Helen Graham

Signs, symbols and mythology inform ceramist Helen Graham’s work.

Using handmade porcelain and terracotta forms, she creates thought-provoking works on themes such as politics, feminism and advertising.

Her current practice is a progression from her MA in Visual Arts.

Helen Graham three pots

Creating hand-built forms from Southern Ice porcelain – a “very white, very translucent and very expensive” material – Helen imposes recognisable contemporary symbols on to handled flasks that reflect Classical and pre-Classical history and mythology.

Helen says:

“I am interested in themes such as gender and semiotics, and aim to create a visual narrative through inlaid decoration. Some are obvious comments; others are more obtuse and open to interpretation.”

Forms are created to reflect Ancient Near Eastern and Greek designs and decorated with, for example, female and male symbols for toilets, mixed in with religious imagery such as a bishop’s mitre. Helen designed this work to question the current Pope’s pledge to address world poverty while rejecting women’s reproductive rights, and refers to it as a commentary on Christianity’s uneasy relationship with women.

“We live in a culture where women’s lives are determined by the ways in which they are perceived,” she says. “And yet, at the 2013 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the term “reproductive rights” was removed, such is the strength of the Vatican lobby”.

“I am fascinated by archaeology and ancient sites and am a complete trainspotter for pre-Christian imagery. Many pre-Christian religions had female deities but Christianity either maligned them, or appropriated them and their festivals.”

Other recent works include a series about the 2012 Olympics, depicting Jessica Ennis and a female Iraqi archer,

“it’s a comment about passivism and women as products”, says Helen.

She is currently building her practice in preparation for the pursuit of a PhD.

Prior to her MA studies, Helen completed a BA (Hons) in Art and Design at Bradford University, specialising in ceramics and print-making (1989). She worked on a Creative Workshop Scheme and, in 1990, won a Princes Trust grant to investigate Portuguese ceramics, such as azulejoes and decorated majolica ware.

Helen was a founder member of Prospect Mill Studios in Thornton, Bradford. She is a qualified and experienced silversmith and holds a PGCE qualification. She has been teaching at HSAD since 2000.

She exhibits and sells her work widely, most recently at the British Craft Fair, Dean Clough in Halifax and at Gallery Eleven in Hull as part of a Northern Potters’ Association show. Upcoming exhibitions include a display in the North York Moors visitor centre at Danby; the Lillian Coleman Gallery in St John’s Wood, London; and The Meeting Room at South Square Centre in Thornton, Bradford, in November.

You can view Helen’s ceramics at: www.helengraham.org.uk.

Annemarie Tickle

Annemarie Tickle is a lecturer in Textiles, specialising in print and surface pattern design. She is passionate about print in all its diverse forms, from visual arts to specialist textile techniques. She says she loves the hands-on approach, experimenting with the accidents that produce expressive outcomes, contrasting this with skilled control of the medium.


Apart from textiles, over her many years working at the faculty, she has been involved in many disciplines, including fine art, fashion and illustration.

With a BA in Fine Art, Annemarie’s approach to textiles is all about experimentation with techniques and processes. She gains great satisfaction passing on skills to students and seeing how they interpret them in their own unique way.


As a colourist she is fascinated with the alchemy of the dying process and is involved in researching and developing skills in this area.

blue orange and Circles

Working on her MA in Visual Arts, Annemarie is absorbed in the minimal landscape of the River Humber and  flat East Riding landscape. Intense areas of focus are the elements, atmosphere, light, and emotional response to sublime nature. This is fed by her craving to explore remote places.

“I look at a place and I see the beauty in it,” she says. “It’s about the power of nature, the atmospheric and capturing fleeting effects of the weather on the dominating sky. I work directly on location to capture my immediate reaction to the landscape.

Drawing Outside AMTickle1

“These responses are then translated using paint on canvas, digital drawing and, particularly, unconventional textile dyeing techniques.

“My research is all about skills. My heart is in getting my hands dirty.”

Annemarie’s work has been exhibited at Studio 11 in Hull’s emerging Humber Street creative quarter and in the Ferens Art Gallery’s Open Exhibition. She regularly runs specialist print workshops and summer schools, including open screen printing workshops at Studio 11. Visit www.studioeleven.co.uk for more details.


In her spare time Annemarie is an active and founder member of a Hull-based art group HU5, exhibiting with an eclectic mix of creative people living in her neighbourhood.  She also joins forces with and appears as a muse for photographic artist Anna Bean, inventing strange characters placed in extraordinary situations. This echoes her delight in anything kitsch, bizarre and surreal.

Annemarie’s blog Ethereal Glue offers an insight into her creative processes.


Adam King

Accomplished artist Adam King is a Fine Art lecturer at Harrogate School of Art and Design (HSAD) and Art and Design programme leader on our Diploma and Foundation programmes.

A painter and print-maker who uses a range of media and techniques, he responds to his natural and architectural surroundings, saying:

“I am inspired by the world around me. My work is from indirect observation, the things you absorb through life and respond to.”

With a prolific body of respected work, Adam believes concerns about “good” and “bad” art need to be pushed aside in order to create and strives to pass on this message to his students. He says:

“My practice is very quick, manic. I find it compulsive, almost like an addiction. I don’t really know why I do it, I just have a compulsion to create. Once I have an idea in me, it has to come out. Then I do it over and over again until I get it right, repeating the practice until the lines are fluid and perfect.”

He exhibits his work widely in public collections, studios and through residencies, and specialises in Medieval painting and processes. Adam has been a practising artist since the late 1970s, joining the Faculty of Arts team as a lecturer in 2004.

Adam’s work can be seen in public collections, including those at the University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, Harrogate’s Mercer Gallery, and in online galleries such as the BBC’s Your Pictures. He shows work in group exhibitions up to eight times per year. He has strong connections with North Yorkshire Open Studios, having previously judged the competition and opens his own studio doors to members of the public every year.

“I like that feeling of being put on the spot and wondering how I’m going to respond quickly to the challenge,” he says, of the Open Studios initiatives. “I am proud that people appreciate and support the work that I do … that I am able to produce work, exhibit and sell.”

His current research interest is a studio-based response to the artistic works and lives of North Yorkshire’s celebrated Sitwell family. “My studio in Scarborough is opposite Wood End creative space, which was once the home of the Sitwell family,” says Adam, who recently contributed to an exhibition at Wood End gallery, and is currently planning a solo exhibition at the venue.

While studying for a degree in Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University, he began to explore Medieval painting processes, which naturally progressed into one strand of his diverse professional practice. He also has an MA in Fine Art from York St John’s University and a PGCE. Prior to working in education, he ran art galleries in Bath and Harrogate.

“As an artist, my style has developed over the years,” says Adam. “The Medieval process involves working with raw, ground pigments with traditional binding agents such as egg yolk or caisin, a lactose by-product of milk.”

In 2004, as artist in residence at Knaresborough Castle, this knowledge came into its own, as Adam produced work in response to the Medieval castle, stripping back layers of historical palimpsest.

And in 2005-6, as artist in residence at York Minster, he mapped the only surviving Medieval draughtsman’s floor in the minster, and developed the process of making prints from inscriptions in a plaster floor in his own work.

“I love passing on my enthusiasm and skill on to my students,” he says. “I’ve spent my whole life pushing the creative industry. As artists, we cannot simply say we can do it, we have to get on with it. We will always be learning, it’s one of those careers that you never retire from.”

Visit Adam’s website: http://www.adamkingartist.com

Staff Profiles – Hull School of Art and Design

In Alphabetical Order:



DIANE CHATTERTON,  – Printmaking

CLAIRE DAY  Textiles

CHRIS DIMMACK – Architecture, Graphic Design

DAVE ECCLES  – Graphic Design, New Media, etc

ALISON FIELD  – Photography

JACKIE GOODMAN  Associate Dean – Arts Faculty, Digital Media Journalism



GARY HORNSBY  –  Architecture

JILL HOWITT – Critical & Theoretical Studies

SARAH HUMPHREYS  Dean, Arts Faculty, RAGE Research Project

JULIE HUSBAND  Graphic Design

SARAH JOHNSON  – Critical & Theoretical Studies

JAYNE JONES  – Critical & Theoretical Studies

ANNA KIRK SMITH  Creative Futures, Fine Art

VINAYAN KODOTH  – Filmmaking & Creative Media Production

DOMANIC LI  – Illustration, Graphic Design

GINNY LINDENBAUM – Critical & Theoretical Studies, MA Coordinator


NEIL McCONACHIE Filmmaking and Creative Media Production

STEVE MOORE – 3D Workshop

GLYNIS NELSON – Photography

LINDY NORTON – Illustration, Printmaking Foundation Studies tutor


NATHAN PIDD  – Photography, Digital Print


ALEX RABONEGraphic Design

JO RAY – Fine Art

JOE SARGIESON Filmmaking and Creative Media Production

GARETH SLEIGHTHOLME –  Games Design, RAGE Research Project

PAUL STARKEY – Games Design

MARK TERRY – Photography


KEVIN WHITTAKER – New Media, Web Design

MARK WILLIAMS  – Illustration

STEVE WOODFORDCritical & Theoretical Studies

ELLIE WYNN  – Critical & Theoretical Studies

BEN WADE – Video, Moving Image

See sidebar for staff profiles divided by: Subject Cluster, Research Cluster, Campus etc.