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About Darren Diss

As an educator I teach undergraduate students on the BA(Hons) Illustration and MA (Design) programme at the University of Lincoln. I have worked across a wide range of illustration projects in industry as a freelance illustrator and curator. My current research investigates perceptions, values and relationships around contemporary creative practitioners producing artworks at sites of historic interest. Since 2015 I have been working with The National Trust at sites in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. I have worked as project initiator, creative practitioner, curator and researcher. As a researcher I am interested in how the ‘site’ of an artwork can influence perceptions around interpretations of sites’ stories, and the way these reconfigure established discourse. The relational aspect of my work is an essential component. The projects have a participatory core which integrates the knowledge, experience and interpretations of volunteers, staff and visitors into production of contemporary creative works.

Department Responsibilities

Module Leader

Subject Specialism



  • MA Narrative Illustration University of Brighton
  • PGCert 3D Computer Animation London Guildhall University
  • PGCert Research Art Architecture Design University of Lincoln


  • Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy — The HEA


External panel member, University for the Creative Arts

Research Interests

  • Curatorship and Production - Site Specific Work (Around Sites with a Compelling Social History)

  • Curatorship - Silent Graphic Novels

  • Editorial Illustration

Research Projects

  • A Ballad for Southwell — in 2016

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Membership of Association of Illustrators (course)