Dr Stephanie Black

Dr Stephanie Black

Lecturer in Illustration

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


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


2018      Rhyl Love music video, Drunken Film Fest (Bradford, UK)     

Rhyl Love music video, Vagabond Film Festival (Milton Keynes, UK)


Plume of Feathers, projected visual essays for live music performance, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Glastonbury, Farmfest                 2016                          Prefab-Lab art Fringe Arts Bath, artistic researcher in residence

2015                           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     2014                        The Power of the Sea, RoyalWest of England Academy. HATCH residency in response to the exhibition Sanctuaries, Rich Mix, London

2013                       Drawn, Royal West ofEngland Academy. Selected exhibitor and artist in residence with members of HATCH

2012                        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

2008/9                    The Animal Gaze. London Metropolitan University & Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Exeter

2008                        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 inannual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London

2006                       Image Nation, Collins Gallery, Glasgow

2005                        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                     2003                       

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

Poster presentation IMPACT 6 Print Conference, UWE Bristol,UK 16-19 September, 2009‘Meaning in the Methods’ (Poster presentation), 2nd International Illustration Symposium: Illustration and Writing, Manchester MMU, UK 3-4 November 2011

‘Drawing into Knowing: A Natural History’ (Co-presentation w/ Lynn Imperatore), Drawing Research Network Conference 2012, Loughborough University,UK 10-11 September 2012

‘Rear View Mirror’ (Peer-reviewed article) Varoom, issue 18, 2012 pp54-59

‘Rear View Mirror’ (Conference paper),Boundaries: Illustration - Practice - Research, Plymouth University and VaroomLab Illustration Symposium, Plymouth University, UK 4-15 September, 2012

‘Rear View Mirror’ (Peer-reviewed paper), VaroomLab journal, issue 1, 2013 pp107-119

The ‘S’ Word’ (Poster presentation), 4th International Illustration Symposium: Science, Imagination and the Illustration of Knowledge, Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, UK 7-8 November 2013

‘Illumination through Illustration’ (Peer-reviewed paper), Journal of Illustration, 1(2) 2014 pp275-300

‘The Artist’s Book as Vehicle for Knowledge’ (Conference Paper) Livres d’Artistes: The Artist’s Book in Theory and Practice, Cardiff University 4-6 December 2015

‘Show and Tell: Writing the academic argument within the field of visual communication’ (Conference paper) International Conference on Artistic Research, Society for Artistic Research & University of the Arts, The Hague & Leiden University, The Hague, Netherlands 28-29 April 2016

'Plume of Feathers: Performativity and Performance' (Conference Paper) Markings Symposium, House of Illustration/UAL Markings Illustration and Performance Festival, 8-9 July 2016

'Plume of Feathers: Exploring the Contemporary Moon Under Water Through Illustration' (Conference Paper) Shaping the View: Understanding Landscape through lllustration, Edinburgh College of Art, 10-11 November 2016

‘Employability for a Post-Work World: future-proofing Illustration undergraduates’ (Poster Presentation) PedRIO Employability in the Curriculum & Beyond Conference, Plymouth University, 19 January 2017

‘Plume of Feathers: Still Moving Images’ (Conference Paper) 4th International Motion Festival, European University,Cyprus, 11-14 May 2017