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Research interests

Drawing pervades the activities of the art school but there are many other contexts in which drawing takes place, supporting explanation, communication, expression and thought. Philippa's main research interest is in drawing practices, particularly in applied settings where drawing impacts on health and wellbeing, within art and design education, and in research. She leads the drawing theme in the Centre of Research Excellence in Arts and Wellbeing.

In recent years she has researched and published on the manual drawing that takes place in clinical contexts, on the concepts of 'touch' and 'presence' in drawing, on the impact of drawing as a tool in cross-disciplinary learning and the uses of drawing within visual research methodologies. Philippa's work on clinical drawing with Martha Turland has been published in Medical Humanities Journal and she has an open access paper in which she explored some of the problematics of visual representation within clinical communication (Lyon, P. (2016). Visualising and communicating illness experiences:drawing, the doctor-patient relationship and arts-health research).

Philippa has an interest in the use of drawing within research and in developing a greater understanding of its potential and the limitations as a type of visual research method. What kind of 'data' can drawing produce? What might the appropriate uses of this method be? A chapter in the second edition of the Sage Handbook of Visual Methods, edited by Luc Pauwels and Dawn Mannay, explores this.

Drawing is to some extent fraught with notions of legitimacy and skill, with who can and can't draw. Whilst celebrating and investigating the value of various types of specialist and highly skilled drawing, Philippa also believes in the importance of seeing drawing as a wide spectrum of practices, many of which are open and inclusive, which we all have the right to take part in, and which bring benefits to many. The desert island drawing project is a collection of filmed selections of drawings from a range of contributors, with accompnaying personal narratives about why drawing matters.

Philippa is also interested in curation, both in terms of its importance as a skill for art and craft students, and as a method through which practice-based research data can be analysed, selected and communicated. She has been involved in exhibition selection panels and in curating and organising a number of exhibitions, including two that reappraised the work and impact of the artist and designer MacDonald Gill (2011, 2013), one looking at the role of art in considering environmental change (at ONCA Gallery, 2015 with D. Bullen, L. Coleman and A. Clayton), two cross-disciplinary drawing exhibitions at the University of Brighton (Utility of the Line in 2014 with M. Turland; Marks Make Meaning in 2015 with D. Bullen) and other internal exhibitions for taught and research postgraduates and colleagues. With D. Bullen and J. Fox she curated an exhibition in Norway in 2019, as part of the Touching the World Lightly project. 

Scholarly biography

Philippa began her career in university administration and management. Following an MA in Twentieth Century English Literature, she completed a PhD, Anthologies of British Second World War Poetry: A Literary and Cultural Analysis, awarded in 2005. In parallel with this, she wrote the genre study Twentieth-Century War Poetry: A Reader’s Guide to Essential Criticism (published 2005), commissioned by Palgrave Macmillan.

Philippa has taught on continuing education courses at the University of Sussex and on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English Literature at Brighton. Following a postdoctoral period of employment as a Research Officer for the National Physiotherapy Research Network based in the University of Brighton’s Clinical Research Centre, Philippa developed an interest in arts/health research.

Philippa was appointed as a Research Fellow in the then Faculty of Arts and Humanities on a project to mark the 150th anniversary of the Brighton School of Art. She co-edited (with J. Woodham) the book From Arts to Manufactures: Art and Design at Brighton, 1859-2009. She then embarked on ‘outsider’ research into both higher education and museum-based projects funded by the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Through Design (CETLD). This led to a journal article and a book: Design Education: Learning, Teaching and Researching Through Design, published by Gower. In 2011, she project-managed a major exhibition and symposium reappraising of the work of the designer, MacDonald Gill. 

Since 2012, Philippa has focussed on drawing research, with interests in collaborative drawing as a cross-disciplinary educational tool and in the role of drawing, health and wellbeing. She is the theme lead for drawing in the Centre for Research Excellence in Arts and Wellbeing. Prior to that she was the Research Leader for the Drawing Research and Enterprise Group (2017-2019), which had developed from her role facilitating the Drawing Research Interest Group from 2012-2017. Philippa is also Research Mentoring Lead for the School of Art, offering individual mentoring and coordinating the pairing and training of mentors and mentees.

Since 2015 she has been a tutor on the MA Craft, specialising in critical and creative thinking and academic skills in presenting and writing for creative practitioners. She leads the module that integrates creative practice research and contextual studies for MA Craft and MA Textiles, and teaches research methods for MA and PhD students.

Supervisory Interests

My main supervisory interests are in the understanding and applications of drawing in clinical settings, the use of drawing as a tool of learning, approaches to arts/health research, the relationship between drawing and writing and creative/visual research methods.

I am currently supervising one PhD student: Vanessa Marr, with Jessica Moriarty and will be supervising a second PhD student, James Murray, in the academic year 2020/21. I act as an external adviser to Dr Sam Murton, a GP and doctoral student looking at drawing and health literacy in the University of Otago, New Zealand.

I have supervised 4 PhD students to completion: Dr Simon Bliss, Jewellery, Silver and the Applied and Decorative Arts in the Culture of Modernism, 2019; Dr Gavin Fry, Male textile artists in 1980s Britain: a practice based inquiry into their reasons for using this medium, 2018; Dr Curie Scott, Elucidating perceptions of ageing through participatory drawing: a phenomenographic approach, 2018; Dr Sarah Haybittle, Correspondence, trace and the landscape of narrative: a visual, verbal and literary dialectic, 2015.

I have examined five PhDs: Melissa Cheung, University of Sydney, Australia, 2019 (external examiner); Louisa Buck, University of Brighton, 2018 (internal examiner); Samantha Lynch, University of Brighton, 2018 (internal examiner); Mike Sadd, University of Brighton, August 2015 (internal examiner)Tanja Golja, University of Technology Sydney, Australia, January 2012 (external examiner).

I've acted as internal examiner for three MRes students: Claire Scanlon, 2019; Diana Brighouse, 2015; and Mark Lander, 2014.

I have also been an independent reader for MPhil/PhD transfers and reader for annual progression review.

Knowledge exchange

Philippa was invited to give a talk at the opening of the exhibition of work by Elaine Foster-Gandy, Meaning Makes Marks, in ONCA Gallery, Brighton, in 2019.

Philippa developed a multi-stakeholder network for Drawing, Health and Wellbeing Research, including patient and service user representatives and members of the public, clinicians, artists, academics and arts/health specialists. This brings together existing connections with academics and clinicians working in this field in the US and Australia, as well as the UK.

Philippa was involved in the Year of Drawing arts/health project as part of the Creative Team. This project was run by Make Your Mark, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and aimed to increase access to the arts for people living with mental health conditions. This involved collaborating to share the practice and learning through exhibitions and a symposium.

Philippa has connected with the organisation Drawing Life, run by Judy Parkinson. This project explore the benefits that engaging in life drawing can have for people living with dementia and their carers, and work was included in the 2018 Marks Make Meaning exhibition.

In 2016, Philippa organised a Refugee Solidarity Day of Drawing public event, in conjunction with MARS (Migrant and Refugee Solidarity group at the University of Brighton) and the Drawing Research Interest Group (DRIG).

Following the 150th anniversity, Philippa was invited to deliver a public lecture at Ditchling Museum, ‘Connections: Brighton School of Art, Ditchling and Louis Ginnett’, on 3 June 2009.

Education/Academic qualification

Unknown, Higher Education Academy

1 Sep 201822 Mar 2019

Award Date: 22 Mar 2019

PhD, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Mar 2005

Master, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Sep 1998

Bachelor, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Jun 1990

External positions

AHRC peer college reviewer

1 Jun 2019 → …

Keywords

  • NC Drawing Design Illustration
  • Drawing, health, wellbeing
  • drawing research
  • visual methods
  • PR English literature
  • war poetry
  • second world war

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Research Output

Using drawing in visual research: materializing the invisible

Lyon, P., Dec 2019, The Sage Handbook of Visual Research Methods. Pauwels, L. & Mannay, D. (eds.). 2nd ed. London: Sage Publications Ltd, p. 297-308 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

Visualising the body: health professionals' perceptions of their clinical drawing practices

Lyon, P. & Turland, M., 20 Nov 2019, In : Medical Humanities. p. 1-30 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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  • Marks Make Meaning: Drawing across the disciplines

    Lyon, P. & Bullen, D., 9 Mar 2018

    Research output: Non-textual outputExhibition

    Open Access
    File
  • Manual drawing in clinical communication: understanding the role of clinical mark-making

    Lyon, P. & Turland, M., 1 Jan 2016, In : Visual Methodologies. 5, 1, p. 39-44 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • Activities

    Movement Makes Marks

    Jane Fox (Presenter), Philippa Lyon (Presenter), Joanna Stevens (Presenter) & Julia Winckler (Presenter)

    3 May 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    Movement Makes Marks exhibition

    Philippa Lyon (Presenter)

    3 May 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    Talk to the Art and Law Group at the University of Sussex

    Philippa Lyon (Presenter)

    10 Apr 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    Touching the World Lightly

    Philippa Lyon (Presenter), Duncan Bullen (Presenter) & Jane Fox (Presenter)

    21 Jan 201925 Jan 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    AHRC Techne Peer Review College (External organisation)

    Philippa Lyon (Member)

    7 Nov 2018

    Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesRepresentation of University on boards and bodies