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Dan Fern


  • Dan Fern is an award-winning designer and graphic artist as well as an influential teacher. Dan Fern began teaching at the Royal College of Art in the 1970s, and was made its first Professor of Graphic Art and Design in 1994. Having retired as Head of the School of Communications and Chair of the International Development Group at the RCA, Dan was made Professor Emeritus in July 2010.  He continues to maintain links with education as a research supervisor, external examiner and consultant on academic development. In 2012 he spent 6 months as Guest Professor at Munich University.

  • Biography

  • Trained at Manchester College of Art and the Royal College of Art, Dan Fern has worked extensively across all areas of visual communications. His graphic works include a set of stamps for the Royal Mail, posters for the London Underground and a poster commemorating the 100th anniversary in 2001 of the death of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, which has been displayed at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In addition, his works have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum, the Juan Miro Foundation in Barcelona, Tate Northern in Liverpool and the Smithsonian Institute in New York, as well as being in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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  • Practice

  • With a long-standing interest in mountaineering, Dan Fern’s work as an artist and filmmaker for the past 15 years has been focused on the landscape of the Vercors region of south-east France, where he has a studio. Visit Dan Fern's website

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  • External collaborations

  • Dan was co-founder in 2000 of the highly respected MAP/making research project ( MAP= Music, Art and Performance ) which linked students from the RCA with musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in a wide range of ground-breaking collaborative projects leading to live performances in leading concert venues.

  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • A long-time advocate of an interdisciplinary approach to creativity, Dan Fern has also regularly exhibited non-commissioned works in galleries in London and overseas, most recently in a highly successful solo show, Walks With Colour, at England and Co. Gallery in London. The exhibition was accompanied by the publication of the book Dan Fern - Walks with Colour: Recent Works on Paper, edited by Rick Poynor (2006).

    More recently he has worked in video in collaboration with musicians; his work has been performed in front of audiences at the Bath International Music Festival, London’s South Bank Centre and the Hamburg Philharmonie. In September 2010 he was commissioned by the Royal Opera House to produce large-scale mutimedia installations for the Deloitte Ignite Festival, curated by the musician Joanna MacGregor. 

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Selected work