About 

Karen Gabbitas is a visual artist whose work encompasses drawing, moving image, installation, participation and social engagement. Her practice is informed by a fascination with ritual and liminal spaces and often reflects on time and transience. Taking a meditative and sustainable approach, she creates group walking events. Her drawing, videos and artists books build upon the highly attentive and present aesthetic of her walking work. 

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, she studied History at Durham University and was a teacher for more than twenty years before attending Edinburgh College of Art. She graduated in Intermedia Art in 2011.

She lives and works in North Berwick where the local landscape is an abundant inspiration as she seeks to explore the extraordinary and spiritual in everyday life. 



Selected Exhibitions


2019  Collective Thoughts, North Berwick Art Collective, Fringe by the Sea


2019  Tide: Dialogues of Change, North Light Arts, Townhouse, Dunbar


2015  Christmas Slow, A walk for ArtCOP Scotland, Creative Carbon, Scotland


2014  Fertile Ground Conference Walk, North Light Arts, Belhaven Community Garden


2014  Walk Slow, Pedal Fast, walk and installation The John Muir Festival


2014  Passing, film, Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh


2013  Woodland Crossing, film, Townhouse Dunbar


2013  Walking to Nowhere, artist’s book in touring exhibition The Archivist, Wigtown Book Festival


2013  Walking to Nowhere, artist’s book in touring exhibition The Archivist, Environmental Art  Festival Scotland, Dumfries


2013  Woodland Crossing, choreographed walking event, North Light Arts Festival


2013   Slowly Ascending, film, East Lothian Visual Arts exhibition, John Gray Centre, Haddington


2013   Walking into Spring, a walk for the vernal equinox, East Lothian Visual Arts


2012  Slowly Ascending, a slow walk with Jog Scotland, North Berwick Law


2012  Walking to Nowhere, a slow walk for North Light Arts Festival


2012  Incoming, Salon Neu, Embassy Gallery


2011  Slow Wave Through the City, a walk for Embassy Gallery Annuale


2011  Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art


2011  Dirt Work, film in Elephants at the Royal Standard, Royal Standard Gallery, Liverpool


2010  Tag Tour, walking performance, Edinburgh Festival



Presentations


2016  Green Tease, Creative Carbon event, Gayfield Spaces, Edinburgh


2016  Walking Women, Edinburgh Art Festival


2015  ArtCOP Scotland, walking and poetry event, Creative Carbon


2015  Visiting lecturer, Guests at Grays, Grays School of Art, Aberdeen


2014  Fertile Ground Conference, North Light Arts


2014  Talk for East Lothian Visual Arts, The John Gray Centre, Haddington



Awards


2015  Visual Arts Award East Lothian Council/Creative Scotland


2012  Visual Arts Award East Lothian Council/Creative Scotland


2011  Andrew Grant Travel Scholarship


2009  Andrew Grant Travel Scholarship








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