The University of Newcastle, Australia

The Real World Impact Of Illustration - presented by Professor Alan Male

27 Feb 2020 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Join Professor Alan Male as he shares his insights into the power of illustration.

The University of Newcastle School of Creative Industries invites you to join this fascinating and thought provoking lecture in which Professor Alan Male discusses how illustration doesn’t just visualise history - it can shape it! It is the potency and originality of its messages that defines its true reason for being.

By presenting celebrated and dissolute case studies from the past and present, Professor Male reveals the true essence of messages imbued in the art of illustration when ethics and moral responsibility are often deliberately disregarded.

Illustration is used to shock, lampoon, insult, subvert, ridicule, express discontentment and proclaim political or religious allegiance; it stirs up disagreeable reactions; it incites worship and celebration; will be satirical and entertaining; be unashamedly persuasive and ‘hard selling’ and present fictional story narratives that some people might baulk at.

Don't miss this special presentation which will be followed by Q&A and networking drinks at the Watt Space Gallery Bar.


Please note: this presentation contains challenging adult themes and is not suitable for people under 18 years.

About Professor Alan Male

Professor Alan Male is an illustrator, writer and academic. He directed the illustration programme at Falmouth University from 1993 and led it to gain an international distinction for excellence. Promoted to Professor in 2009, he is a keynote speaker on the international stage. An authority on communication and cultural studies, professional practice, science and knowledge bearing illustration, he contributes widely to debates across a range of journals, conferences, magazines and learned papers.

Professor Male is the author of Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective (2007 & 2017), Illustration: Meeting the Brief (2014) and The Power and Influence of Illustration (2019), recommended textbooks, published worldwide and having excellent reviews. Alan is also the Editor of A Companion to Illustration: Art and Theory (2019), a benchmark volume setting the agenda and intellectual conversation around the discipline moving forward.

As an illustrator Alan has extensive experience in publishing and advertising having illustrated more than 170 books and other publications. He has won numerous awards including Gold from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and a Texas Blue Bonnet for children’s books. He has exhibited internationally and has work in New York State Museum’s permanent collection where he won the critically acclaimed Focus on Nature Jury Award three times.