School of Art and Design


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Bob Wright

  • Qualifications: PhD, MA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3824
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  • Department: School of Art, Design and Performance
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries



  • Portsmouth School of Art (Illustration) (1971-74)
  • University of Brighton, MA Sequential Design (1997-99)
  • University of Portsmouth, PhD completion 2009

I trained as an illustrator and have worked for a variety of clientele over the years. My current areas of interest are in printmaking, photography and multimedia.

I am particularly interested in the persuasive value that the narrative image plays in Art Design and Media specialisms: how children's book illustration can take the viewer, adult and or child, to that place of illusion. I am also very interested in the communicative value that formal portraiture can play out when exploring more than a likeness, a personality. The grasp of the personality in such work is paramount to the success of the piece. I am currently exploring the original purposefulness of local heritage buildings and comparing that against current function.

Teaching Responsibilities

Academic Roles

  • Admissions, BA (Hons) Illustration
  • Schools liaison for Disability
  • Faculty Ethics Committee member
  • Departmental Extenuating Circumstances Officer (School of Art and Design)
  • International College Portsmouth academic link
  • Faculty Education Liaison Committee
  • PhD Supervisor

Teaching Units

Level 4
  • Colour and Line
  • Introduction to Professional Practise
  • Narrative Illustration
  • Research Methodologies
Level 5
  • Professional Skills Development
Level 6
  • Professional Practice-promotion
  • Professional practice-projects
  • Illustration Presentations
  • Illustration Self-Directed Project


Painting, Drawing, Photography, Typography

My PhD submission informs the subject of the behavioural differences of the Asperger child, through narrative imaging, This body of work is presented through a website, exhibitions and limited edition information books.

Introduction to the project

This project is dedicated to the parents and children affected by Asperger's Syndrome. This work also intends to raise further awareness to the syndrome, analyse the support systems currently available and question the currency of parental and clinical communication. I am particularly interested in the support this brings to the child's development. Repetitive disorders are symptomatic to Autistic behaviours, which in turn has its own spectrum of disorders and associated disorders. These may differ from case to case but are unique in there own right. Some high function Autistic Spectrum Children, may not display extreme behavioural patterns, but subtleties in their body language, speech and habitual routines may not normally be accepted as usual behaviours. I have endeavoured to illustrate some of these issues through text and image, put to book. Completion 1999.


Research profile

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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