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Dr Cathy Gale

Senior Lecturer


I am a graphic artist, DJ and senior lecturer on BA(Hons) Graphic Design at Kingston School of Art. Since 2004 I have also been employed as an Associate Lecturer at LCC (UAL) teaching across theory and practice. I devise staff-student collaborations in communities of practice to explore contemporary socio-political issues. In a research-led approach to teaching I subvert conventional design tools to operate as counter-cultural political devices in unconventional contexts. I have led the radical pedagogic Alternative Art School (AAS) since 2015 as a space for critical discourse and student autonomy through collective action. The Disco Dissent elective forms a transformative extension of the AAS in which creative dissent and enterprise meet as innovative modes of practice.  

Areas of specialism

  • Critical design practice
  • Graphic design
  • Radical pedagogy
  • Collective and collaborative design
  • Design activism

Courses taught



  • PhD (Brighton University)
  • MA Graphic Design and Art Direction (Royal College of Art, London)
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design


Number of items: 7.


Gale, Cathy (2015) Problem-finding as a research strategy connecting undergraduate learning with staff research in contemporary education institutions. Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 14(2), pp. 145-159. ISSN (print) 1474-273X

Renton, Lucy and Gale, Cathy (2014) Blog post describing HEA funded one day Seminar at Knights Park campus entitled "Collecting as a form of material knowledge across design disciplines: a narrative research method from FE to HE to lifelong learning.". Higher Education Academy blog,

Conference or Workshop Item

Renton, Lucy [Research team member], Postle, Paul [Research team member], Gale, Cathy [Research team member] and Blair, Bernadette [Research team head] (2012) Presentation on Open Educational Resources in FADA. In: Practising Open Education: developing the potential of open educational resources in art, design & media; 15 Sep 2012, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Still/Graphic Work

Gale, Cathy and Gregory, Jason (1999) Illustrations for the BT Intranet site. (Illustrations).

Gale, Cathy (1997) Foxtrot. (Illustration). 600 mm x 450 mm.

Gale, Cathy (1997) 'Tattie boggle'. (Illustrations).

Gale, Cathy (1997) The Viking saga of Harri Bristlebeard. (Book illustration). London, U.K. : Walker. ISBN 0744560888

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