Beverley Irving-Edwards, (PhD Researcher)


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Liverpool born Illustrator-researcher studying for her PhD with Belfast School of Art, Ulster University.

Current doctoral research involves creating an autoethnographic illustration practice utilizing personal experience of poor body image and eating disorders in the childhood home by creating object illustrations as domestic ware. A series of Conversation Café's will be held with groups of women to collect data on the dialogic effects of close engagement with a unique object, as opposed to an illustration on the page or screen. The Conversation Cafés will develop into a craftivist environment where the participants create their own cups while discussing the cultural aspects of western women's body image and the colonialist origins of the (white) feminine ideal.

Through balancing ethical responsibility and the aim of generating critical dialogue, iterative cycles of the work are made to determine the benefits and pitfalls of using object illustrations to communicate with an audience.

Other illustration interests include gender stereotyping and mental health, political editorial and environmental concerns, child freeness, and socially engaged illustration practices to generate inclusion and mental wellbeing.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master, MA Illustration, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University

15 Sept 201628 Sept 2018

Award Date: 28 Sept 2018

Bachelor, BA (Hons) Illustration, Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University

14 Sept 201229 May 2015

Award Date: 29 May 2015

External positions

Peer Reviewer, International Association of Illustration Academics

23 Jun 202330 Jul 2023

Casual (hourly paid) Teaching Assistant, Ulster University

30 Mar 20234 May 2023

BeU Project: Storied Objects workshop designer and facilitator, The Rainbow Project

15 Mar 202321 May 2023

Mindful Museums: Programme 6 facilitator, Prescribe Culture | The University of Edinburgh

20 Mar 20213 Aug 2021

Research Assistant, Interfaith Childhoods | RMIT University

11 Jun 20184 Nov 2019


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