AboutLeah Fusco is an artist and researcher. Her work draws on geographic and historic subject matter in place research, exploring the use of mapping, narrative and imaging technologies. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2010 (MA Communication Art and Design), Leah has worked across publishing, research, exhibition and public engagement, collaborating with a range of partners in the cultural sector. Her doctoral research, supported by the London Doctoral Design Centre (AHRC), tests conceptual frameworks in illustrative documentary and imaging methods employed in the visual representation of place, from traditional drawing tools to remote sensing software. Leah has contributed to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across illustration, animation, drawing, visual communication and landscape architecture. Institutions include University for the Creative Arts, Norwich University of the Arts, Kingston University and the Royal College of Art. She is currently external examiner for MA Illustration: Authorial Practice at Falmouth University and a lecturer on MA Illustration at University of the Arts London.
Commissions / CollaborationsAmbit, Bloomsbury, Built Environment Trust, Gestalt, Granta Books, Kingston Museum, Nomada Ediciones, Penned in the Margins, Stanley Picker Gallery, Towner Gallery, Turner Contemporary, The Island Review, Varoom!, V&A Museum
ExhibitionsNortheye, Bexhill Museum, 2020 Another Land, Kingston Museum, 2019 Between the Visible and the Invisible, Maraya Art Centre, 2018 Gesture, Trace and Performance, Herbert Read Gallery, 2017 Strange Pilgrimage, The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, 2017 Blue, Falmouth University, Falmouth, 2016 Hidden in Plain Sight, Norwich University of the Arts, 2015 DRAW - Turning Thoughts into Lines, Royal College of Art, 2010 Illustrative: Berlin, Villa Elisabeth, Berlin, 2009 Textgallery - The Art of Lost Words, German Gymnasium, 2008
AwardsUniversity of the Arts London, Research grant 2021
London Doctoral Design Centre, AHRC 2015 – 2020
University for the Creative Arts, Research grant 2016
Southwood Award 2014
Sheila Robinson Drawing Prize 2010
The Conran Foundation Award, Shortlisted 2010
Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers, Grant 2008
Research / Published workUnfortunately it is difficult to get away from the fact you are visiting an empty field, Kingston University, 2021
A practical thesis.
Remote Sensing, University of the Arts London, 2021Co-organiser for symposium and publication documenting impacts on fieldwork during the pandemic.
‘Re-‘: Methods of Illustrative Practice in Heritage, University College London, AHCS Futures 2020
Collaborative presentation examining hybrid illustration-heritage research methods.
Creative Visual Enquiries Through Riverscapes, Iterations Design Research, 2019 Collaborative journal article exploring walking-drawing as a methodology in design research.
Another Land, Kingston Museum and Stanley Picker Gallery, 2019 Curator and producer for a three month exhibition and programme exploring visualisations of place.
Drawing Waters, Design Research Society University of Limerick, 2018 Workshop co-leader running a walking-drawing event for design practitioners.
Marsh Women, Feminisms and Materialisms Symposium, Royal College of Art, 2018 Presentation exploring creative roles of women in wetland environments.
Gone To Earth, Theoretical Archaeological Group Conference, Southampton University, 2016 Session and panel leader exploring visual practice in landscape research.
Tracing Lines, International Illustration Research Symposium, Edinburgh College of Art, 2016 Performative animation exploring past, present and future narratives of a deserted medieval village.
Secret Histories, Hidden Landscapes, Built Environment Trust Journal, 2016
Visual essay exploring creative fieldwork methods.
Under Water, Varoom! Journal, 2016 Interview and showcase of practice.
Northeye, CHeriScape (Cultural Heritage in Landscape), Baltic & Newcastle University, 2016 Poster presentation exploring interdisciplinary approaches towards cultural heritage.