Prof. Arabella Plouviez is Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Creative Industries and Professor of Photography at the University of Sunderland and is Sunderland’s academic lead for Creative Fuse North East.
Arabella is a practising photographer whose work has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally. Her work involves the combining of image and text to visualise ideas and challenge the expectations, developing research through working with different communities of people. Specifically, her work has explored areas from mental illness and criminality to the representation of women and, more recently, Alzheimer’s disease. Alongside her practice, Arabella writes about photography, often in collaboration with her colleague Dr Carol McKay. This work includes the co-editing of the book The Versatile Image. Photography, Digital Technologies and the Internet (2013), looking specifically at the role of photography in the networked world.
Arabella has, with colleagues, been instrumental in setting up NEPN (http://www.northeastphoto.net), a regional photography development and research agency, which encourages and engages the development of debate around high quality, critically engaged photography.