Staff profile

Carl Robinson

Senior Lecturer - BA (Hons) Fine Art

Carl wearing a suit jacket and shirt.


Art and Design


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts

Research centre

Digital and Material Artistic Research Centre




Derby Campus, Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I first began working in education in the 1980s and have been involved in numerous educational roles within institutions since that time, including Artists workshops at the Liverpool Tate and Artists Residencies. I have set up and led various Art Foundation programmes, been Head of Subject for Design and Media, and a Head of School of Art and Design, and Creative Arts.  I am currently a senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Fine Art programme, with a focus on Year 1 Tutorship.

My current practice-based PhD research asks whether it is possible to synthesise material-based painting with photography/the digital in single artworks, which adds to the wider research into the relevance of the materiality of painting in the digital age.

Thesis title 

From Hybridity to Synthesis: Positioning Material-Based Painting in the Digital Age


Teaching responsibilities

Research interests

My practice centres on the creation of digitally manipulated photographic images that aims to bring together a conjunction of three themes: artistic invention, thwarted narrative and the consequences of looking. I am particularly interested in creating works that concentrate on the problem of pictorial narrative, especially where this intersects with 'realism' and how seemingly emphatic images that deny ultimate decoding raise questions around the differences between 'seeing' and 'reading'.


Recent conferences

I originated and coordinated the first PaintingDigitalPhotography conference at QUAD Arts Centre Derby, UK, (2017) which examined the relationships between painting, the digital, and photography in contemporary art practices. I edited the anthology of essays that stemmed from this event into the book PaintingDigitalPhotography: Synthesis and Difference in the Age of Media Equivalence (2018).  

I then organised and led the PhotographyDigitalPainting symposium at QUAD in 2019, and edited the book of essays from this in PhotographyDigitalPainting:  Expanding Medium Interconnectivity in Contemporary Visual Art Practices, which is due for release in autumn 2020.

Experience in industry

I have been a practicsing artist for over 40 years and have exhibited nationally and internationally, including

I have works in various collections, including the Arts Council of Great Britain's Permanent Collection.

Recent publications