Olivia Mathurin-Essandoh


I am a Illustrator and Arts Facilitator 

The key threads which can be found in my work are place, the mundane and overlooked narratives. My visual language comprises of a myriad of esoteric layers informed by a propensity for human-centred research methodologies.

As a practitioner my aims are to provide my audience with 'the shock of the familiar' and to trigger greater intergenerational discussion. I have a strong interest in participatory design, relational aesthetics and documenting social history as it unfolds. This has led me to undertake Artist Residencies both locally and internationally as well as completing a number of socially engaged projects with local community groups.

My work can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of London. I have designed a special edition Air Max 95 Sneaker for Nike. Over the last few years I have given talks at a range of institutions ranging from It's Nice That's: Nicer Tuesday, Central Saint Martins UAL and Eastside Projects - Birmingham. In addition I have worked on a range of editorial illustrations for clients such as Penguin, WeTransfer and The Design Museum.

As an educator I have had the privilege of teaching at Camberwell College of Art UAL, Royal College of Art and University for the Creative Arts before starting at Kingston.

Academic responsibilities

Lecturer in Illustration Animation


  • MA Visual Communication - Royal College of Art
  • BA Design for Graphic Communication - London College of Communication UAL
  • PgCert Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication - London College of Communication UAL
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching and learning

Associate Lecturer in BA Illustration @ University of the Arts London

2018 - 2021

Visiting Lecturer in Visual Communication @ Royal College of Art

2020 - 2022

Lecturer in BA Graphic Design @ University for the Creative Arts

2018 - 2022

Lecturer in BA Illustration Animation @ Kingston University

2022 - Present