Falmouth School of Art Guest Speakers - Graham Rawle

Robbing Peter - Graham Rawle
Wednesday 31 October 2018 17.00 to 18.30
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Robbing Peter to Make Paul: Negotiating copyright in visual arts practice. 

In his third Professorial Lecture at Falmouth, collage artist Graham Rawle discusses some of the baffling copyright issues he has encountered through his work and considers the legal and ethical justification for the transformative use of copyright-sensitive material.

Rawle is an internationally admired writer and collage artist whose visual work incorporates illustration, design, photography and installation. He has produced regular series for The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine and The Times and among his published books are The Card, The Wonder Book of Fun, Lying Doggo, and Diary of an Amateur Photographer. His collaged novel Woman's World, created entirely from fragments of found text clipped from vintage women’s magazines won wide critical acclaim, described by The Times as ‘a work of genius…the most wildly original novel produced in this country in the past decade.’ His reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz won the Best Illustrated Trade Book Award as well as 2009 Book of the Year at the British Book Design Awards. The Card, was shortlisted for the 2013 Writers' Guild Award for fiction. He is known to many for his long running 'Lost Consonants' strip, which first appeared in the Guardian in 1990. His latest book, Overland, was published by Chatto & Windus in 2018. 

Of his role as Visiting Professor at Falmouth, Rawle says, “It’s a great honour for me to have been made Visiting Professor of Illustration at Falmouth University. I have long admired the School of Art’s commitment to nurturing original and individual thinking in art and design. My own research in sequential design and visual narrative spans across illustration, literature and, more recently, film. I’m interested in how the principles of storytelling, particularly three-act structure, can be employed in the development of design strategies across a wide range of disciplines”. 

Rawle has established himself as a ground-breaking research-led writer, illustrator and designer, evidenced through the range and depth of key scholarly texts that cite and analyse his work. His flair and passion for education has also been recognised through honorary appointments and awards. He teaches on the MA Sequential Design/Illustration and MA Arts and Design by Independent Project courses at Brighton and in 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate for Services to Design from Norwich University of the Arts.