Lizzie Ridout

Job title
Senior Lecturer
Email
lizzie.ridout@falmouth.ac.uk
Telephone
01326 259202 Ext: 259202

Lizzie studied for a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Bath, followed by a degree in Graphic Design at Falmouth College of Arts, graduating in 2000 and went on to gain a Masters in Communication Art & Design from the Royal College of Art, London in 2002. Both her undergraduate and postgraduate experiences instilled in her the importance of rigorous research and ideas as a critical underpinning of craftsmanship: the form of her creative outcomes are informed by the theme or idea at the heart of its content. Her approach crosses disciplines and work falls into the categories of fine art, design, illustration, writing, curation and research, as defined by each project.  

Lizzie has worked at Falmouth University as an Associate Lecturer since 2003 and is currently a Senior Lecturer working in levels one and two. Previously she worked at Plymouth University as year one coordinator between 2009 and 2015. Lizzie was also a Visiting Lecturer and Associate Lecturer on various Foundation, BA & MA courses - from graphics to illustration, textiles to history of art - at institutions across the UK including: University of West England, Central St Martins, Kingston University, Chelsea College of Art & Design, University College of the Creative Arts: Epsom and University of West England.

Qualifications

YearQualificationAwarding body
2002
Masters in Communication Art & Design (Thesis: Distinction)
The Royal College of Art
2000
BA (Hons) Graphic Design (First Class Honours)
Falmouth College of Art
1996
Foundation Diploma
Bath

Honours and awards

YearDescription
2014

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2010

Teaching & Learning Fellowship with Sarah Chapman at Peninsula Arts

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Alongside her teaching Lizzie has maintained an artistic practice, through exhibition, collaboration and theoretical research.  

Lizzie’s practice stems from a desire to deconstruct cultural messages. It begins with questioning a fact, a story, an object, an image, an icon, a ritual, a process, a history. This historical, cultural, visual and textual information informs meta-thinking, and meta-making, about the subject itself. Process, material and place determine the form of the outcomes produced. These outcomes communicate messages about the origin of cultural concepts and motifs, and linguistic etymology, and borrow working methods from graphic design, illustration and fine art. Recurrent themes in Lizzie’s work are based around language, communication, writing and speaking and the use of the archive as resource.  

Over the last decade Lizzie has exhibited nationally and internationally and taken part in prestigious, funded residencies including being selected as the Pearson Creative Research Fellow at the British Library and as Artist in Residence at both Fiskars, Finland and Women’s Studio Workshop, NY, the largest hand-made artist’s book publisher in the US.  

In recent years, Lizzie has had a number of papers peer-reviewed and published. Papers have been delivered at conferences at St Bride Type Library, Plymouth University and the International Conference in Semiotics & Visual Communication, Cyprus.  

A number of her book-work projects are held in various repositories including: The British Library, London, UK; Library of Congress, US; New York Public Library, US; Indiana University Bloomington, US; Lafayette College, US; Rochester Institute of Technology, US; University of Delaware, US; Vassar College, US; Virginia Commonwealth University, US; and Yale University, US.

Research topics

Language
Communication
Writing
Reading
Speaking
Sound
Typography
Publishing as Arts Practice
Books
Archives
Libraries

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs

Article

Ridout, Lizzie (2013) An Essay Concerning the Architecture of Conversation. Message, 1 (1). pp. 24-33. ISSN 978-184102-347-2
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Teaching

Areas of teaching

Graphic Design
Typography
Illustration

Courses taught

BA Hons Graphic Design
MA Illustration: Authorial Practice
MA Communication Design