigie Cinema, University of Plymouth, UK.  

06-09-22 Test Space: Exposition of Practice-Led Research Symposium, CAST, Helston, Cornwall, UK.

29-06-22 Sentient Performativities, Postgraduate Forum, Studio 1, Dartington Hall, Devon, UK.  

10-05-22 ARN Seminar: Embodied Manifestations: a hybrid experimental space (physical-virtual) presenting practice for peer review. Title: Take Me To The River: An Unexpected Journey Into The Horizon with Karen Abadie & Laurie Reynolds, Room 101, RLB, University of Plymouth. 


Adventures in Posthumanism Doctoral Event 2022 ,University of Plymouth (online) Dis/orientations and uncertainties: becoming lost, moving beyond the known

A Liquid presentation with artists’ film screening, High Water I & II


High Water presentation, Water~Ways Symposium (PhD- University of Plymouth) via Zoom-virtual media.

Connecting Through Bodies of Water, Adventures in Posthumanism Doctoral Event, Re-imagining Boundaries in Actual/Virtual Worlds (PhD- University of Plymouth, Institute of Education) via Zoom-virtual media.

Horizon Lines, PGR presentation (PhD- University of Plymouth) via Zoom-virtual media.


13-05-20, Reflections on the Lizard Residency, a PGR presentation (PhD- University of Plymouth) via Zoom-virtual media.

09-04-20, Alternative Photographic Processes in the time of the New Normal by Rachael Allain, Invited speaker for the London Alternative Photography Collective Residency series – (due to COVID-19 presented on Zoom virtual media).


RAMM Lates, Artist Talk and Seaweed Cyanotype workshop, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, December 6th. 

Above and Beyond the Horizon: Ocean, Science and the Visual Arts, in conversation with Professor John Spicer, PhD, Pie and a Pint, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, 4th December.

Above and Below the Horizon, Doctoral Research presentation, Jill Craigie Cinema, 4th December. 

The University of Helsinki: Research Summer School, Kulttuurikeskus ja kokoushotelli Sofia, Kallvikinniementie, Helsinki, Finland.

Environmental Arts Practice Research Conference, 25-26 th April, Land/Water and the Visual Arts, University of Plymouth.

Oceans and The Visual Arts, PGR & ECR Conference, University of Reading, 24th April.



Arts Research Seminar Series, Exploring New Horizons, with Professor Liz Wells, Seeding Change: The Challenges of Pro-Activist Curatorial Initiatives, University of Plymouth, 5th December. 

CREATIVE IMAGE, 1st International Conference, University of Manchester 26-27th September 2018

20/20 Presentation at Jamboree, Dartington Hall.

Supra et Infra Maris, Research presentation at Land/Water and the Visual Arts, 25th April, Plymouth University



VAP (Visual Arts Plymouth), Go See Bursary presentation on Research from The Folkestone Triennial @PAC Home.

Pecha Kucha, Beyond Human Vision; On Microscopic Visions @ Place Exploration Artist Residency @Kestle Barton, Cornwall.

Data Ache DRHA 2017 Symposium , Beyond Human Vision @Plymouth University.

PAC Home, Batter Street Studio Residency Crit @Plymouth Arts Centre.


Future Imperfect, screening of Lunar G and Panel discussion, Cinema Aesthetics, April 2017.

Artist Talk @First Fridays, Dartington Hall.


Artist Talk, BA Fine Art Visiting Lecture Series @Petroc.


Post Graduate Society Conference, Paper delivered: Encountering Severance, Threshold and Return in Plymouth Sound, Plymouth University.

British Waters and Beyond: The cultural significance of the sea since 1800, Paper delivered: Experimental Seascapes, Subliminal: Junctures in the water, Royal West Academy, Bristol.


Cine Sisters SW Active Member from July 2020- June 2021

CAMP Artists Network Member from June- December 2020

AN Artists Network member 2014 - current.

Plymouth University Photography Research Group 2015- current.

VRN (Visual Research Network) Member 2018- current.

Plymouth Arts Centre (PAC) PAC Home member, 2015 -2018.
Visual Arts Plymouth (VAP) Activator  2015- 2019.


Participation in Abigail Reynolds Elliptical Reading group for BAS9, The Box, Plymouth 2022. 

Participation in Nilbar Güres' commission for The Atlantic Project, Plymouth 2018.

Performance in Simon Popes, The Gift, for Sea Swim:Head Above Water, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth 2016. 

Performance in Emily's Speed's, Littoral Zone, Plymouth Arts Centre, 2014.

Performance in Hamish Fulton's durational walk for Walk On, Plymouth, 2014.

Facing South, Stereo pinhole, copyright Rachael Allain

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