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Doris Rohr

Doris Rohr’s research is practice-based using drawing and writing to explore continuous narratives on paper. Pedagogy forms an integral part of her practice.

Currently I am developing notebooks building on my practice-based PHD research  "Drawing on nature- the legacy of John Ruskin's moral cosmos" (October 2016 with Lancaster University LICA). I am also developing observational drawing skills from objects displayed in museums, with a particular interest in natural history. This connects with previous explorations in representation of nature, and the loss of species and biological diversity.

Following John Ruskin’s proposed method of closely observing detail from nature, my working practice aims to develop critical drawing as eco-aesthetic category, drawing that may contribute to raising awareness of ecological responsibility.  I am also motivated by Joseph Beuys' drawings, his 'imprints' which evolved into social sculpture, environmental activism and performances. I am seeking for further continuities and possibilities to make drawing embody environmental awareness, relying on the wider definition of drawing as gesture, action and  aesthetic category. Within this observational and multi-sensory formats of drawing provide a firm anchor, connecting past  with present, perception with imagination.

Another interest of mine is the poetic integration of writing with drawing in the form of journals and notebooks, and through writing creative and academic texts. I am currently engaged in a research project with Niamh Clarke where we set drawings and creative writing texts to each other's works in response to word and image.


Solo/Duo exhibitions:

2017 To See the Mountain in the Stone, the Forest in the Tree Exhibition and public workshop at Florence Arts Centre Cumbria (22nd July – 12th August 2017)

2016  Jetsam  (PhD exhibition)  Storey Institute Lancaster in conjunction with LICA, Lancaster University,

2015  Dwindling Abundance   Michael Geddis and Doris Rohr, The Georgian Gallery, Ards Art Centre, Newtownards 

2010 Doris Rohr & Bridget Farmer Weather Drawings, Graffan Gallery, WWT Centre Castle Espie, Co Down

2003 - Dounreay, Dean Clough, Halifax

1996 - Swan Theatre, Worcester

Group exhibitions

2014-16 Paper, Wall, Table and After, curators Sian Bowen and Chris Dorsett (1st December 2014- 23rd January 2015); Part 1: Northumbria University, Gallery North: 1st December 2014- 23rd January 2015; Part 2:  National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, 30th November – 6th December 2016

2013-2015  "Line - An Ambiguous Journey" IADT Dun Laoghaire (October 2013), travelling to  Crescent Arts Centre Belfast (November 2013)  and to Culturlann gallery West Belfast (2015) 

2012 Synthetic Aesthetics (Group Show: Clancy, Gregory, Holmes, Larkin, McKeever, McMurray, Rohr) Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, August- September 2012.

2012 Contemporary Artists from Northern Ireland, Brussels, Brussels Platform: a collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels designed to showcase local artists on a European stage, September 2011 - February 2012.

2011 Drawing a Line, Drawing Group Exhibition University of Ulster, co-curated with Hugh Mulholland and Helen O’Hare, Belfast Campus Gallery, University of Ulster, October 2011.

2009 2nd Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

2009 Eros/Thanatos Engramme, Quebec, Canada

2008 Seven Foyer Gallery, University of Ulster, University of Ulster Belfast

2008 127th Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Titanic Drawing Offices, Belfast-

2008/2009 All Over the Place: Drawing Place, Drawing Space", Land 2 group exhibition at University of West of England, Bristol, touring to The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds 2009

2007  Array Studio Group Exhibition, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, Northern Ireland

2006  Exchange of Belfast Printworkshop with LA Printmaking Society, Greanleaf Gallery, Whittier College, Los Angeles, USA

2005 Folly Gallery, Lancaster

2004 North: Dounreay drawings Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth/Wick, Caithness

2003  Brewery Open, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

1999  Eastern Open, Kings Lynn

1999 Drawing Connections, John Innes Centre/Kansas State University, Norwich, GB and Kansas, USA

1995  Memory and Glimpses Icon Gallery Touring;  Birmingham

1993 Towards a New Landscape Coventry Gallery, London


Residencies & Awards

2013 Marine Laboratory Portaferry

2012 Prison Arts Foundation: Maghaberry

2005  Drawing on Landscape, Symposium Sculptors Society Ireland & Burren College of Art, Burren College, County Clare, Ireland

2000-2001 Vicky Oppenheimer-Blum Travel bursary


Projects / Publications

Ashworth, Jenn, Gere, Charlie and Rohr, Doris (2017) "Farewell Terpsichore – an improvisation on smiles, shadows and breath". LUNE, 00 (1). pp. 72-97. [Journal article]

Rohr, D (2017) Theme “Hope” The Sketchbook Project Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn New York Digitised published version available Spring 2018

Rohr, D (2016) Drawing on Nature: the legacy of Ruskin’s Moral Cosmos

Rohr, D (November 2015) Drawing Research Theory and Practice Vol. 1.1 joint editorial Adriana Ionascu/ Doris Rohr.

2013 Rohr "Good Art Bad Art - What is a 'good' drawing?" Visual Enquiry: Learning and Teaching Art Issue 2:1

2012 Rohr "Imagining Truth" in Tracey Drawing Knowledge

2005  Antrim Road (text), ABRIDGED 2, Oct/Nov 05, Context Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland

2005  NORTH (artist book: travel writing and drawing), Cumbria Unipress, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, Carlisle

2001  Photography online workshop (Research contributor), Accessart,

2000 "Looking through the Ground Glass" (text), Sleep of Reason (exhibition and exhibition catalogue) Norwich Gallery, Norwich School of Art and Design

2000  "The Status of Drawing" (text), Connections, (exhibition catalogue), Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich

Current Employment:

Senior Lecturer Fine Art Drawing, Liverpool Hope University (Jan 2018 ongoing)

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