Overriding themes in my practice are informed by nature/ culture – how landscape is culturally constructed, and how nature is a term reclusive and complex, as human culture has infringed most aspects which appear ‘natural’. Further details can be found on https://www.axisweb.org/p/dorisrohr/.

I work from direct observation, plein air, from my own photos and from my imagination. Analytical observational drawing is a very important discipline to me, and needs to be kept going alongside more imaginative and intuitive approaches. Some of my work is concerned with observing and drawing detail from botanical form and other organisms, others with landscape and neo-romanticism.

Completing a practice-based research project with the University of Lancaster has brought together my interest in drawing, writing and critical theory investigating art critic, theoretician and artist John Ruskin and his conception of nature as a moral social and environmental system. My PhD thesis Drawing on Nature: the legacy of Ruskin’s Moral Cosmos is available via the British Library


I am interested in the relationship between the verbal and the visual and how text can be both, and inform otherness of drawing and writing – drawing with words, writing without words – drawing as text. I am hoping to develop further my interest in holistic pedagogy as practice, drawing as research and visual thinking and creative critical writing as future research objectives.

For OCA I tutor drawing courses level 1 and 2 and painting courses level 1 and 3 as well as Concepts in Practice (level 2). I am an Associate Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Ulster (since 2007). Prior to that I worked as Research Associate in the research centre Interface Art in Public at University of Ulster. My professional employments also included Head of Visual Studies (Drawing and Visual Literacy) at Cumbria Institute of the Arts (now University of Cumbria), and before that I tutored at Norwich School of Art and Design as Lecturer in Theoretical Studies for seven years.

“My practice is paper-based and involves foremost drawing, mark making and at times watercolour or mixed media.”
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Doris is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Access to some of my work can be found on https://www.axisweb.org/p/dorisrohr/


  • ‘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)
  • Jetsam (PhD exhibition, solo) 29th March – 4th April 2016, Storey Institute Lancaster in conjunction with LICA, Lancaster University, further details of this exhibition see http://www.riad.ulster.ac.uk/display.php?email=d.rohr@ulster.ac.uk
  • In-Betweeness PhD student group show Lancaster University Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA) at the Storey Institute Lancaster 24-28th November 2015 https://www.facebook.com/events/550118031807877/
  • Paper, Wall, Table and After (group show curated by Sian Bowen and Chris Dorsett, Northumbria University):
    • Part 1: Northumbria University, Gallery North: 1st December 2014- 23rd January 2015
    • Part 2: National Taiwan University of Arts, Taipei, 30th November – 6th December click here
  • Dwindling Abundance Michael Geddis and Doris Rohr, The Georgian Gallery, Ards Art Centre, Newtownards 29th Jan 2015 – 21st Feb 2015
  • Line – An Ambiguous Journey: (Donald, Proctor, Rohr, Savage) Institute of Art and Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, September 2013 and Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, November 2013.
  • Synthetic Aesthetics (Group Show: Clancy, Gregory, Holmes, Larkin, McKeever, McMurray, Rohr) Leitrim Sculpture Centre,Manorhamilton, August- September 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.
  • 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.
  • Graffan Gallery, Castle Espie, Wildlife and Wetland Trust, Weather Drawings (2 person show Doris Rohr/ Bridget Farmer), June July 2011.
  • All Over the Place: Drawing Place, Drawing Space, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds, June – October 2010 (touring) F Block Gallery, University of the West of England, November 2008
  • Eros/Thanatos (group exhibition) at Engramme, July – August 2009, produced by Engramme Quebec Canada in partnership with the Belfast Print Workshop.
  • 2nd Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition Silpakorn University Thailand May/June 2009.
  • Water (Tearfund) Charity exhibition, co-curator, University of Ulster 2009
  • Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, invited artist Oct 2008.
  • Lyth Arts Centre, Wick, Caithness July-August 2004 (solo).
  • Drawing Connections (II), John Innes Centre, Norwich, 2000.
  • Drawing Connections (I), Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Kansas State University, 1999/2000.
  • Memory and Glimpses, Ikon Touring Exhibition, Birmingham, 1995-1996.
  • Reader’s and Writer’s Festival, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, 1994.

Public collections

  • House of Lords Westminster, London: Burnt Fields & Moorland (2012)
  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland: purchase of Submerged and Belfast Docks (2010)
  • City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, (1993)


  • Rohr (2017) Writing as Material Practice – co-contributor to workshop organised by Prof C Gere, Lancaster University http://insight.lancaster.ac.uk/?p=1826
  • Rohr (2016) Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, Lecture “Drawing Then, Drawing Now” and Public Discussion accompanying exhibition David Hockney: I Draw, I Do (August-October 2016) http://dnote.website/?dnote=drawing-now
  • Rohr (2015) Lancaster University in conjunction with AHRC, The Visual and the Verbal, 20th May 2015
  • Clarke, McIver, Rohr, “Drawing Dialogues” Metropolitan Arts Centre Belfast with Cultural Development funding University of Ulster, April 2014
  • Rohr “Towards a Multisensory Appreciation of Drawing” DRN Conference Brighton, September 2010.
  • Larkin/Rohr, Drawing Research Network, Loughborough University, November 2008.
  • Drawing: Responses to the Environment, Kingston University, 2005.
  • BALTIC, Gateshead Artist talks series, January 2005.
  • Landscape as Aesthetic Project, Creative Dates, John Moores University, September 2004.
  • Postcards from Dounreay (conference paper): Writing the Environment, University of East London. & Visual Culture and Tourism, Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, (both 2000).

Residencies & Awards

  • Marine Laboratory Portaferry, Queens University, 2013.
  • Artist in Residence, HMP Maghaberry 2012.
  • Artist in Residence, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, 2003.
  • Drawing on Landscape, The Burren College of Art and Sculptor’s Society of Ireland, April 2005.
  • Rites of Passage, Vikky Oppenheim-Blum Travel Award 1999-2000
  • Eleanor Partridge Print Award, Mid-Warwicks. College 1993.

Publications (selected)

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