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Illustration and art of the book research

Explore our research in this area of expertise, one of 6 within our Art and Design: History, Theory and Practice research

Our research explores how self-publishing can allow a more diverse range of authors to communicate with an audience. Uncensored — and often made in limited editions — zines and artist's books can often tackle non-traditional subject matter.

We're researching zines that explore mental health narratives visually, either by social healthcare professionals or by service-users. We're also looking at how changing technologies are affecting traditional publishing, e-books, riso printers and letterpress publications.

Our research also covers the exploration of authorial illustration as an emerging genre. This includes graphic novels, comics and zines.

Our research covers the following topics


  • Illustration
  • Artists' books
  • Bookbinding
  • Zines
  • Drawing and creative practice
  • Independent publishing
  • Exhibition

Methods and facilities

We use creative and curatorial practices within our research, and we're a member of the Association of Illustrators which gives specialist advice – career, legal and creative – to freelance illustrators and illustration courses.

We're also home to The Ministry of Books, a special collection of artists' books and multiples, and a special collection of art zines, called Zineopolis.

Our members

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Dr Jackie Batey

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address
  • Department School of Architecture
  • Faculty Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

Discover our areas of expertise

Illustration and art of the book is one of 6 areas of expertise within our Art and Design: History, Theory and Practice – explore the other 5 below.

Interested in a PhD in Art & Design?

Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Art & Design postgraduate research degrees page.

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