Carol Adlam is Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of Archaeology from May 2016-March 2017. An illustrator, writer and artist, she works predominantly in the field of narrative art, specialising in graphic novels and reportage (documentary) illustration, and has extensive experience of work with museums and galleries. 

Carol’s current project as Lakeside Artist-in-Residence is called The Thinking Room. This is a multi-layered graphic narrative project that will incorporate visitor responses to the museum space and its artefacts in a series of reportage illustrations, as well as in a short graphic story called Buried (In the Thinking Room). Both Buried and the overarching Thinking Room project draw on layered narratives, palimpsests, and the real historical narratives that have shaped the Museum and its environs today, from Roman Margidunum to medieval Keighton. 

Large-scale reportage illustrations and pages from Buried will be displayed in an exhibition at Lakeside in April 2017. Throughout the term of the residency Carol will be conducting public access drawing and writing workshops which enable participants to develop their creative skills. 

Carol is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Art (2014), and her work was shortlisted in the World Illustration Awards 2015 and is currently nominated in the ‘New Talent’ (Research and Knowledge Communication) category in 2016. She has held residencies at Nottingham Castle Museums and Galleries (2014, 2015), the University of Derby, and the National Army Museum, London. She is the illustrator of the graphic anthologies Ministry of Women (2016), The New Wipers Times (2015), the short graphic novels Amy in Love (2016) and Suzanne’s Story (2014), and several children’s books. She also runs professional masterclasses as well as workshops for all ages: recent venues include the House of Illustration, London; The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon; and the Hay Festival 2016. She will be teaching courses graphic novels and children’s books at Nottingham Trent University in autumn 2016. 

Find out about workshops with Carol.

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