Dr Stephanie Black

Dr Stephanie Black

Lecturer in Illustration

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




2016 Plymouth University

Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice

2014 University of the West of England, Bristol

PhD “Illumination through Illustration:Positioning illustration as practice-led research”. Undertaken with support from an AHRC Doctoral Award.

2008 University of the West of England, Bristol

MA Research by Project (Design)

2002 Glasgow School of Art

BA Hons Design: Visual Communication

1999 Winchester School of Art

Diploma: Foundation Studies in Art & Design



Creative practice & artistic projects

Selected exhibitions/screenings

Rhyl Love music video, Lift-Off Network First Time Filmmaker Sessions (Vimeo)
Ho-Hum Silver Lining music video, Street Side Cinema @ Aperture Cinema (Winston Salem, USA)

Rhyl Love music video, International Motion Festival (Nicosia, Cyprus)
Ho-Hum Silver Lining music video, KRAF film festival (Rijeka, Croatia)

Rhyl Love music video, Drunken Film Fest (Bradford, UK) & Vagabond Film Festival (Milton Keynes, UK)

Plume of Feathers, projected visual essays for live music performance, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Glastonbury, Farmfest 
Prefab-Lab art Fringe Arts Bath, artistic researcher in residence

Archives Project exhibition, Royal West of England Academy in conjunction with Elmlea School and the Lark Trust        
Drawn, Royal West of England Academy. Invited to exhibit ‘Imagined Postcards’ project for HATCH, and artist in residence with other members

The Power of the Sea, RoyalWest of England Academy. HATCH residency in response to the exhibition 
Sanctuaries, Rich Mix, London

Drawn, Royal West ofEngland Academy. Selected exhibitor and artist in residence with members of HATCH

Bisensual, ROM 8, Bergen,Norway
Doe De Mee (100 book covers to fight illiteracy), Expo touring to Antwerp, Brussels, Schwäbisch Hall, Maastricht

Home from Home, Leeds International Artists Book Festival

The Animal Gaze. London Metropolitan University & Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Exeter

Crossroads. Gallery MAMU, Budapest
An Aviary of Stories, solo exhibition andworkshop. Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
Artist's Books Showcase, Arnolfini Bookshop, Bristol
Bristol Design Festival

Society of Wildlife Artists, awarded young artist wildlife bursary. Participation in annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London

Image Nation, Collins Gallery, Glasgow

Things Unhappen, organisation and participation, Glasgow School of Art's Atrium Gallery       
Society of Wildlife Artists, awarded young artist wildlife bursary. Participation in annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London             

Society of Wildlife Artists, awarded young artist wildlife bursary. Participation in annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London

New Generation & Christmas exhibitions, Compass Gallery, Glasgow



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Conway JA, Ince S, Black S & Kramer ER (2020) 'GDNF/RET signaling in dopamine neurons in vivo' Cell and Tissue Research , DOI Open access
Black SM (2019) 'Fibs and fripperies: references to the real in digital illustration' Journal of Illustration 6, (2) , DOI Open access
Black S (2014) 'Illumination through illustration: Research methods and authorial practice' Journal of Illustration 1, (2) 275-300 , DOI Open access
Black SM 'Rear View Mirror' Varoom Lab 1: Boundaries Open access
Black SM (2019) 'Design for Life: Research Methods, Design Thinking and Authorial Illustration Practice' A Companion to Illustration: Art and Theory Wiley Blackwell 229-249 Open access
Conference Papers
Black S (2020) 'Illustration and the Other: reflective nostalgia and critical practice' Transposi­tion as Artist­ic Prac­tice Symposium, Bergen, Norway (online)
Black SM (2017) 'Plume of Feathers: Still Moving Images' 4th International Motion Festival, European University,Cyprus Open access
Black SM (2015) 'The Artist’s Book as Vehicle for Knowledge' Livres d’Artistes: The Artist’s Book in Theory and Practice, Cardiff University 4-6 December 2015 Open access
Black SM & Imperatore L (2012) 'Drawing into Knowing: A Natural History' Drawing Research Network Conference 2012, Loughborough University, UK Open access
Black SM (2012) 'Rear View Mirror' Boundaries: Illustration - Practice - Research, Plymouth University and VaroomLab Illustration Symposium, Plymouth University, UK 4-15 September, 2012
Black S 'Capitalising (on) research' Illustration Research Symposium #11 Education & Illustration: Models Methods Paradigms
Presentations and posters
Black SM Black SM 'Employability for a Post-Work World: future-proofing Illustration undergraduates'
Black SM Black SM 'Meaning in the Methods'
Black SM Black SM 'The ‘S’ Word'
Black S Black S 'Known Unknowns: design thinking in the entrepreneurial wilderness' Open access
Black SM Black SM 'Plume of Feathers: Exploring the Contemporary Moon Under Water Through Illustration' Open access
Black SM Black SM 'Plume of Feathers: Performativity and Performance' Open access
Black SM Black SM 'Show and Tell: Writing the academic argument within the field of visual communication' Open access
Other Publications
Black S & Vormittag L (2021) Colouring In: Nature. www.colouring-in.com
Black S PLACEHOLDER for pending publication to be included in REF submission - Black S.