Wolverhampton School of Art

Mr Howard Read

Senior Lecturer, Visual Communication, Illustration

Howard Read
Email address: h.read@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 322796 Location: MK Building, MK302 Faculty: Arts School/Institute: Wolverhampton School of Art Areas of expertise: Visual Communication, Illustration, Urban History


I am an artist and illustrator and gained my first degree in Fine Art, Painting from Chelsea School of Art, and my MA in Illustration from the Royal College of Art. At present I am a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University, researching the role of drawing in the process of urban regeneration.

Research interests

As an artist and illustrator my research engages with drawing as an expanded practice and I am currently investigating the role of illustration in urban history and spacial theory. My primary drawing methodology is location based fieldwork, focusing on contested urban city spaces. Documenting through drawing allows me to integrate personal history, memory and aspects of change. Thus informing a subjective phenomenological approach to exploring the city imaginary.

My current research practice and theoretical reading is focused on the role of the sketchbook in creative artistic activity. I’m interested in the inherent qualities and theory of recording and writing in sketchbooks, notebooks and journals as a way of gaining knowledge and the intuitive process of critical understanding. What the anthropologist Michael Taussig has called ‘a type of modernist literature that crosses over into the science of social investigation’ and allows for ‘the imaginative logic of discovery’ (Taussig 2011).

Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2016 PhD Research Drawings and Sketchbooks Hotel Elephant, Harper Road, London. December 2016
  • 2011 Drawings, Angel Building, Islington, London
  • 2009 Elephant Barbican Centre Arts Library January

Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • 2017 Sketch 2017 (National touring exhibition) Rabley Drawing Centre, Rabley Barn, Marlborough, SN8 2LW. 22 July - 3 September 2017
  • Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, BA11 1BB. 9 September - 6 October 2017
  • Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place, Plymouth PL4 8AT. 20 November - 15 December 2017
  • Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster Arts, Great Hall Complex, Lancaster University LA1 4YW
  • 2016 Columbia Threadneedle Prize Exhibition 2016:Figurative Art Today Mall Galleries London. February 3 - 20 http://columbiathreadneedleprize.com/page/3262/The+Exhibition
  • Figurative Art Today. Palazzo Strozzi, Strozzina, Piazza Strozzi, Florence, Italy. July 1 - 24 2016
  • 2015 Reportager Award 2015 Exhibition, University of the West of England, Bower Ashton Campus, Kennel Lodge Road, Bristol BS3 2JT. May 8 - 15
  • 2014 Cities Methodologies Exhibition Slade Research Centre, UCL. London 28 - 31 October 2014 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab/latest/events/cities-methodologieshttps://www.flickr.com/photos/116563188@N08/sets/72157649115874055/ https://soundcloud.com/uclsound/sets/cities-methodologies-2014
  • Spiralbound The London Radical Book Fair & Alternative Press Takeover, Bishop Gate Institute, London. May 10
  • Spiralbound 1.1 Gallery, Redchurch St, Shoreditch, London March - May 2014 https://spiralbound.jux.com
  • 2013 Southwark Park Gallery. CGP London Annual Open #29. 13 November - 1 December 2013
  • Peckham space Open 2013. 29 November - 20 December 2013 Paper Gallery, Interim Research, Manchester, 4 October- 17 November 2013
  • Sluice Art Fair, LionXLamb, Bermondsey, London, 18 October – 20 October 2013
  • DIY Cultures, Artists self publishing fair, Richmix, Shoreditch, London 2013
  • The Crossing CSM, Making Knowledge: Researching at Central Saint Martins, London. 20 February – 23 March 2013
  • 2012 LionXLamb, Works on Paper Hoxton, London, December 2012
  • 2012 Peckham Open, Peckham Space, Camberwell College of Art & Design
  • 2012 Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition, Jerwood Space London, (National touring exhibition)
  • Jerwood Gallery Hastings, 8 December 2012 – 6 January 2013
  • Mac Birmingham, 12 January – 3 March 2013
  • The Gallery The Arts University College Bournemouth, Poole, 22 March – 26 April 2013

Membership of professional bodies

  • 2007 Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • 2011 Reportager UWE University of West of England


  • 2012 PhD candidate MMU
  • 2007 PgCert. Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, University of the Arts London
  • 1997 MA Illustration, Royal College of Art
  • 1989 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art


Drawing and Illustration Work featured in Books and Exhibition Catalogues:

  • 2017 (forthcoming, journal paper) Drawing: Research, theory Practice, Intellect books, Bristol
  • 2017 Sketchbook 10 (Drawing), p.94, in Sketch2017, Rabley Drawing Centre catalogue. Touring exhibition. Wiltshire. Isbn 978-0-9926817-1-5
  • 2016 The Lost Estate (Drawing), Columbia Threadneedle prize, figurative art today. Mall Galleries Catalogue: London
  • 2013 Heygate Estate Sketches (Drawing), p.5, in Urban Pamphleteer 2, Regeneration Realities. (eds. Campkin, B; Ross, R.) UCL, Urban Laboratory: London. Isbn (print) 2052-8647 (online) 2052-8655
  • 2012 Gatepost (Drawing), p.62, in Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012 touring exhibition. Jerwood visual arts: London. Isbn 978-1-908331-07-6
  • 2012 Gathering Information, p.106-107. Case Study Editorial Illustration, p.164-165 in Zeegen, L. and Fenton, L. The Fundamentals of Illustration 2nd edition. AVA publishing: London. Isbn 978-2-940411-48-1
  • 2011 The editorial brief, p.90-93. Future pathways in Illustration p.186-187 in Hall, A. Illustration, Laurence King: London. Isbn 978-1-85669-710-1

Illustration Publishing Work:

  • 2011 Sartre A Graphic Guide , 4th Edition, Icon Books, ISBN 9781848312111
  • 2007 Introducing Sartre translation into Korean and Vietnamese
  • 2005 Introducing Sartre, Icon books, ISBN 840466723
  • 2005 1001 Pearls of Wisdom, Duncan Baird Publishing, ISBN 0811851141
  • 2004 Positive Business: Secrets of Successful Negotiation, Duncan Baird Publishing, ISBN 19042921519
  • 2003 Serbo-Croat translation Sartre Za Pocetnike, ISBN 9532220933 Naklada I Turk, Zagreb
  • 1999 Beginners Guide to Sartre 180b/w Illustrations Icon Books; UK ISBN 1540460075 Totem Books, USA ISBN 1840460660

Conference Papers and Poster Presentations:

  • 2017 9th MMU Postgraduate Research Conference on 22nd February 2017
  • Changing Lives
  • 2016 Artist Talk, GCD Illustration, Central Saint Martins March
  • 2015 Artist Talk, GCD Illustration, Central Saint Martins
  • 2014 Drawing Research Network Presentation Coventry University DRN Postgraduate symposium http://www.drawing-research-network.org.uk/drn-postgraduate-event- 2014-proceedings/
  • 2014 Wolverhampton Faculty of Arts Conference Paper presentation. Urban Regeneration: An illustrated case study
  • 2013 Cities Methodologies presentation Slade Research Centre UCL
  • 2012 Drawing Knowledge Conference Exhibition, Loughborough University
  • 2011 Illustration and Writing symposium MMU. Notes in my sketchbook: an analysis of text and image. Poster Presentation

Experience in industry

Editorial Illustration for:

  • The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Observer, The Sunday Times, House and Garden, Red Magazine, Food Illustrated, The Gourmet USA, Radio Times, The Traveller, Business Life Magazine, Financial Management Magazine, Brand Strategy Magazine, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Benfield Insurance, Orange, BBC, Chronicle Books, CIMA, Icon Books, Clerical Medical