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Dr Clinton Cahill PhD

Senior Lecturer

Dr Clinton Cahill

Senior Lecturer
Subject tutor MA Graphic Design and Art Direction, MA Illustration and MA Animation
Tutor on BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Clinton Cahill's commercial background in illustration and has lectured in art and design since 1982. He has taught courses in Further and Higher Education institutions in the Northwest and overseas. His first degree is in Fine Art, painting (exhibiting as a Whitworth Northern Young Contemporaries in 1980) and he holds an MA the History of Art and Design. Currently a full time Senior Lecturer in the Department of Design at Manchester School of Art, he is co-ordinating subject tutor for taught MA/MFA Graphic Design and Art Direction, MA/MFA Illustration, part of the taught Postgraduate Design Network. Clinton pursued his interests in the phenomenology of image and the relationship between image, text and illustration, by undertaking a part time practice-based PhD study into visuality in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, exploring visual adaptation of the text and processes of reading-through-drawing. This is also an expression of his interest in advancing the practice-as-research agenda of the School of Art through the development of dialogue, opportunity and resources. His thesis was submitted in 2017 and his PhD conferred in 2018. He has presented papers and contributed book chapters and peer reviewed journal articles on his research in the UK and internationally.

Clinton served as External Examiner for MA Applied Arts at the University Wolverhampton, 2008 - 2012 and for Communications Art and Design, University of Huddersfield, 2009 - 14. He is currently External Examiner for the MA courses in Illustration and Book Arts, and Graphic Design and Typography at Anglia Ruskin University.

Clinton has supervised two PhD candidates to completion, is currently supervising five in progress and one MRes student.


'Arts School!'

'Cotton, Dust and Alchemy', digital print 'Artschool!' - a group show responding to the history of the Manchester School of Art, Holden Gallery, MMU, June 2009 http://www.holdengallery. Details…

Ancient Waters: Trans-disciplinary Space.

Group exhibition by invitation, held at the Red Gallery, Melbourne from 21 September - 8th October 2016. The work show was two 3x1 m. Details…

Contributions to OWT Zine

Contribution of themed images to OWT Zine. 3 Images each to issues 10 Displacement, 11 Voyage, 13 Reproces. Details…

Drawing the Wake: adaptive visual readings of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake

2014 REF Output No. 2 Output Dates: 2009 - 2013 Output types: ii. Details…

Exhibitions and Funding

Exhibitions • 4 – 10 July 2011. State of Play, group exposition at RIBA Hub, CUBE in Manchester (see above under research outputs) • 2010 Pairings at the Sir Kenneth Green Library, MMU. Details…

Finnegans Wake: Readings through drawing

This peer-reviewed article for the Journal of Illustration gives a practitioner perspective on the process of visual adaptation of James Joyce's 'Finnegeans Wake' through drawing. It forms a companion article to 'The Pixilated Doodler: Illustrating Finnegans Wake' by John Vernon Lord. Details…

Headwaters: reading drawing Finnegans Wake

Conference paper: 'Headwaters: reading drawing Finnegans Wake'. Book Contribution: 'Headwaters: reading drawing Finnegans Wake' a contributory chapter in 'Illustration and Intermedial Avenues' for the 'Book Practices and Textual Itineraries' series, Interdisciplinaries in English Studies/Interdisciplinarité dans les études anglophones (IDEA) - the English Studies research group at the Université de Lorraine. Details…

Illuminating The Wake Blog

Illuminating the Wake A monthly guest blog for the James Joyce Centre, Dublin. Commenced December 2012. Details…

Illuminating the Wake Exhibition

Illuminating the Wake Exhibition at DarcSpace gallery, Dublin 12th May - 17th June 2014, in collaboration with DarcSpace and the James Joyce Centre funded through MIRIAD via MMU Design Research Centre. The exhibition at DarcSpace is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the publication of 'Finnegans Wake' and with the celebrations of ‘Bloomsday’ week. Details…

Illustration in a Culture of Vulnerability

'Super-urban Meerkat and the Community of Surrendered Eggs' shown at 'Illustration in a Culture of Vulnerability', International group exhibition:July 2010. Research exhibition curated by Stephen Pascoe at NMIT, Melbourne. Details…

Inside Photography: Ten Interviews with Editors

2014 REF Output No. 3 Output Date: October 2013 Output type: i. Details…

Pairings: Illuminating Space and Time

2014 REF Output No.4 Output Date: 2010 - 2013 Output Type: i. Details…

Proteus for Ulysses Seen

The project is expected to be completed by December 2016. The outputs will be 112 design drawings (now completed) and 112 ink illustrations for the Proteus web chapter of the 'Ulysses Seen' project. Details…

Stilled Lives

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Visiting Scholar to BA Illustration programme at North Melbourne Institute of Technology (NMIT)

8 – 22 August 2010. Part of a collaborative venture between MMU and NMIT to explore staff and student exchanges and joint projects. Details…

Visual Discourse 1

International Exhibition 19th Sept – 9th October 2011. An Image and text installation consisting of two scroll pieces Wendawanda and Irwell contributing to Part One of Visual Discourses with collaborators Dr. Details…

Visual Discourse 3 Location: displacement from another side

Visual Discourse part 3. Location: displacement from another side Iterative 'pop up' exhibition event as part of an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Details…

Wake Mapping

2014 REF Output No.1 Output Date: 2013 Output types: i. Details…


Clinton Cahill is a member of the Design Research Group.

A selection of recent research outputs.


Morris, C., Cahill, C., Edwards, P., Clarke, P., Zeeng, A., 2016. Ancient Waters: Trans-disciplinary Space, Red Gallery, 157 St. Georges Rd., Fitzroy, Victoria Australia, 21/9/2016 - 8/10/2016.

Cahill, CB., 2016. Drawing The Wake: Reading Finnegans Wake Through Drawing, Special Collections Gallery, Sir Kenneth Green Library, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityU, 5/12/2016.

HCE PerformanceA Guest and Me, Illuminating The WakeWorking Map of Finnegans WakeStick & StoneWork in Progress Overview of FW I.1'Nightpost' and map

Cahill, C., 2014. Illuminating the Wake, DarcSpace gallery, Dublin, 12th May - 17th June 2014,.

Cahill, CB., 2014. Illuminating The Wake, DarcSpace Gallery, Dublin, 12/5/2014.

Lee, A., Nguyen, A., Bennett, A., Furey, A., Kennedy-McCracken, C., Cahill, C., Morris, C., Simpson-Nikakis, K., Geck, K., Gillick, M., Clarke, P., Ellis, P., Edwards, P., Bowland, S., Pascoe, S., 2014. Trans-disciplinary 2014, Red Gallery, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, 15/10/2014.

Visual Discourse 3 ReceptionVisual Discourse 3Visual Discourse 3 InstallationVisual Discourse 3 InstallationVisual Discourse 3 text installation

Cahill, C., Dr. Colleen Morris, Stephen Pascoe, 2014. Visual Discourse part 3. Location: displacement from another side, 2nd Floor Landing, Benzie Building MMU, 31st April - 4th March 2014.

Cahill, C., Cate Watkinson, 2013. Pairings: Cross-disciplinary collaborations in craft and design, CAA, London, 22nd March – 13th April 2013.

Cahill, C., Butler, J., Platt, S., Parry, G., Waltering, S., 2012. Doverodde book arts festival- iv, Limfjordscentret Doverodde Købmandsgård, Denmark, 18 – 20th May 2012.

Illuminating Space and TimePairings shadow experimentpairings notebook pagePairings notebookPairings drawing with glass 2Pairings drawing with glass 2

Cahill, C., Cate Watkinson, 2012. Pairings: Cross-disciplinary collaborations in craft and design, Craft In The Bay, Cardiff,, 14th January - 26th February 2012.

Pairings Curved Glass with SteelsPairings shadow explorations

Cahill, C., Cate Watkinson, 2011. Pairings: Cross-disciplinary collaborations in craft and design, The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea., 4th November 2011 - 8th January 2012..

Cahill, C., Cruz, A., Strange, E., Sykes, L., Penny, D., Chavez-Dawson, M., O'Neil, C.J.,., 2011. PPR: State of Play, CUBE, Manchester, 4 – 10 July 2011.

'Irwell''Wendawanda' (detail)

Cahill, C., Haley, D., Morris, C., Pascoe, S., 2011. Visual Discourse Part 1. Mapping Melbourne and Manchester, Riverside of Yarra House, NMIT Fairfield Campus, Melbourne, 19 Sept. - 9 Oct. 2011.

Watkinson, C., Cahill, C., 2010. Pairings: Cross-disciplinary collaborations in craft and design, The Sir Kenneth Green Gallery, MMU Special Collections (Also later at The National Waterfront Museum, Swansea; Craft In The Bay, Cardiff), 26 July - 13th November 2010.

Cahill, C., 2009. Arts School, Holden Gallery, MMU, June 2009.

Stilled Lives artists comments pageAcross The Garden Wall (the last lads)Across The Garden Wall - exploratory digital study

Cahill, C., Butler, J., Platt, S., Parry, G., Waltering, S., Carson, J., Millar, R., 2009. The Story of Things, Sir Kenneth Greene Gallery, MMU Special Collections, All Saint's Campus, 14 September 2009 - 29 January 2010.

Cahill, C., Butler, J., Platt, S., Parry, G., Waltering, S., 2005. ‘Sex, Death and Flat Pack Furniture’, Holden Gallery, March – 18 April 2005.


Brittain, D., Cahill, C., 2014. 'Inside Photography Interviews with Ten Editors', Dewi Lewis Pub.

Cahill, C., Brittain, D., 2013. 'Inside Photography', Dewi Lewis Publishing, UK.

Book Chapters

Cahill, C., 2017. 'Headwaters: Reading, Drawing and Finnegans Wake'. In Collé, N., Latham, M., Ames, S., Friend-Kessler, B., Leroy, M. (eds.) Book Practices and Textual Itineraries 5: Illustration and Intermedial Avenues, PUN - Editions Universitaires De Lorraine.

Cahill, C., Vichnar, D., Armand, L., Donald F. Theall, Darren Tofts, Louis Armand, Milesi, L., Norris, A., Benejam, V., Deppman, J., Dumitrescu, A., Marvin, J., Roughley, A., 2010. 'Wake Mapping frontispiece, Hypermedia Joyce'. In Vichnar, D. and Armand, L.. (eds.) Hypermedia Joyce Studies, Univerzita Karlova v Praze Filoficka Faculta, Prague.

Cahill, CB., 2009. 'Across The Garden Wall (The Last Lads)'. In Stilled Lives, Righton Press.

Internet Publications

Cahill, C., Watkinson, C., 2010. 'Pairings: A Conversation', Pairings: A Conversation,

Journal Articles

Cahill, C., 2016. 'Finnegans Wake: Readings through drawing', Journal of Illustration, 3 (1), pp. 57-83.

Cahill, C., 2010. 'Reflecting The Wake', The blue Notebook Vol. 4, No. 2. 2010.

Cahill, C., 2009. 'Illustrating the Wake: A Reflection on Finnegans Wake as Stimulus and Context for Visual Practice', Hypermedia Joyce Studies: An Electronic Journal of James Joyce Scholarship, 10, pp. (no-pagination).


Cahill, C., 2016. 'Headwaters: reading drawing Finnegans Wake', Literary Illustration Between Texts and Paintings, Université de Haute-Alsace, Mulhouse, 13th February 2014.

Cahill, C., Lerm-Hayes, C.M., Thurston, N., Sanchez, M., Foster, N., 2014. 'Drawing in the Dark : James Joyce's Finnegans Wake', International Association of Word and Image Studies panel: Conceptual Writing: A Word and Image Continuum, CAA conference, Hilton, Chicago, 11th - 14th February 2014.

Cahill, C., Fordham, Finn, Crow, S., Hannaway, C., 2013. 'Illustrating The Wake', James Joyce and Illustration, Ashmolean, Oxford, 23 June 2013.

Cahill, C., 2012. 'Drawing on Water: graphic reading and the Interiority of the visual in Finnegans Wak', Joyce and Visual Culture panel, SAMLA, Society for Critical Exchange Conference, Durham NC, North Carolina, USA, 9 – 11 November 2012.

Cahill, C., 2012. 'Imag(in)ing The Wake: graphic mimesis in the reading and visual adaptation of Finnegans Wake', XXIII International James Joyce Symposium, Trinity College, Dublin, 10 - 16 June 2012.

Cahill, C., 2011. 'An Eye, Listening at Listening: Precision and Subjectivity: Thinking and Doing as Continuity, a PPR event at , supported by MIRIAD as part of part of Teaching,', Teaching, Listening and Learning, PARC Northwest, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, 17 November 2011.

Cahill, C., 2011. 'Droodles of an Illustrainer: Approaching a visual adaptation of Finnegans Wake.', North American James Joyce Conference: Joyce in Science and Art, Huttington Library and Caltech, USA, 12 – 16 June 2011.

Cahill, C., 2011. 'Selfscreened Squidsquirts: a visually engaged reading of the Wake', Illustration and Writing, Manchester Metropolitan University, • 11 November 2011.

Cahill, C., 2009. 'Illustrating The Wake: A reflection on Finnegans Wake as stimulus and context for visual practice', Eire on the Erie, the 2009 North American James Joyce Conference, The University at Buffalo, New York., 12 – 16th. June, 2009.