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Michael Whittle is an artist, lecturer and researcher in Diagrammatology, the study of diagrams. He originally qualified and trained as a Biomedical Scientist, before changing subject to study Fine Art. During his MA at the Royal College of Art he was awarded the 2004 RCA - Daler Rowney drawing prize, and a scholarship to study at Kyoto City University of Arts, where he later returned as a Japanese Government Monbusho scholar to write his PhD thesis.     

​Whittle exhibits and lectures internationally, and in 2018 made a five-week lecture tour of the UK, after which he was invited to give the 2018 ‘Pioneer Lecture’ at the London College of Communication, in celebration of pioneering research in visual art and design communication. He is currently Research Assistant Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University.

Research Interests

Michael Whittle's studio practice draws upon images, ideas and data found in scientific research papers, and discussions with scientists about the concepts and motivations underlying their studies. 

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 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Studio and Media Arts, PhD, Romantic Objectivism: diagrammatic thought in contemporary art, Kyoto City University of Arts


Award Date: 10 Feb 2014

Studio and Media Arts, Master, MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art


Award Date: 1 Jul 2005

Studio and Media Arts, Bachelor, BA Sculpture, University of Dundee


Award Date: 10 Jun 2002

Chemistry, Bachelor, Biomedical Sciences - Biochemisty, University of Bradford


Award Date: 10 Jun 1998


  • NX Arts in general
  • Diagrammatology
  • Art & Science
  • Romantic- Objectivism
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • Installation
  • Semiotics


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