Ms Rachel Gannon


I am an illustrator, educator and currently Course Leader for the BA Illustration Animation course. My interests lie in the potential of the discipline, its shifting landscape and innovative approaches to illustration methodologies. I have written and presented for Varoom Magazine, Illustration Research and Association of Illustrators Journal. I recently co-curated an exhibition that explores these ideas and the shift within illustration from the mediated form to the production of individual objects. My practice as an illustrator professionally has seen me work for The Guardian, The Natural History Museum, Tate Modern and Condé Nast. I have had experience at numerous educational institutions including Camberwell College of the Arts, Norwich University of the Arts and University of East London. I am currently External Examiner for the BA Graphic Design and Illustration course at Liverpool John Moores University. 

Academic responsibilities

Course Leader BA Illustration Animation


  • MA Communication Art and Design - Royal College of Art
  • BA Graphic Design: Illustration - Norwich University of the Arts
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught


My research is in documentary illustration practice. In 2015 I was awarded the Reportage Award for Frontiers, a project that documented the structures, architecture and spaces of the UK that we could classify as contemporary borderlands; particularly the docks of the South East coast. Other recent work included a funded research trip to Chandigarh, India - one of the world's most ambitious urban experiments. I have been a member of reportage illustration research group, Reportager based at the University of West of England.

I am currently co-authoring a book for Bloomsbury that documents and proposes a constellation of research methods for Illustrators.