Visiting Professor Graham Rawle to give inaugural lecture at Falmouth

(c) Graham Rawle, from The Wizard of Oz

Author, artist and designer Graham Rawle will give his inaugural lecture as Falmouth School of Art’s Visiting Professor of Illustration on 22 March 2017.

Internationally admired, Rawle is one of the UK’s most interesting and original visual communicators, known by many for his long running ‘Lost Consonants’ strip, which appeared in the Guardian from 1990. A writer and collage artist whose visual work incorporates illustration, design, photography and installation, Rawle has a strong following for his eagerly-awaited published books, which include The Card (shortlisted for the 2013 Writer’s Guild Award), Graham Rawle’s Wonder Book of Fun and Diary of an Amateur Photographer. His collaged novel Woman’s World, created entirely from fragments of found text clipped from vintage women’s magazines won wide critical acclaim, described by The Times as ‘a work of genius…the most wildly original novel produced in this country in the past decade.’ His reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz won Book of the Year and Best Illustrated Trade Book at the 2009 British Book Design and Production Awards. Alongside these works, Rawle has produced regular series for The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine and The Times.

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Graham Rawle. Photo credit: Jenny Lewis

Rawle’s flair and passion for education has been recognised through honorary appointments and awards. As a previous contributor to both Falmouth School of Art’s guest speaker programme and its Illustration Forum he already has a strong interest in Illustration here. Of his appointment in 2016, Rawle said, “It’s a great honour for me to have been made Visiting Professor of Illustration at Falmouth University. I have long admired the School of Art’s commitment to nurturing original and individual thinking in art and design. My own research in sequential design and visual narrative spans across illustration, literature and, more recently, film. I’m interested in how the principles of storytelling, particularly three-act structure, can be employed in the development of design strategies across a wide range of disciplines. I look forward to finding ways of making connections with students, staff and researchers at Falmouth”.

Rawle has established himself as a ground-breaking research-led writer, illustrator and designer, evidenced through the range and depth of key scholarly texts that cite and analyse his work. He teaches on the MA Sequential Design/Illustration and MA Arts and Design by Independent Project courses at Brighton and in 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate for Services to Design from Norwich University of the Arts.

Graham Rawle’s lecture at our Falmouth Campus is free, but registration is required, as seats are limited: Click here to register through our Eventbrite page.

Find out more about our BA(Hons) Illustration and MA Illustration: Authorial Practice.

 

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Deborah Levy returns to Falmouth as Visiting Professor

Wednesday 30 April 2014 17.00 to 18.00 – Woodlane Lecture TheatreDeborah Levy photographed at home in north London for the Observer by Sophia Evans.

Falmouth School of Art Professorial Lecture – Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy is a writer working across fiction, performance and visual culture. She trained at Dartington College of Arts, leaving in 1981 to write a number of plays, highly acclaimed for their “intellectual rigour, poetic fantasy and visual imagination”, including Pax, Clam, Heresies for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Macbeth – False Memories, all published in Levy: Plays 1 (Methuen).

Deborah has written five novels: the 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlisted, Swimming Home, translated into 14 languages, Beautiful MutantsSwallowing GeographyThe Unloved (all reissued by Penguin), Billy and Girl (Bloomsbury). Her 2012 short story collection Black Vodka was short listed for The Frank O’Connor Award and the BBC International Short Story Award. Her long form essay, ‘Things I Don’t Want to Know’, a response to George Orwell’s 1946 essay ‘Why I Write’ and Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own is published in hard back by Notting Hill Editions, paperback by Penguin.

For BBC Radio 4, Deborah wrote two acclaimed dramatisations of Freud’s most famous case studies, ‘Dora’ and ‘The Wolfman’. Deborah has lectured at The Freud Musuem, Goethe Institute, Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern, The Henry Moore Foundation, and The Royal Academy School. She was Fellow in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1989-1991 and AHRB Fellow at The Royal College of Art 2006-9 where she worked with animators and illustrators on a research project titled, ‘The Life of Objects – What Objects Tell Us About Our Secret Lives’. A BBC Radio 3 documentary presented some of this research in a programme titled The Glass Princess.

Deborah will be collaborating with Andrzej Klimowski, Professor of Illustration at the RCA, on a graphic novel for publishers Self Made Hero, working from her short story ‘Star Dust Nation’.

Deborah Levy’s early work is being reissued and has recently been reviewed by Alex Clark in The Guardian.

Guest Speaker – Graham Rawle

Thursday 17 April 2014  – 17.00 to 18.00 Woodlane Lecture Theatre – The Falmouth School of Art Guest Speakers

(C) Graham Rawle

Graham Rawle is an author, artist and designer based in London. His weekly Lost Consonants first appeared in the Weekend Guardian in 1990 and ran for fifteen years.

Rawle has produced other regular series for the Observer, the Sunday Telegraph Magazine and The Times. Among his published books are The Wonder Book of Fun, Lying Doggo and Diary of an Amateur Photographer.

His collage novel Woman’s World, created from fragments of found text clipped from women’s magazines, won wide critical acclaim, described by The Times as ‘a work of genius…the most wildly original novel produced in this country in the past decade’.

Rawle’s reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz won the ‘Best Illustrated Trade Book Award’ as well as 2009 ‘Book of the Year’ at the British Book Design Awards. His latest novel, The Card was published in June 2012.

Rawle has exhibited widely internationally and given lectures about his work at educational institutions, museums, theatres, literary festivals, galleries, conferences, bookstores and cinemas. He teaches on the MA Sequential Design/Illustration at the University of Brighton, and was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Norwich University College of the Arts.

Illustration Alumni Visit

On Tuesday 5th February Levels 2 and 3 were visited by three of our most successful recent graduates, Emma Dibben, Owen Davey and Robert Fresson as part of a Business Forum event organised jointly with our Learning Futures department. The day was a fantastic success, starting with a series of business related lectures in the main lecture theatre and culminating in an afternoon of illuminating talks by by our visiting alumni.

Owen Davey is a freelance Illustrator, well known for his children’s Picture Books but has worked extensively within editorial and advertising areas too. His work has been published in every continent except Antarctica, including picture books in UK, America, Australia, France & China. http://www.owendavey.com

In 2011, Owen won ‘Junior Magazine Most Promising New Talent Award’ for my debut picture book, Foxly’s Feast.Clients include: Orange, BBC, Microsoft, Persil, The Guardian, New York Times, The Times, The Telegraph, Jamie Oliver

Emma Dibben has become well known for her splatters, fingerprints and splodges, (You may recognize her work from the Waitrose Bag for Life), a visual language that she has carefully developed and is now part of her trademark style.

On graduating in 2004, with a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Illustration, Emma and moved to Bristol.Commissions soon followed and saw her creating images for prestigious clients including Waitrose, The Guardian and the BBC.

 

Whilst food illustration is a core element of her practice, Emma thrives in the challenge of editorial illustration with commissions from the Guardian, Conde Nast and the Financial Times amongst others. http://www.emmadibben.com

Flag enthusiast, artist and illustrator Robert G. Fresson has spent the last few years honing the usage of technical drawing tools and materials. He has his own drawing board and some French curves. He also has an inclination towards off-white papers, Ukiyo-e from Japan and CMYK colour separation. Humour is an important aspect to his work, and he has been quoted as saying (probably to himself): “while it is difficult for me to be seriously funny, I find I have an aptitude for being funnily serious”. His lifelong dream is to own a cabin in Novascotia, though conversely he currently lives on a boat on the River Avon in Bath.

Robert has recently completed his MA at the Royal College of Art http://www.rgfresson.co.uk