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School of Arts and Media

Robert Shadbolt

Lecturer in Graphic Design



As the Illustration Subject Leader at The University of Salford, I have established Salford as a unique and exciting place to study illustration. Previous posts include Illustration Subject Leader at Norwich School of Art and Design, and Senior Lecturer,  Visual Communication Design at Middlesex University.

Having worked as an illustrator since graduation with BA (Hons) in Graphic Design (1st class) from Maidstone College of Art in 1981 and MA Illustration from the Royal College of Art in 1984; My clients include major international newspapers, magazines, book publishers, design companies and advertising agencies



My focus is evolving unique curriculum content based on our physical environment, the people who live and work there, its history and future. At Salford we are able to explore the unique potential of our location. The city is a microcosm of urban life, historic and contemporary, providing the students with the perfect subject matter to develop their visual language. Through this microcosm we are able explore and comment on and to the world we live in.

Research Interests


My research interests focus on the use of drawing as a fundamental tool for the creative practitioner as means of  Documenting  recording articulating and exploring thoughts, ideas and concepts.

Qualifications and Memberships


Full Member of Research Centre: Creative Technology & Communications

The Association Of Illustrators,

 Drawing Research Network,

The Design Research Society

 RCA Alumni.



Southwark College BTEC Multi Media - distinction

Royal College of Art MA Illustration

Maidstone College of Art BA (Hons) Graphic Design - first



Publications or Equivalent Output


Lunch Lines

Chronicle Books 2011, 1st edition. Signer, D & Shadbolt, R

Sprout Your Own Leafy Wonders

Chronicle Books 2009. Books, C & Shadbolt, R

Sprout Your Own Sweet Scents

Chronicle Books 2009.Books, C & Shadbolt, R

The Sword In the Stone

T.H. White  Collins, 1998 illustrated by Robert Shadbolt

The Wedding Survival Guide

New Holland Pub Ltd 2004  illustrated by Robert Shadbolt

Other Publications

The Happy Flyer, (A balsa wood glider) notedco 2009.

The Guide, Contemporary Art Society 2010, citation.

Projects and Exhibitions 2010-2012

June 2012 HOME Exhibition: Exhibitor, Cornerhouse, Manchester.

April 2012 Visualising Teaching and Learning: Co-Curator and exhibitor, Project Space MediaCityUK

Oct 2011 Tropico del Libro: Commenced illustrated contributions to the Italian literary website.

Manchester and Salford Illustrated: Exhibitor, Manchester.

The Association of Illustrators: Featured Artist, online.

June 2011 Salford and Manchester: Themes and Variations, solo exhibition, Islington Mill, Salford.

May 2011 Say Something Poster Exhibition: Curator, Islington Mill, Salford.

The Serco Prize for Illustration short listed exhibitor, London transport Museum.

Salford Zine Fair organiser

April 2011 Illustration Rally GANBARE NIPPON ZINE contributor.

May 2011 Character Totem exhibitor, Pictoplasma conference, Berlin.

Mar 2011 Paper Girl Manchester Art for Japan: exhibitor, Common Bar, Manchester

Feb 2011 Modernist Manchester Map, contributor, M3 Magazine

Jan 2011 Tankard artwork exhibitor, Port Street Beer House, Manchester.

Type Exhibition, contributor, The Hub, Salford.

Dec 2010 Winter Wonderland, curator & exhibitor, The Hub, Salford.

Nov 2010 After Hours at the Whitworth, Zine Workshop organiser,

Chapel street Information Exchange, curator, The Hub, Salford.

August 2010 RCA artbar submission, collaboration with Paul Mitchell, Interior Design, Salford University


International: 2008 5th LOCUS Ningyo-cho Exhibit Space Visions Tokyo Japan, Exhibition