Mike O'Shaughnessy

Liverpool School of Art and Design

Michael O’Shaughnessy is the Programme for MA Graphic Design & Illustration
at Liverpool School of Art & Design / LJMU.

Michael O’Shaughnessy’s projects have explored some of the perceived ideas around
how we measure intelligence through a tangible approach to writing and drawing.

Projects with Tate Liverpool, The Everyman Theatre and Ørsted Energy included large scale external drawing and writing projects for multiple stakeholders and communities in Art and Design Practice.
Some of this work included an acknowledgement of groups operating within and on the edges of creative hierarchies.

These ideas were expanded in a multi-sensory participatory collaboration with Novus.ac.uk.
This encouraged literacy amongst learners at Her Majesty’s Prison Service and was constructed around a series of workshops.

Perfume Stories: Alchemy, Olfaction and Synaesthesia was installed at Tate Liverpool
in December 2019 and piloted with Learners at HMP Liverpool in February 2020.

In February 2021 Michael O’Shaughnessy presented
“Perfume Stories: Alchemy, Olfaction and Synaesthesia:
From Liverpool Art School, Tate Liverpool to Walton Jail (HMP Liverpool)”,
at the Education and Illustration: Models, Methods, Paradigms.
11th Illustration Research Symposium
at Kingston University, London UK


Illustration/ Commercial clients have included Vogue Magazine / Static Caravan Records / Harper Collins / The Royal Mail / Penguin Books / Macallan Whisky / Universal Music and Elbow.

My Teaching experiences included teaching on the BA Hons Illustration with Animation Programme at MMU in Manchester.
I was External Examiner at AIB from 2006 - 2010.
I was a link tutor for a number of Partners colleges in the North West - including Stockport and St.Helens 2003 - 2011
External Examiner BA hons Graphic Design at Teesside University 2018 - present.

My recent research projects have included -

SuperDudeyWords -
A collaboration with Tate Liverpool. This project stemmed from a large public and commercial work I completed with the Everyman Theatre and Uniform Design Agency Liverpool. It began as a Research Project about Handwriting and Intelligence.
I was invited by Tate Liverpool to work with Liverpool School children as part of Circuit and The Keywords Exhibition
at Tate Liverpool in 2014.

Elusive Edge -
This project was funded by the Institute for Capital Culture in 2015. It was a joint University Liverpool and LJMU initiative which explored the concept of Cultural Leadership. My own involvement began by hosting a talk with Skateboarders and Creatives at LJMU - 'The Reluctant Protagonist'. It explored the link between Skateboarding and Creativity

Kings Wharf and Superdudeywords 2017
Exploring the shifting space between handwriting, calligraphy and Graffiti.

A Publication and Large scale Public Hoarding. This explores a number of ideas. The most significant is, how to make public text based artworks that engage with a wider public but also acknowledge marginalised and disenfranchised communities. Embedding this inclusivity in the design process may provide a blueprint about how to design out vandalism and graffiti.

The text is divided into three sections.
The Everyman Theatre Liverpool, Tate Liverpool and Kings Wharf.
It represents a number of projects, workshops and interviews. It begins with a large public Artwork which was part of a redevelopment on Hope Street. It documents my writing experiments and collaborations with Tate Liverpool. It ends with a large public Artwork commissioned by Dong Energy / Ørsted and Robertson Construction UK

This project was been funded by Dong Energy/ Ørsted and Robertson Construction UK.

An edition of 100
ISBN: 978-0-9930113-2-0

design by Michael O’Shaughnessy
Published by Studio Editions
copyright [c] studio editions 2017

Studio Editions
Liverpool School of Art & Design
2 Duckinfield Street
Liverpool L3 5RD


1986, Manchester Polytechnic, UK, BA Hons First Class

Academic appointments

External Examiner, BA Hons Graphic Design, Teeside, 2018 - 2022


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O'Shaughnessy MS. Unseen: Design and Illustration at Liverpool School of Art & Design

O'Shaughnessy M. Perfume Stories: Alchemy, Olfaction and Synaesthesia: From Liverpool Art School, Tate Liverpool to Walton Jail (HMP Liverpool)

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Graphic Design Educators’ Network. 2015

Conference organisation:

Divergent Dialogue, Conference Organiser / facilitator., http://moshaughnessy.co.uk/. 2015

External collaboration:

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-liverpool/exhibition/keywords-art-culture-and-society-1980s-britain, Tate Liverpool -, Tate Education / Circuit 16 & Tate Liverpool. 2014

http://www.everymanplayhouse.com/, Everyman Theatre Liverpool, Everyman Theatre Liverpool & Uniform Design Consultancy. 2012

Other invited event:

21st International Poster and Graphic Design Festival of Chaument, Chaument, France, Poster design and submission. Title - this is for you. An International Festival of Graphic Design and Posters in Chaument, France. Curated by Adrian Shaughnessy. 2010