Ms Jo Davies

Ms Jo Davies

Visiting Professor

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)




MA Illustration -Kingston University 1998

PGCE Post-Compulsory Education -Greenwich University 1990

BA Hons Graphic Design- Maidstone College of Art and Design

Professional membership

Member of the AOI

Member of SCWBI (Society of Children's Writers and Book Illustrators)

ADM-HEA reference group

Editorial board member-Varoom magazine

Roles on external bodies

Academic co-ordinator Varoomlab

Scientific Committee Culmulus Research Network (Hong Kong 2016)

Scientific Committee Culmulus Research Network (Paris 2017)

Council member for the Association of Illustrators 1998-2003

Editorial Board member Varoom magazine -Published three times yearly from 2005

Co-Chair and convenor of The network of Illustrators and Researchers in Illustration-UCE 2002

Academic associate of HEA



Teaching interests



Professional practice-employability and enterprise in illustration

Staff serving as external examiners

Current appointments:

External Examiner - Birmingham City University
BA(hons) Illustration

External Examiner - SHAPE Hong Kong
BA Visual Communication

External Examiner - University of Wales
MA Creative Dialogues
BA (hons) Illustration
BA (hons) Visual Communication

External Examiner - Wuhan University of Technology
BA Animation
BA Graphic Design

Past appointments:

External examiner BA(hons)Illustration , Hereford College of Art and Design 2003-2007

External validation panel member -MA Authorial Practice -Falmouth College of Art 2002



Research interests

Drawing and practice in contemporary Illustration

The process of creating illustration
The relationship between theory and practice within illustration

Other research

Academic lead VaroomLab research network



Key publications

leafy cummins (2013) becoming a successful illustrator. UK USA AUS Bloomsbury creative careers
Brazell D & Davies J (2011) Making Great Illustration. A & C Black
davies J; duff L (2005) Drawing the Process. Intellect Limited
Davies J (2003) Dudley top dog. scholastic
Davies J, Davies J & Brazell D Making great illustration. UK A&C Black
davies J & brazell D understanding Illustration. A+ C Black/ Bloomsbury Academic USA
Davies J 'THE GUIDE TO SUCCESS' The Association Of Illustrators
Conference Papers
Brocklehurst JR (2012) 'Divisive or Connective: The Digital Boundary and Illustration' in Davies J Boundaries: Illustration-Practice-Research Plymouth University 9-/-0/20129-/-0/2012
Davies J (2011) 'The Edge of our Thinking' RCA 1-/-1/20111-/-1/2011
Davies J (2005) 'Drawing :The Process' drawing :The Process Kingston University 1-/-0/20031-/-0/2003UK INTELLECT
images -Best of British Illustration. London RCA 01/07/2010Lighthouse Publisher Site
Drawing the process. stanely picker gallery 01/01/2003show included 50 works
Drawing the process. stanely picker gallery 01/01/2003show included 50 works
Cool Mann. Erin Arts Centre Victoria Square, Port Erin, Isle of Man 03/12/2014
Presentations and posters
Other Publications
DAVIES J (2013) varoomlabjournal issue 1 Boundaries. Association Of illustrators


Conferences organised

Boundaries  Plymouth University VaroomLab, September 2012

Spatialising Swansea Metropolitan University January 2104

Interpretation Arts Unversity College Bournemouth  Autumn 2014

Visionaries Birmingham City University 2015

Joint organisor of Drawing -The Process, Kingston University 2003

Other academic activities

Member of National Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Art , Design and Media focus group

Peer review of papers and proposals for ADM-HEA