Dr Helen Gorrill


Art and Design Office, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

Portrait photo of Helen Gorrill
On this page



Helen is DJCAD’s open research, and EDI lead, and she also directs the MFA artistic research and writing module and the contemporary art practice dissertation modules. 

She is currently in a three-book deal with Bloomsbury Academic Press (London & New York). Helen’s work Women Can’t Paint is held in the permanent research collections of the V&A, the Met (New York), MoMA (NY), Baltic, Tate Britain, the Museums Association, and many other international institutions. 

Her artwork is included in the Brooklyn Museum’s artabase archive (New York). As an academic she applies disruptive techniques to challenge stagnancy in gender equality, feminist methodologies and the visual arts. 

Helen welcomes applications from prospective PhD projects in the areas of visual arts (in)equalities, gender, intersectionality, feminisms (art and theory), gendered aesthetics, and painting theory.


Current/forthcoming PGR and PhD students:

Almukaimi, Eman:
The Influence of European Modernism on Today's Arabic Contemporary Sculpture

Ananmalay, Kiyara:

Challenging representations in portraiture through the work of Zanele Mulholi and Ajamu X.

Awdhah Alotaibi
Analyzing the Impact of the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait
on Thuraya Al-Baqsami's Artworks

Karami, Mahtab:
Comparative Gendered Aesthetics in Contemporary Afghan Painting, pre/post-Taliban occupation

Kennedy: Lauren-Marie:
The Gendered Politics of Veganism

MacKinnon, Kirstin:
Gendered Aesthetics in Contemporary Scottish Painting

Pakdel-Cherry, Sara:
Middle-Eastern Feminist Revolution Art and Gendered Textuality 

Media availability

I am available for media commentary on my research.

Contact Corporate Communications for media enquiries.

PhD Projects

Principal supervisor