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, artist’s books and prints 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 and Projects

2023  Land Meets Sea, North Berwick Art Collective exhibition at Ocean Vertical outdoor centre

2022  North Berwick Art Collective Christmas Show

2021  Slow walk for Pilgrimage for COP26 Launch Event, North Light Arts, Dunbar

2020  Visual Arts Scotland Online Exhibition

2020  Re:Connections, Upright Gallery, Edinburgh

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


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


2022  Visual Arts Award East Lothian Council/Creative Scotland

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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