Portrait of  Gill Sampson Gill Sampson

g.m.sampson@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472651


Gill joined the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield in May 2015 and is currently Acting Course Leader for Contemporary Art and Illustration BA(Hons) and Senior Lecturer in Illustration BA(Hons). Originally studying at Leeds College of Art she went on to gain her first degree in Graphic Design specialising in Illustration at the University of Northumbria followed by MA Illustration at the Royal College of Art, London and went on to combine illustration, freelance practice and teaching gaining extensive academic and professional experience in her work to date. Gill is currently studying Illustration practice based PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University, School of Art.

Award winning and with over 20 years experience Gill has produced work across a wide range of commissions from editorial, books and publishing to design, advertising and licensing. Professional employment includes many major clients and industry commissions ranging from 4AD records to The British Council, her work has featured in many magazines and newspapers ranging from Vogue to New Scientist. She has exhibited in the UK and abroad.

Gill’s teaching experience ranges from Pre-Masters Art and Design for international students at the International Study Centre University of Huddersfield 2014 to Senior Lecturer in Illustration; she was formerly Subject Leader BA(Hons) Illustration at the University of Wolverhampton from 2000 to 2009. She has wide experience teaching illustration practice including image and text, narrative illustration, children’s book illustration, self initiated projects, professional practice and has contributed to the study of illustration as award winning lecturer, tutor and visiting lecturer at several colleges colleges and Universities in the UK.

Research and Scholarship

Gill’s areas of illustration research interest and expertise include narrative illustration genres, and image making. Her further specialist knowledge relates to drawing practices, mixed media within illustration practice as well as teaching illustration in education practice.

Her industry experience across a range of illustration fields supports current research interests including narrative imagery, response to fictional texts, reportage, the picture book. Currently represented by licensing agents in the UK and abroad.


External Examiner for:
University of Central Lancashire, School of Art, Design and Fashion
BA(Hons) Illustration from June 2017 to June 2021
University of Chester, Creative Arts Foundation Route from 2017 to 2020
International Study Centre, University of Sheffield
E-portfolio assessor for : Business, Law and Social Sciences
Foundation Pathway leading to BA(Hons) Architecture
Business Law and Social Sciences
Pre Masters Pathway leading to MA Architectural Design
From July 2016, ongoing.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Gill teaches Illustration BA(Hons).

Year 1 Illustration Strand Leader and Year Tutor
TFD1360 Studio Practice module 1 and TFD1361 Studio Practice 2,
Year 2 Illustration Strand Leader and Year Tutor Year 2
Module Leader TID1360 Studio Practice module 3 and TID1361 Studio Practice 4
Final Year Illustration Strand Leader, Year Tutor Final Year  
THD1344 Final Major Project Contemporary Art and/ or Illustration
Illustration tutor and dissertation supervisor for THD1379 Theory for Contemporary Art and/ or Illustration, THD1380 Research and Development for Contemporary Art and/or Illustration.

Current responsibilities and activities include working as illustration personal tutor, placement tutor and admissions tutor for Illustration BA(Hons), Contemporary Art and Illustration BA(Hons) and Contemporary Art BA (Hons) and related admissions and recruitment events.

Her Illustration students take part in a range of external projects, live projects, commisions and competition briefs in studio practice modules. Gill’s focus in teaching is developing individual student creativity and practice within the diverse subject area of illustration ranging from experimentation through to individual professional portfolio development.