Nick Dodds is an illustrator, researcher and senior lecturer in visual culture. He is currently responsible for teaching contextual studies across a number of programmes including BA Graphic Design, BA Illustration, FDA Games Design and MA Creative Practice. Nick has a longstanding passion for narrative theory and visual story telling which feeds directly into his own artwork and academic research. Recent academic output includes Spatial Poetics: The Control of Time and Space in Graphic Narratives, published by the Association of Illustrators [AOI] in VaroomLab magazine. Nick has also worked collaboratively on comic strip themed projects with organisations such as Tullie House Gallery in Carlisle, Copeland Arts in Whitehaven and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal. He is the editor and prime mover behind the anthology Bagatelle, a magazine published bi-annually by the University of Cumbria and featuring 'comic strip tales' collaborations from professionals and student creatives. Furthermore, as a musician with the low-fi band Pecker, Nick has co-written and performed original soundtracks to a diverse range of films including The Grandmother [Lynch 1970] and Man With a Movie Camera [Vertov 1929] at venues including Whitehaven Civic Centre and Theatre Clwyd, North Wales. Nick is currently working on a PHD project at Northumbria University based around an exploration of the 'graphic memoir', a practice-based approach that intertwines personal, family, social and political history.
Qualifications and memberships
MA Art History [Manchester Metropolitan University]
Post Graduate Certificate in Education [Cambridge University]
BA Graphic Design [Middlesex Polytechnic]
Academic and research interests
Visual narratives & sequential illustration/visual literacy/cultural theory