Professor Emma Rose


Research Interests

Professor Rose's research investigates the role of art in health and wellbeing underpinned by the theoretical lens of therapeutic landscapes, as it offers a means through which to conceptualise how particular spaces can contribute to an individual’s mental and physical wellbeing. She is interested in the diverse experiences of individuals and generational cohorts as they encounter social constructs, benign or oppressive social policy, and the impact of stigma on their wellbeing.

Through targeted art interventions she aims better to understand the contribution of painting and film-making for health and wellbeing. The impacts investigated include the role of creativity in social connectivity and inclusion, self-value and positive identity, and the therapeutics of relational aesthetics. The research aims to advance understanding of how individuals can enhance subjective wellbeing regardless of their social or health conditions.

Recent projects are engaged with transgender groups, older people at risk of social exclusion, people living with dementia, and migrants, refugees and asylum seekers who have been traumatised by specific events in their homeland, or their journey in search of a safe haven. She recently (2015) received funding for an ESRC funded 1+3 collaborative studentship for PhD research in collaboration with Professor Christine Milligan (Department of Health Research) for the project titled: Assessing the health and wellbeing benefits of engagement in participatory arts activities for older people living with dementia.

Most recent publications:

Rose, E., (2016). Painting place: re-imagining landscapes for older people’s subjective wellbeing, Health & Place, (In Press)

Rose, E., Lonsdale, S. (2016). Hidden Identities: Concealed Dangers, Visual Art and Transgender Health and Wellbeing, International Journal of the Image, Vol 7, Issue 1.

Rose, E., (2012). Encountering place: A psychoanalytic approach for understanding how therapeutic landscapes benefit health and wellbeing, Health & Place, November 2012 Volume 18, number 6pp. 1381 – 1387,

Rose, E., (2012). Mentalizing Therapeutic Landscapes: the Benefit for Mental Health, International Journal of the Image, Vol. 2., pp. 87-94.

Rose, E., Boynton, N. (2010). Landscapes in Time: a psychotherapeutic intervention, International Journal of the Image, Vol. 1., pp. 117-127.

Recent artworks:

Rose, E., Boynton, N., (2013). Ice, Cloud, Mirror, solo exhibition including paintings by John Ruskin curated by Emma Rose shown in context of her film a cinematic video installation, Mirror, by Rose and Boynton, Brantwood, Cumbria 18th April- 24th June. Rose, E., catalogue: Landscapes of Wellbeing. In: Rose, E., (Ed), Ice, Cloud, Mirror, pp. 1-30.

Rose, E., Boynton, N. (2012). Science Film Festival. Mirror, Boynton & Rose, 4’. New York, 8th – 16th November. Screened in New York Hall of Science, New York, USA, 10th November 2012.

Brooklyn Film Festival. Mirror, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 1st – 10th June. Indie-screen, 4th June 2012 Brooklyn Heights Cinema 9th June 2012.

Recent Conferences:

Hidden Identities: Concealed Dangers, Visual Art and Transgender Health and Wellbeing Conference presentation. THE IMAGE 2014, Fifth International Conference on The Image, 29th October, 2014 to 30 October, 2014. Freie University of Berlin. Official Event Web Site: Click for official site of THE IMAGE 2014

Creativity and connectivity: Exploring the impact of painting remembered landscapes on older people’s subjective wellbeing: THE IMAGE 2015, Sixth International Conference of The Image, 29th October to 30th October 2015, University of California at Berkeley, USA, 2015

Creativity and connectivity: Exploring the impact of painting remembered landscapes on older people’s subjective wellbeing: Presenter Emma Rose, Dementia Futures Event, Lancaster Town Hall, September 18th 2015.

Therapeutic Landscapes and the Benefit for Mental Health. Health and Wellness Conference, The University Centre, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 2012

Mentalising Therapeutic Landscapes. International Conference of the Image, San Sebastian, Spain, 2011

Landscapes in Time: A Psychotherapeutic Intervention at the International Conference of the Image, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, 2010

Aesthetic decisions and sound design in the making of threshold at the Cinesonika conference and festival, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, 2010.

Films produced in collaboration with Neil Boynton include: the video rush interrogates formal qualities of imagery, some derived from abstract painting. The flow of images, sometimes disrupted by memories, suggests the consciousness of a contemplative viewer preoccupied not only by what is seen but also by its structure or syntax. Informed by the optical effect produced by Bridget Riley in her black-and-white paintings, rush captures the movements of tree trunks, which, when filmed from a fast-moving car, produce a similar flickering, stroboscopic effect disorienting the eye and brain. The digital manipulations and animations create an innovative dialogue between digital and painterly abstraction and photographic realism, their boundaries and their interrelationship.

Projected at 8 x 3 metres it creates an immersive environment with stereo sound and was shown in solo shows in Croatia and Nottingham, in a group exhibition in London at Oxo Tower, and in Inspiration to Order, with a full colour catalogue ISBN: 09773967-7-0, at California State University Art Gallery, The Winchester Gallery, Southampton University, The Gallery, Wimbledon College of Art, and the Art Historians' Annual Conference at the University of Ulster. rush was selected for exhibition at the Egilsstaðir experimental video festival in Iceland and shortlisted for the Alcoa prize. It was also selected for the Short Film Experiment, Bolzano, Italy, and Videoformes Clermont-Ferrand, France. The solo exhibition in Krizic Roban Gallery in Croatia was reviewed in Vijenac, XV (349/350/351), 19.07.07., str.22 the premier independent Croatian culture arts weekly. The solo exhibition of rush at the Surface Gallery, Nottingham, was reviewed in UK Metro Associated newspapers LtD

The film skyWriting investigates how technological advances can be combined with visual and social aesthetic concerns in new and emotionally compelling ways. First, digital technology enables the use of multiple windows or frames of action in a single screen. skyWriting exploits this potential to create new relationships between familiar images: several frames of action depict a subject from different viewpoints to create a new experience, forcing the viewer into an insecure relationship where nothing is taken for granted, each vision cut by a window revealing another world. Second, photographs are morphed into abstract forms: stripes, trails and traces, exposing details and facets of the object not usually subject to scrutiny; the audio material supplements and extends these devices. Exploring the margins between abstraction and photography, the work invites the viewer to evaluate familiar images and narrative sequences in a new way.

Transmediale 05 provided a global critical forum for new media art. There were 9 conference sessions and 60 lectures. skyWriting was part of its permanent exhibition. Transmediale was sponsored by The Council of the German Culture Foundation and there were 66 reviews in newspapers, journals, radio and television programmes. After showing on The Big Screen, Manchester City Centre, Philips used skyWriting to advertise BBC public space broadcasting on Philips LED video screens. It was screened twice during the Korean video festival, selected from the best experimental films of Seoul Net Festival from worldwide submission on the basis of its exploration of new models of screen aesthetics with high production quality. It was screened alongside a lecture at IRCAM, Centre Pompidou Paris, and included in group exhibitions in Edinburgh and Galashiels receiving reviews in The Scotsman and The Herald,.

Emma Rose's paintings and drawings

Solo exhibitions of paintings and drawings in Birmingham, North Tyneside and Bath were the outcome of Rose's practical enquiry into the paradoxical territory between vernacular photography and schematic, geometrical shapes, the components of a wholly abstract image. The investigation explored the area defined by images that are unproblematically representational photographs at one extreme and images wholly composed of overtly abstract elements -- like circles, triangles and diamonds -- at the other. She traverses the territory between painting and photography afresh in the light of digital media and abstraction, observing the visual demands of representational photographs on the one hand, and abstract, optically abstract image components on the other. The result was to create new, dramatically contrasting and complex relationships between photographic, abstract and digital elements; geometrical figures, like triangles, alluding to other images within the work, like fir trees and mountains or pixellated imagery.

When shown with White-out, the projection of skyWriting occupying the whole gallery wall extends the investigation of the boundaries between abstraction and photographic imagery. Animated images echo the sense of movement conveyed by the grouping of geometrical shapes in the paintings. The transformations reveal connections between the way abstract images are seen and the relation of abstraction to the source; in the processed images visual distinctions are perceptible even though features of the original image are emptied-out.

The exhibitions were accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with essays. The work at Mac was seen by 2457 visitors and a review of the exhibition was published in Metro March 11th 2005. The exhibitions were sponsored by Mac Gallery, AdHoc Gallery and Lancaster University.

Migrating art: A research design to support refugees recovery from trauma - a pilot study
Rose, E.E. 7/09/2017 In: Design for Health.
Journal article

Painting place: re-imagining landscapes for older people's subjective wellbeing
Rose, E.E., Lonsdale, S.M. 07/2016 In: Health and Place. 40, p. 58-65. 8 p.
Journal article

Hidden identities and concealed dangers: visual art, transgender health and wellbeing
Rose, E.E., Lonsdale, S. 03/2016 In: International Journal of the Image. 7, 1, p. 1-12. 12 p.
Journal article

Hidden Identities: Concealed Dangers. How art makes trans health issues visible: How art makes trans health issues visible
Rose, E.E. 29/10/2014

Encountering Place: A Psychoanalytic approach for understanding how therapeutic landscapes benefit health and well being
Rose, E. 11/2012 In: Health and Place. 18, 6, p. 1381-1387. 7 p.
Journal article

Rose, E., Boynton, N. 9/06/2012
Digital or Visual Products

Mentalizing Therapeutic Landscapes: The Benefit for Mental Health
Rose, E. 2012 In: International Journal of the Image. 2, 4, p. 87-94. 8 p.
Journal article

Landscapes in time: a psychotherapeutic intervention
Rose, E., Boynton, N. 2011 In: International Journal of the Image. 1, n/a, p. 117-127. 11 p.
Journal article

Reenchantment and reclamation.
Rose, E. 2007 In: Zivot Umjetnosti. 81
Journal article

Boynton, N., Rose, E. 2006
Digital or Visual Products

rush: video and sound projection, duration 7 minutes 30 seconds.
Rose, E.E., Boynton, N. 30/06/2005
Other contribution

skyWriting, video and sound projection, duration 13 minutes 46 seconds
Rose, E.E., Boynton, N. 1/06/2005
Other contribution

White-out + skywriting : white-out : paintings and drawings by Emma Rose ; Skywriting : a video and sound installation by Neil Boynton and Emma Rose.
Boynton, N.A., Rose, E.E. 2005 Wallsend : North Tyneside Arts. 16 p. ISBN: 0953447766.

A sustainable practice? : painting, criticism and theory.
Rose, E. 2000 In: De-traditionalism and art : aesthetic, authority, authenticity. London : Middlesex University Press p. 149-162. 14 p.