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Ms Rachel Lillie

Senior Lecturer BA Illustration Animation


My specialist area of interest is in how audiences engage with illustration; the process of interpretation and experience between spectator, object and image. My current research utilises and adapts field methods to explore site as context, particularly looking at the local natural landscape to reveal overlooked narratives. My process is underpinned by the practice of drawing during the course of the poetic investigation of subject. This research heavily informs my teaching practice.

I was awarded a six-month residency at House of Illustration, exploring the narrative possibilities of documenting site, and have exhibited work on the history of Epping Forest at Somerset House. I have presented this work at Illustration Research: Shaping the View conference in 2016 and co-authored an experimental film for the International Journal of Art & Design Education conference in 2016, looking at the role of drawing as research. 

Areas of specialism

  • illustration
  • drawing
  • landscape / site

Courses taught



  • Postgraduate Certificate for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • MA Visual Communication
  • BA (Hons) Illustration & Animation

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