Brian Cairns

Programme Leader/Senior Lecturer

Brian is a Glasgow based Artist and Illustrator. For over 30 years he has produced award winning work for a wide range of international clients and continues to develop his personal work.

His work is featured in numerous publications on design and illustration including Handwritten and 100 Illustrators, as well as numerous awards annuals including Design & Art Direction (D&AD), Art Directors Club of New York (ADC), American Illustration and The Society of Illustrator of New York, who awarded him multiple distinctive merit awards and a Gold Medal.

His work has been exhibited in over 64 countries and is featured in the design curriculum for New South Wales, Australia. In 2010 he Chaired the illustration jury for the D&AD Professional Awards and was a D&AD black pencil jury member. He has also been a jury member for the Association of Illustrators (UK) and Deutsche Bank Arts Awards. He has written for 3×3 magazine and is an Adobe Education Leader.

He is a Senior Lecturer in Communication Design at The Glasgow School of Art, and Programme Leader for the Masters programmes in Communication Design. He continues to produce research in Communication Design related topics, specialising in illustration practice. He has presented at the ICON conference in Portland (2014) and Confia conferences in Portugal in (2018) and (2019). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Andrew Brash


Andrew Brash prior to joining the team at GSA taught at Central Saint Martins. He brings a knowledge of diverse cultural practice and design experience to the team.


Andy Stark


Andy Stark has over twenty years of teaching experience teaching photography in the department of Communication Design at The Glasgow School of Art. During this time he has also taught in The Central Academy if Fine Art in Beijing, The National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India and GSA (Singapore). Andy currently leads the BA(Hons) photography pathway in Communication Design and is a key member of the teaching team on the postgraduate programmes in Communication Design at GSA.


Peter Locke


Peter Locke is an illustrator and designer with over 20 years experience as a practitioner and teaching experience at several UK higher education institutions, lecturing across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Graphics Design and Illustration.


Matthew Walkerdine


Matthew Walkerdine is a Graphic Designer and co-founder of Goodpress, an independent publisher based in Glasgow.

Matthew focusses his practice on independent publishing, consumer-level technologies and the spontaneous and intuitive possibilities of collaboration. He co-runs the small press publisher of art for leisure Museums Press which splinters into two avenues; A Plume, focussing on artist and experimental writing – and an itinerant and collaborative practice with Jessica Higgins focussed on expanded methodologies of publishing in response to archival material. In 2018 Matthew formed The Grass is Green in the Fields for You is a publisher investigating the unsung corners of music culture, its participants and subculture fandom.

In October 2011, Matthew co-founded Good Press a volunteer-run-informal-organisation dedicated to the promotion and distribution of independently published printed matter with a focus on visual arts and writing; music and artist objects. His work is practice-led with a particular focus in sub-underground music and fandom, community and collaboration and re-situating these in an art and design publishing context. Matthew has spoken, exhibited, and collaborated internationally.



Visiting Lecturers include;

Jon McNaught, illustrator

Maeve Redmond, Graphic Designer

Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte, Photographer

Fraser Taylor, Artist and Designer

Stefan Ellmer, Type Designer

Mark Breslin, Director Iso Design, Interaction

Tom Joyes, Graphic Designer/Art Director, Elephant Magazine

Kat Loudon, Graphic Designer

Helen Kellock, Illustrator

Mike Montgomery, Graphic Designer

Daniele Sambo, Photographer

Callum Rice, Film Maker

Gillian Stewart, JuJu Books (Bookbinder)

Ross Hogg, Animator/Illustrator

Ivor Williams, Graphic Designer

Naïma Ben Ayed, Type and Graphic Designer