Position: Head of Design
College: College of Arts
Department: Art and Design
Subject area: Art and Design
I manage undergraduate and postgraduate courses and staff in the Design Subject area including; Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Fashion and Textiles as well as our Computer Games collaborative provision with the School of Computing
I currently teach on the MDes and MA courses in Visual Communication and also at PhD level.
I am particularly interested in postgraduate study in Design, the role of drawing in the design process, partnerships between industry and education and how good design can impact on social responsibility and affect positive change in society.
I lead the Design and Visual Communication research group and I'm interested in research and practice in;
Children's books; British 1960 - 1990
Reportage and social documentary in art.
Figurative drawing and painting
Printmaking and Artist's books
History of Visual Communication and publishing;
Contemporary European Comic Imagery and Graphic Novels
English romantic/narrative artists and designers including Bawden, Ravillious, Minton
I am an experienced external examiner and external panel validation panel member/advisor at institutions across the UK; appointments have been at University of Dundee; Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Brighton, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Norwich School of Art and Design, Anglia Ruskin University, The University of Wales Wrexham, University of Loughborough, Coventry University and Birmingham City University. I am a member of the University External Examiner Sub Committee of Academic Board.
- BA Hons Graphic Design, University of Wales Newport, School of Art Media and Design
- MA Illustration, Royal College of Art, London
2010 "Choosing Lipsticks" short story for "The Observatory" publication, Visual Communication Research Group. University of Derby
2009 "The Fleece" short story and illustration for "The Observatory" publication, Visual Communication Research Group. University of Derby
2008 "The Creative Use of Actuality" Artist's Book. Published by the Visual Communication Research group at the University with funds from the Open Studio. University of Derby.
2010 Panel Member and presenter; "Drawing Dialogues" Quad Derby
2009 Exhibitor at Small Publisher's Fair, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London
2009 Works contributed to "Time and Being - Landscape Time and Memory" Bower Ashton, University of the West of England, Bristol.
2008 Solo exhibition "The Creative Use of Actuality" at the University of Derby. Documentary drawings paintings and illustration.
2008 "The Creative Use of Actuality" Artist's Book. Published by the Visual Communication Research group at the University with funds from the Open Studio. University of Derby. In partnership with Tracy Tomlinson, designer.
Works can be seen in the collections of the following;
The Imperial War Museum, London
The Museum of London
The National Maritime Museum
The Royal Air Force
British Rail Engineering
Kent County Council
South East Arts Association, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
The British Medical Association, London
My freelance Illustration and design work has been commissioned by clients including;
Penguin Books, Pandora Books, The Illustrated London News, London City Ballet, Wolff Olins, Welsh Channel Four Television magazine, The Royal Air Force, The British Medical Association, Stephenson Harwood Solicitors London, publishers Mitchell Beazley, Bloomsbury/Swallow Books, David Chipperfield Associates Architects London, Gibson Hamilton Partnership Architects Loughborough, Ambit Magazine London, Woolworths PLC, The London Magazine, Derbyshire County Cricket Club and Derby City Council.
I have travelled to China and Athens on a number of occasions with the University of Derby in connection with collaborative provision and international recruitment. I am a member of the Faculty International Operations group.