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Lorna Dillon


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  • Northlands Road, Magee Campus

    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

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Research Interests

Lorna Dillon is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Ulster University. Her research focus is Latin American art and culture. Lorna is particularly interested in the relationship between visual art and human rights and the importance of culture and education to democratic societies. Her current Leverhulme project ‘The Symbolic in Processes of Transitional Justice’ explores the work of textile artists and art collectives in Latin America that use embroideries, quilts and arpilleras (applique art) to mobilize against injustice and human rights abuses.

Lorna’s doctoral research was on the Chilean artist, poet and musician Violeta Parra and this led to two books: Violeta Parra: Life and Work (2017) and Violeta Parra’s Visual Art: Painted Songs (2020). Lorna has also published journal articles and book chapters on Violeta Parra’s art.

Current and Recent Grants

2019 – 2023 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

2020 -2021 Henry Moore Foundation Research Grant ‘Britain Chile Solidarity’

2017  Consejo de la Cultura y los Artes (Chilean government), travel award 

2017  Institute of Fine Arts, University of New York, travel award 

2017  Higher Education Funding Council for England event funding via the Culture Capital Exchange    

2006 - 2009  AHRC Doctoral Award for the research project ‘Violeta Parra’s Visual Art’ 

External positions

Executive Committee Member

17 Jun 2020 → …

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

2018 → …

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Research Output

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    Extracts From La Guitarra Indócil (The Unruly Guitar)

    Dillon, L. (Translator) & Manns, P., 2017, Violeta Parra: Life and Work. Tamesis Books, p. 27-34

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution

  • Violeta Parra: Life and Work

    Dillon, L., Morales, L., Verba, E., Miranda, P., Boyle, C., Agosín, M., Yalkin, S. & Canepa , G., 1 Oct 2017, Woodbridge: Tamesis Books. 214 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Violeta Parra's Contribution to the Nineteen Sixties Art Scene

    Dillon, L., 2017, Violeta Parra: Life and Work . Woodbridge: Tamesis Books, p. 157-172

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access


    • 4 Invited talk
    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Other

    Research Integrity Training for Staff

    Lorna Dillon (Participant)

    Activity: Other

    Art and Human Rights Networking Day with an Exhibition of Art from the Conflict Textiles Collection and a Discussion with Roberta Bacic

    Lorna Dillon (Organiser)
    20 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...


    Coloquio Internacional Violeta Parra

    Lorna Dillon (Invited speaker)
    30 Aug 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


    El arte pop y el surrealismo en la obra de Violeta Parra

    Lorna Dillon (Invited speaker)
    6 Dec 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


    100 Violets

    Lorna Dillon (Invited speaker)
    31 Oct 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


    Press / Media

    Interviewed for the chilean newspaper El Austral

    Lorna Dillon


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities