Rosie Newman is a lecturer at Inverness College UHI with 17 seventeen years’ experience teaching further and higher education in Art and Design. She studied Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London, specialising in sculpture under the guidance of Cornelia Parker. Her master’s degree in Art and Social Practice is from Shetland College UHI and her TQFE is from Stirling University. Further experience includes teaching in Supported Education at Inverness College and working with offender learners at Fife, Motherwell and Carnegie colleges. She was lead artist and curator for over four years, delivering and exhibiting large scale art projects at the Tartan Heart festival.
After being awarded the UHI Research and Scholarship Scheme 2018, Rosie was able to study local culture at Art Point Gumno, Centre for Art and Sustainability in rural Macedonia. This inspired an investigation into how new technologies could be used as creative tools to promote sustainability, enhance wellbeing and encourage understanding of local ecosystems. In 2018 she collaborated with a gaming company to create an immersive art installation using audio, painting, and Virtual Reality, which aimed to reconnect people with the natural local landscape and that existed before the UHI campus was built. This was exhibited at Inverness College, UHI Staff Conference 2019. A paper about this work was published in Relate North: Collaborative Art, Design and Education 2019, edited by Timo Jokela & Glen Coutts.
Rosie is a painter, multidisciplinary and socially engaged artist who uses a variety of materials, technologies, and methods in her work with an interest in stimulating connection to the natural environment. Some approaches include phenomenological, psychological, and aesthetic interactions. Recent artworks include an installation of handmade bird nests that tweeted human ‘voices’, a suspended sailing boat that projected recordings of women humming and a performance event involving stargazing in an abandoned skiff on a shoreline. Rosie’s recent audio and film work depicting Scottish west coast woodland landscapes was exhibited at Syktyvkar University as part of the Relate North Symposium, Russia, hosted by Arctic Sustainable Arts & Design 2020.
She is currently a Research Assistant for the Carnegie Trust- funded creative enquiry The Liminal Zone, an exploration of the seashore as a metaphor for the interface between creative practice and academic work with Mandy Haggith.
She enjoys swimming in the sea in all weathers and being in her studio.