Ms Rachel Lillie


My practice based research explores ideas around narrative non fiction and place, utilising and adapting field methods and archival research. My process is underpinned by drawing as research in the poetic investigation of place. I seek to explore the space between fact and fiction, image and artefact and it's effect on audience experience. This investigation heavily informs my teaching practice. 

I design and facilitate site based explorative workshops that seek to promote curiosity and develop ways of seeing, through drawing and walking. These workshops have been delivered across a range of cultural and educational institutions including Poole Museum in collaboration with The British Museum, Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow Wetlands and UAL Central Saint Martins working with BA Architecture students.

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

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer BA Illustration Animation


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

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught