Lizzie Ridout

Job title
Senior Lecturer
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.


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

Honours and awards


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


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

Publishing as Arts Practice

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs


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

Ridout, Lizzie (2011) The Art of the Speech Balloon. Varoom, 16. ISSN ISSN 1750-483X Item availability may be restricted.

Ridout, Lizzie (2008) The Invent-ory: words on imagined repositories, endless indexes and an exercise in collecting beginnings. Ultrabold, 5. ISSN Not known

Book Chapter

Ridout, Lizzie (2014) Showing Saying: On Speech Balloons. In: Semiotics and Visual Communication: Concepts and Practices. Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 322-332. ISBN 978-1-4438-5468-9

Conference or Workshop Item

Christoforidou, Maria and Ridout, Lizzie and Star, Dion (2017) Various Writings: Chapter Two. In: MIX 2017: Writing Digital, 10-12th July 2017, Bath Spa University, Newton Park Campus.

Christoforidou, Maria and Ridout, Lizzie and Star, Dion (2017) Various Writings: Chapter One. In: Various Writings: Chapter One, 28/29 April 2017, University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland. (Submitted)

Christoforidou, Maria and Ridout, Lizzie and Star, Dion (2016) Various Writings: CAST Residency. In: Various Writings: CAST Residency, 6-11th February 2017, CAST, Helston, Cornwall, UK.


Ridout, Lizzie (2015) A Polychromy in Black (Publication for Bideford Black: The Next Generation). Études, Falmouth, UK. ISBN ISBN 978-0-9934412-0-2

Ridout, Lizzie (2011) Ways to Talk & Yet Say Nothing or Ways to Not Talk & Yet Say Everything. Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY, US. ISBN 1893125793

Ridout, Lizzie (2007) Homeward Bound or An Exercise in Collecting Beginnings. The British Library, London. ISBN ISBN 978-0-7123-4990-1


Scott, Linda and Ridout, Lizzie and Potter, Ashley and Barwick, Tom and Owens, Dean (2012) Message. [Artwork]


Salkeld, Nicola and Rudolph, Ashley (2017) STUFF. [Exhibition] Item availability may be restricted.
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Ridout, Lizzie (2016) Portable Document: A Taxonomy. [Exhibition]
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Masterton, Elizabeth and Ridout, Lizzie (2015) Tanks & Tablecloths Chapter Two. [Exhibition] Item availability may be restricted.

Ridout, Lizzie (2012) Lizzie Ridout: Ways to Talk & Yet Say Nothing or Ways to Not Talk & Yet Say Everything. [Exhibition]


Ridout, Lizzie and Masterton, Elizabeth (2014) Tanks & Tablecloths at The Independent School of Art. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)


Areas of teaching

Graphic Design

Courses taught

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