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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsVisual Artist - Creative Director - Creative Designer


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

Work history



Paper birds theatre company

Feb 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • . Branding . Set design . Live drawing . Research



Olivia Twist

Aug 2014
  • United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • As an illustrator I have been commissioned by institutions and organisations such as; . Southbank centre . Barbican . Wolverhampton art gallery . University of the arts London . Paper birds theatre company . The complete works . Punch records . Impact hub (Birmingham) . Gal-dem . OOMK I have also had to privilege of facilitating numerous workshops; . V&A Friday late; QUIDS IN @ Victoria and Albert museum, March 2017 The counterfeit counter; Imitation regalia making Participants aged 13 + . V&A Friday late ; Gal-dem (expanded) @ Stratford arts centre, February 2017 The makers market Participants aged 16 + . V&A Friday late; Gal-dem @ Victoria and Albert museum, October 2016 Our naked truths; Life drawing  Participants ages 18 - 30 . The Missing Chapter @ Peckham platform, October 2016 Strike a pose; Studio portraiture Participants aged 8 - 13 . Black British Girlhood @ The impact hub, October 2016 Exploring artist legacies Participants ages 18 - 24 . Black British Girlhood X Unmasked women @ CoolTan Arts, September 2016 Patchwork truths; Oral history Participants aged 40 + . Black British Girlhood @ Peckham platform, July 2016 Collaborative zine making Participants aged 13 - 16 . SXWKS x ReachOut UK 2014 Spoken word Participants aged 11 - 13 . SXWKS X ReachOut UK 2014 Creative writing Participants aged 11 - 13 My work has been exhibited internationally; . WE ARE HERE @ Alev lenz Studio, July 2017 . 3:45_Herstory @ Wolverhampton art gallery, June 2017 . Draw @ Hockney Gallery, May 2017 . Afroportraitism @ Republic gallery, May 2017 . Seen and Unseen @ University of Central Lancashire, April 2017 . Belief and Beyond Belief festival @ Southbank centre, March 2017 . Work in Progress @ Royal College of art, January 2017 . Aint I beautiful? @ The job centre Deptford, November 2016 . Decolonise not diversify @ Impact hub (Birmingham), October 2016 . Smokey tails. Hoxton, October 2016 . BBG SHOOBZ @ Buster mantis, August 2016 . Brick and salt @ French Riviera, August 2016 . Bare Fuckeries @ T Chance's Tottenham, July 2016 . National Conference for Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education @ San Francisco (USA), June 2016 . Ridley Road Records @ Doomed gallery, May 2016 . See them @ Ridley road market, May 2016 . Secret 2016 @ Royal College of Art, April 2016 . Research Design Publish @ Royal College of Art, April 2016 . The Missing Chapter @ Autograph-ABP, January 2016 . Black history Festival @ Chelsea School of Art, November 2015 . An ode to Black British artistry @ Hoxton Basement, October 2015 . Diaspora Britain @ Millennium Point (Birmingham), October 2015 . Makeba @ Richmix centre, September 2015 . Acts of looking; Africa Utopia @ Southbank centre, September 2015 . SXWKS presents DREALITY @ The Bussey Building, August 2015 . Black British Girlhood @ Centre for better mental health, July 2015 . Input>Output; Degree show @ LCC (UAL), June 2015 . All that Jazz @ Stage3 Hackney Empire, January 2015 . SXWKS @ The Rag factory, August 2014 Finally I have had the privilege to give multiple talks; .Road Gals LDN @ Richmix Cultural Foundation, January 2017 .RS Haus - Girl; Race, Feminism and religion in art @ St. Anne's Soho, January 2017 .TMC Artist tell all - Youth platforms @ Peckham platform, October 2016 .Identity? - The young visual arts group @ Barbican, July 2016 .Illustrated representations - RDP Symposium @ Royal College of Art, April 2016 .Artist talk - The Missing Chapter showcase @ Autograph-ABP, January 2016 .Artist talk - Diaspora Britain @ Millennium point (Birmingham), October 2015



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


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

University Of The Arts London

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.



The Quentin Blake narrative drawing prize

Sir Quentin Blake

  • 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.