Tobias Hickey


Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, Illustration

School of Arts

Art & Design Communication

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Tobias Hickey lectures in illustration, drawing and printmaking. Graduating with a degree in Graphic Design from Liverpool Polytechnic in 1992 and subsequently gaining his MA Illustration from Central St Martin's College of Arts and Design in 1995, Tobias initially took on commissions to illustrate children's books. His freelance practice then broadened into design and advertising and he became an established editorial illustrator, with regular commissions for The Guardian, The Times The Observer and The Independent newspapers. Other clients include You magazine, The Evening Standard, GQ Magazine, The Lawyer, The Daily Telegraph, TES, Sky Broadcasting, British Airways, Vodafone, Reader's Digest, Harper Collins and Conran Design. His illustrations have been published throughout Europe and in Australia.

In 2015, along with colleague Piet Grobler, Tobias founded the International Centre for the Picture Book in Society (ICPBS) with a remit to engage with ‘society’ in its broadest terms by promoting multiculturalism, inclusivity of all minorities and socially disenfranchised people. Subsequent projects MIGRATIONS and SEA CHANGE have developed as co-produced, international artist collaborations featuring touring exhibitions and publications.


  • 1999-2002 Morley College, London, City and Guilds 7307, Further and Adult Education Teacher’s Certificate Part 1
  • 1993-1996 Central St. Martins, London, MA Communications, Illustration and Graphic Design
  • 1989-1992 Liverpool Polytechnic, Liverpool, BA Hons Graphic Design and Film Studies

Teaching Interests

  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Editorial
  • Design
  • Narrative

Research Interests

  • Migration
  • Ocean Literacy
  • Environment
  • Reportage
  • 19th Century Whaling Journals
  • Picture Books
  • Political and Societal Commentary
  • Mail Art
  • Printmaking
  • Curation

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Association of Illustrators (AOI)
  • International Committee Member Biennale of Illustration Bratislava (BIB)


  • 2023 SEA CHANGE – Save the Ocean, Otter-Barry Books, ISBN 978-1913074180 (Curator and editor)
  • 2019 Migrations: Open Hearts Open Borders, 2019, Otter-Barry Books, ISBN 978-1910959800 (Curator and editor)
  • 2014 MALE, A, 2014 Illustration- Meeting the Brief Bloomsbury, London (featured illustrator)
  • 2011 ‘Images 35 The best of British contemporary illustration
  • 2011 Creative Quarterly 24 , New York (featured artist)
  • 2010 ’Images 34 The best of British contemporary illustration
  • 2010 Gina Cross, Editorial essay, AOI Publications (featured artist)
  • 2009 ‘Images 33 The best of British contemporary illustration
  • 2008 ’Images 32 The best of British contemporary illustration
  • 2007 ‘Images 31’ The best in British contemporary illustration
  • 2001 ‘Images 25’ The best of British contemporary illustration


  • 2022 SEA CHANGE – Nami Island, South Korea
  • 2022 SEA CHANGE – Pop Up Exhibition, Hay Festival, Hay on Wye
  • 2021 MIGRATIONS- Postcards from Artists around the World, International Youth Library, Munich, Germany
  • 2019 MIGRATIONS – exhibition, panel discussion, Amnesty International Headquarters London
  • 2018 MIGRATIONS – Nami Island, South Korea
  • 2018 MIGRATIONS – Woordfees Literary Festival, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 2017 MIGRATIONS – Biennale of Illustration Bratislava
  • 2011 Images 35- Best of British Illustration, London Bankside Gallery
  • 2010 Images 34- Best of British Illustration, LCP, London
  • 2009 Images 33 - Best of British Illustration, LCP, London
  • 2008 The Graphic Art of Comment, The Guardian Newspaper Newsroom
  • Images 32 - Best of British Illustration, LCP, London