Roxane Permar


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Research expertise

My research lies primarily in the field of socially engaged and place based art practice. I employ a variety of strategies drawn from contemporary art practices to engage communities. Currently my research is in collaboration with the artist Susan Timmins, who is also based in Shetland. We are investigating the legacy of the Cold War period as it exists physically in the landscape and in memory, encouraging a different understanding of the remote North through a consideration of the experience and impact of the Cold War on northern and Arctic communities. We employ a combination of art practices, fusing new technologies with traditional materials to re-imagine this period while chronicling lost stories in order to give them new meaning within our 21st century landscape of conflict and reconciliation While our work is rooted in Shetland, research has moved beyond Shetland to include the northern and Arctic regions. 

Currently our research aims to:

  • use art to re-imagine the Cold War period and ask how the presence of Cold War military installations impact on populations both past and present;
  • facilitate the excavation of hidden memories; 
  • stimulate new understanding of our nuclear futures; 
  • connect communities that hosted military operations during the Cold War period;
  • involve participants in creative activities and experiences in relation to the Cold War to explore the legacy of the Cold War and the question of our nuclear futures. 
  1. Virtual Symposium: Social Practice in Art, Research and Education: Professional Dialogues

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference

  2. Relate North 2016: Practicing Place: Heritage, Art and Design for Creative Communities

    Activity: OtherTypes of Business and Community - Membership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel

  3. External Assessor, MA programmes: MA Art and Social Practice and MA Curatorial Practices

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

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  1. Shetland Arts Fund Award

    Prize: Other distinction

  2. Historic Scotland Grant Award

    Prize: Other distinction

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