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Illustrated Talks

Lectures & illustrated talks

Each of the created exhibitions can be supported by curatorial talks by Dr Leo John De Freitas or, when possible, talks by the artists themselves.

For a nominal fee these talks, or ‘Meet the artist’ events, can be time-tabled to maximise the promotion of an exhibition to the gallery viewing publics or as a fillip in support of education activities hosted by venues.


Dr De Freitas has lectured extensively here in the UK and abroad, both in support of Graphicus Touring’s exhibitions and as an independent student in the history of British illustration from the fifteenth century to the present, and his lectures are on offer to museums, galleries, libraries, societies and educational institutions. He has talked/lectured at all levels of art education from school - both junior and secondary - to Art School Foundation courses, Vocational, Further education and Higher Education courses at both undergraduate and post-graduate level.

A short list of the universities, national bodies and societies he was been engaged by would include:

Universities :

  • Bath University College,
  • Chelsea College of Art & Design,
  • Glasgow School of Art,
  • Falmouth College of Art,
  • Kent Institute of Art & Design,
  • John Moores University, Liverpool,
  • Kingston University,
  • London Institute (Camberwell College of Art and Design),
  • Middlesex University,
  • Norfolk College of Arts & Technology,
  • Royal College of Art, London,
  • St Martins School of Art, London,
  • University of Brighton,
  • University of Central England (Birmingham),
  • University of Derby, University of Plymouth,
  • University of Westminster,
  • Wolverhampton University

National Bodies & Societies :

  • Association of Illustrators;
  • British Council (Köln),
  • GRAFILL Visuelt7,
  • Oslo Norway,
  • National Library of Scotland,
  • Edinburgh,
  • National Literature Centre,
  • Swansea,
  • Royal Society of Arts,
  • Victoria & Albert Museum,
  • Art Workers Guild,
  • Edinburgh Bibliographical Society,
  • Lewis Carroll Society,
  • Thomas Hardy Society,
  • Rare Books Group of the Library Association (CILIP),
  • The Imaginative Book Illustration Society,
  • together with various Local History and Art groups.

Seminars & Workshops

Dr De Freitas has been responsible for initiating, organising and chairing national symposia days and/or delivering key-note speeches to symposia and this extensive experience is available to institutions.

A short list of events would include:

  • “The Art of the Book: the illustration of contemporary adult fiction” Victoria & Albert Museum, London,
  • “Text & Image” study day, Association of Illustrators, London,
  • “The Art of children’s book illustration” Victoria and Albert Museum, London,
  • “Contemporary illustration in the UK: a personal view a personal vision” for the CILIP Rare Books & Special Collections Group, Annual conference,
  • Chair of a symposium debate on Drawing the line: ethics/green issues in illustration, Association of Illustrators, at the College of Communication, London.

For more information please contact Graphicus Touring on 01295 256110