Olivia Mathurin-Essandoh MA RCA

Illustrator, Lecturer and Arts Facilitator

Level
Mid Level
Location
London, United Kingdom
Availability
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Projects

Projects credited in

About me

Olivia is an illustrator who graduated from the Royal College of Art this year with an MA in Visual Communication. The key threads which can be found in her work are place, the mundane and overlooked narratives. Her striking visual language comprises of a myriad of esoteric layers informed by a propensity for human-centered research methodologies. She is determined to make the arts, heritage institutions and arts education more accessible and representative of their local communities. Olivia has a strong interest in participatory design, relational aesthetics and documenting social history as it unfolds. As a practitioner her aims are to provide her audience with 'the shock of the familiar', to encourage the taking up of space and to stir intergenerational discussion.

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Skills

  • Archival Research
  • Artistic and Curatorial Practices
  • Comunity Projects
  • Creative Publishing
  • Outreach Education
  • Abobe Creative Suite
  • Copywriting
  • Event Organisation
  • Research-led Design
  • Graphic Design

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • University of The Arts London (UAL)

    University of The Arts London (UAL)

    • Design
  • University for the Creative Arts

    University for the Creative Arts

    • Animation
  • T

    The Curtain

    • SXWKS

      SXWKS

      • Arts and Culture

    Work history

    Currently

    Nov 2018
    • Epsom, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Tutoring on the BA Graphic Design course specialising in Illustration.

    Currently

    Oct 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • Tutor in BA Illustration at Camberwell College of Art where I work with 2nd year students.

    Currently

    Special Project Assistant - Social Responsibility

    University of The Arts London (UAL)

    Apr 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Full Time
    • . Communicating with local project partners, to initiate and develop consultation and engagement activities . Assisting with the coordination and delivery of creative workshops and events . Mapping existing and potential future community relationships. . Designing content and copywriting for digital outreach marketing, attending events or meeting key local community professionals. . Database management . Coordinating volunteers . Briefing community groups . Collecting and collating evaluation data

    Currently

    Illustrator

    The Yard Theatre

    Feb 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance

    Currently

    Illustrator

    Olivia Twist

    Aug 2014
    • United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • As an illustrator I have been commissioned by institutions and organisations such as; British Council, Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum, Southbank centre, Barbican, The Princes Trust, ASOS, CREATE, Royal College of Art, University of the arts London, University of central Lancashire, Wolverhampton art gallery, Paper Birds Theatre Company, Africa Writes, The Complete Works, Peckham Platform, The Yard theatre, The Impact hub (Birmingham)

    2018

    Jul 2018 - Sep 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • A month long Artist Residency at Carneys Community, a youth club for local and excluded young people in partnership with Royal College of Art. Through a series of workshops ranging from bike customisation to T-shirt printing the young people and myself explored community and the idea of home. The residency culminated in a 10 meter long mural entitled “Don't ask how were cousins” which was mounted to hoardings around the new RCA development in Battersea.

    2018

    Jul 2018 - Sep 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Created a series of illustrations and animations for Graeae's Youth Ensembles touring production entitled Hurricane Protest Song

    2018

    Community Engagement and Digital Outreach Assistant

    Rosetta Arts

    Oct 2017 - Apr 2018
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Internship
    • . Building and maintaining relationships with local partners . Assisting in volunteer recruitment, induction and training. . Collecting and processing evaluation data . Event and project management support . Workshop facilitation and assisting . Curating exhibitions of students work . Liaising with stakeholders . Copywriting for both internal and external communications . Designing digital content . Devising and rolling out social media strategy . Enrolling students onto courses . Administrative support

    2017

    Artist in Residence

    British Council; Connect ZA

    Sep 2017 - Sep 2017
    • Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Freelance
    • Collab NOWNOW @ Fak’ugesi digital africa festival In association with the British Council 10 artists and 5 storytellers from West, East, Southern Africa and the UK explored the creation of narrative in a post-screen, post digital world where non-linear is replaced by multi-linear, multi-modal, multi-layered and multi-access. The aim of the residency was to re-imagine future forms of African storytelling.

    2017

    Illustrator

    The Paper Birds

    Feb 2016 - Oct 2017
    • London, United Kingdom
    • Freelance
    • Born in Nigeria. Climb a mango tree. Get hit by a Peugeot 405. Move to the North Peckham Estate. Fall in love with Khami. Have a fight by the P.E gym. Start writing Grime lyrics. Begin selling drugs. Get my heart broken by Abigail. Get stabbed. Get shot. Read a book...... Change everything. Goldfish Bowl is a collaboration between The Paper Birds and Caleb Femi. With live music from DJ/ music producer Lex Amor and illustrations by Olivia Twist, Goldfish Bowl is based on the life & works of Young People’s Poet Laureate Caleb Femi, and interrogates the many small, but defining moments that make up a life. Co-commissioned by The Albany, Battersea Arts Centre and Roundhouse

    Education

    2017

    MA Visual Communication

    Royal College of Art

    Sep 2015 - Jun 2017
    • London, United Kingdom
    • During my time at the Royal college I specialised in Illustration and relational aesthetics. This summer I graduated as one of the two students who achieved top marks on our course. Throughout my two years on the course I conducted a number of live projects including; . A workshop at the V&A Friday lates . A collective artist residency at the doomed gallery . A community outreach project in partnership with Small works . A widening participation session with young people In addition I participated in a numerous exhibitions both on and off campus with the focus of making the arts more accessible and gallery spaces more representative and inclusive of their local communities. Finally I was a member of interview panel for prospective students as I have a strong interest in teaching

    2015

    BA (Hons) Design for Graphic communication, First Class (1st)

    University of The Arts London (UAL)

    Sep 2012 - Jun 2015
    • London, United Kingdom
    • During my time at LCC I specialised in Illustration, traditional printing techniques and copy writing. I also did a short course in digital photography in which I achieved a Distinction.

    Awards

    2017

    The Quentin Blake narrative drawing prize

    Royal College of Art

    • The body of work which won the award was my final MA project, titled "3:45" which explored the value of the chicken and chip shop and all the rituals practiced by the youth on their way home.