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Ms Rachel Lillie


My specialist area of interest is in how audiences engage with narrative; the process of interpretation and physical experience between spectator or reader, 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 drawing as research in the poetic investigation of place. This research 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.

My current exhibition at Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow explores the history and diversity of the landscape of Epping Forest. Using walking as a key method of research as well as archival material, drawings presented alongside and hand carved artefacts from fallen wood from the forest ask the audience to consider the space between knowing and unknowing, the seen and the unseen, and the past and present.

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.

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

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