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Paul Bailey

Course Leader, MA Graphic Media Design
London College of Communication
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Paul Bailey is an Irish graphic designer, educator and researcher based in London, UK.

He is currently course leader MA Graphic Media Design at London College of Communication; committee member Graphic Design Educators’ Network; fellow Higher Eduction Academy; and member Supra Systems Studio.

Paul's practice, originating in the expanded field of visual communication, incorporates commissioned and self‐initiated work and is driven by an open, collaborative and divergent working method. The outputs take various forms such as exhibitions, publications, performances, workshops and writings.

Most recently, he has been commissioned to design two major international exhibitions, Maps of Defiance, UK Pavillion, Milan Trienalle with/for V&A, presenting the work of Forensic Architecture with Yazda and .OBJ, National Design & Craft Museum Ireland.

Paul has conducted residencies and presented research concerned with new behaviours of reading and writing at the Jan van Eyck Academie, the Netherlands; Frans Masereel Centre, Belgium; the National Institute for Design, India; Shanghai Institute for Visual Arts, China; ECAL, Switzerland.

He has been an invited critic, jury member, external examiner and course validator at:

  • Architectural Association, UK
  • Central Saint Martins, UK
  • Cardiff School of Arts, Wales
  • Icelandic Academy of the Arts, Iceland
  • Limerick School of Art & Design, Ireland
  • Manchester School of Art, UK
  • National College of Art & Design, Ireland
  • Royal College of Arts, UK.

Throughout 2015-18, Paul held the post of visiting advisor at the Jan van Eyck Academie, during which he co-led the research inlab The Art of Forgetting and the Digital Campfire intensive with the Design Displacement Group.

Paul has been awarded White Square Students Union Award (2012, 2013, 2018), UAL Sustainability Award and UAL Teaching Award (2013) and UAL Teaching & Learning Innovation Award (2016, 2018).

Paul has presented, exhibited and published works internationally and has works acquired by public and private collections such as Museum of Modern Art, USA.

He curates lecture series, exhibitions and public programmes concerned with design and society.

In 2018 he co-curated a weekend long public programme for the Design Museum exhibition, From Hope to Nope entitled (Re)distributed Media: Leakage.

Paul holds a BA Visual Communication, Limerick School of Art & Design, Ireland; MA Communication Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL; Postgraduate Certificate in Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Art, Design & Communication, UAL.


Listen to an interview with Scratching the Surface where Paul discusses design, criticism and research.

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