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Rose Butler

Senior Lecturer, Research Scholar in Fine Art


Rose is an artist, researcher, senior lecturer of Fine Art. Her practice based research weaves political commentary, personal account and fiction to examine the narratives that surround and shape us. These projects have used adapted technology and custom built software alongside early cameras and analogue technique to make interactive installations, single and multi-screen videos or large-scale photographs.

  • About

    Rose is an artist, researcher and senior lecturer of Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam, she works with video, photography, sound, animation and installation. She is completing doctoral study on the ethics and politics of looking considered through surveillance and arts practice.
    Current practice based research stems from a long observation in the Houses of Parliament of the Investigatory Powers Bill aka The Snoopers Charter in 2016. As part of this she is carrying out research at the Stasi Records Agency Berlin into surveillance and training material from and for hidden cameras.

    Rose exhibited Come and Go – an interactive dance installation, as part of the Everything Flows exhibition at Museum of Sheffield, June – September 2017. She received an honorary mention for this work a part of the Surveillance Studies Network Art Prize 2018 and presented work as part of the Surveillance Beyond Borders and Boundaries Conference 2018 in Aarhus; Denmark June 2018.

    She exhibited as part of Site Gallery’s show with Abandon Normal Devices in Castleton, September 2017, and at Kabinet Muz; Brno, Czech Republic November 2017, funded by the British Council.

    She continues to screen works internationally over the year in venues such as The Stuttgarter Film Winter Screening, Home; Manchester, The London Art Fair, Golden Cinema; Sydney, The British Film Institutes mobile cinema as part of Hull City of Culture, Visual Container TV; International Video Art Channel; France, The Swedenburg Society; London, The Nunnery Gallery; London, and BOX; Video Art Project Space, Milan.

    She is a board member of Bloc Projects. Before she came to Sheffield she lived and worked in London where she founded the educational charity Zoom In Photography and worked at Chisenhale Studios as Education Co-ordinator. She has worked freelance for Site Gallery, Tate Britain and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, and provided master classes and artist talks for festivals, arts organisations and universities.

    Surveillance and Resistance

  • Teaching

    Department of Art and Design

    Science, Technology and Arts

    Department of Art and Design
    Science, Technology and Arts
    PhD Study
    Fine Art: BA / MA / MFA, Extended Degree
    Moving Image, Installation, Photography
    Fine Art Employability Lead, partnership projects, strategic arts partnerships, Artist’s Journey Conference, graduate opportunities.

    Moving Image, Installation, Photography

    Fine Art / Creative Art Practice BA Hons, Extended Degree

    Professional Art Practice 3

  • Research

    • Art and Design Research Centre
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

    Art and Design Research Centre
    Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute
    Please see and entries on SHURA:

    The Fair

    One Lime Street


    Lines of resistance

    Arts Council

  • Publications

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