Kirkham, Michael



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Michael teaches on the Illustration BA(Hons) programme at DJCAD.

His teaching practice is the meeting point of his extensive industry experience and his central belief in a whole-hearted artistic exploration, wherever that might lead. Drawing, in the broadest sense, is held in the utmost importance as he sees this as the primary means by which students can gain access to themselves.


Michael Kirkham is an illustrator and educator who works internationally for clients including The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New York Times, Penguin Random House and Google.

Michael graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2006 and has been represented by the Heart Agency in London and New York since 2007. His work has been recognised by the Association of Illustrators, American Illustration, D&AD and the V&A. He has illustrated books on Frank Lloyd Wright, the history of car design and the poetry of Wendy Cope for publishers such as Laurence King and Faber & Faber. He has contributed to numerous major newspapers and magazines in the UK and USA and the permanent collections of Aerospace Bristol and Sea City Museum in Southampton.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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