I am an artist, designer and educator with a background in graphic design and illustration and an interest in community orientated work. My current practice involves a range of collaborative visual arts and performance projects.

After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration from Chelsea School of Art, I spent twenty years as a freelance designer working on various print based and web projects for community, arts, and education sectors.

As an educator, I initially worked for a variety of adult education organisations, before joining Leeds College of Art (1999-2012), where I was programme leader for BA (Hons) Visual Communication. I have lectured across a suite of contemporary art and illustration degrees at Huddersfield University (2012-2015) and since 2014 worked at Leeds Beckett University on BA (Hons) Graphic Arts and Design. I have held a number of external examiner posts and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have been with OCA since 2009 – as a tutor across a range of courses and levels, course author and programme leader for BA (Hons) Visual Communication. More recently, I helped to write and develop the new programmes in Graphic Design and Illustration. I am a keen advocate of OCA’s inclusive and accessible approach to art education and enjoy working with the diversity of students that OCA attracts. I hold a PGCE in Online and Distance Education from the Open University (2008), which has helped me in supporting open learning students. Another of my roles at OCA is to represent tutors and other programme leaders at various boards and committees.

As an artist, I maintain a diverse practice that has included performance, moving image, painting, and printmaking. Realising that the more playful I became, the more engaging my work became to others, I undertook a Masters in Contemporary Fine Art Practice (2001). This focused on “less avant garde more ‘ava go” performances, which played with improvised comedic craft skills and acts of stupidity, and frictions between comedy and physical threat, excitement and risk.

I am currently involved with a collaborative project called Bristow & Lloyd (https://bristowlloyd.wordpress.com/) that playfully explores the ways in which we tell stories about our everyday lives. The work encourages participation and involves working with written or spoken word through typography, small publications, or audio.

Programme Leader for Illustration, Graphic Design and Visual Communications

“I am a keen advocate of OCA’s inclusive and accessible approach to art education and enjoy working with a diverse range of students.”
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Christian is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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