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


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
Black SM 2019 'Fibs and fripperies: references to the real in digital illustration' Journal of Illustration 6, (2) , DOI PEARL
Black S 2014 'Illumination through illustration: Research methods and authorial practice' Journal of Illustration 1, (2) 275-300 , DOI PEARL
Black SM 0 'Rear View Mirror' Varoom Lab 1: Boundaries PEARL
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 PEARL
Conference Papers
Black S 2019 'Known Unknowns: design thinking in the entrepreneurial wilderness' European University, Nicosia, Cyprus PEARL
Black SM 2017 'Plume of Feathers: Still Moving Images' 4th International Motion Festival, European University,Cyprus PEARL
Black SM 2016 'Plume of Feathers: Exploring the Contemporary Moon Under Water Through Illustration' Shaping the View: Understanding Landscape through lllustration, Edinburgh College of Art, 10-11 November 2016 PEARL
Black SM 2016 'Plume of Feathers: Performativity and Performance' Markings Symposium, House of Illustration/UAL Markings Illustration and Performance Festival, 8-9 July 2016 PEARL
Black SM 2016 'Show and Tell: Writing the academic argument within the field of visual communication' International Conference on Artistic Research, Society for Artistic Research & University of the Arts, The Hague & Leiden University, The Hague, Netherlands 28-29 April 2016 PEARL
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 PEARL
Black SM & Imperatore L 2012 'Drawing into Knowing: A Natural History' Drawing Research Network Conference 2012, Loughborough University, UK PEARL
Black SM 2012 'Rear View Mirror' Boundaries: Illustration - Practice - Research, Plymouth University and VaroomLab Illustration Symposium, Plymouth University, UK 4-15 September, 2012
Black SM Black SM 0 'Employability for a Post-Work World: future-proofing Illustration undergraduates'
Black SM Black SM 0 'Meaning in the Methods'
Black SM Black SM 0 'The ‘S’ Word'
Other Publications
Black S 0 PLACEHOLDER for pending publication to be included in REF submission - Black S.