Author/Curator Biography

Siân Cook MA, FRSA, FHEA

Designer and Educator with expertise in graphic design for social issues and 30 years experience working with voluntary groups and charities in the HIV/AIDS sector.

Senior Lecturer (BA Graphic & Media Design), London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

HIV/AIDS Related Activity

 

Design + Voluntary Work

Clients have included: Terrence Higgins Trust; Red Hot AIDS Charitable Trust; GMFA, the Gay Men's Health Charity; Sigma Research; ACT OPEN Project,

Guy's Hospital; East London Project; Gay Men's Sexual Health Survey;

Positive Allies; National AIDS Trust; MeSH (Measurement & Surveillance of HIV Epidemics).

Design work sample: https://nostarpro.tumblr.com/

Publications + Articles

(2020). Realising the Potential of a UK HIV/AIDS Graphic Ephemera Archive.

The Polyphony: Conversations across the medical humanities. 23 Mar 2020.

(2019). Graphic Ephemera, Lasting Impact: Building an Online UK HIV/AIDS Design Archive. On Curating, 48-56 15 Oct 2019.

(2011). Glamorous layers of interpretation (General Idea Review). Eye: The International Journal of Graphic Design, no.80 vol. 20.

(2010). Honest and True? Authenticity in the visual representation of gay relationships in HIV/AIDS health promotion. The Everyday Experiment, 1(1), 64-70.

(2009). Embedded Designers. Visual:design:scholarship, 4(1).

(2000). Stigmata Martyr: The Externalisation of AIDS. zed, (7), 42-52.

(1998). General Idea: Infiltrate, infect and mutate. Eye: The International Journal of Graphic Design, 8(30), 26-35.

Events + Talks:

(2021) Artist Talk | Comic Velocity: HIV and AIDS in Comics. Online Zoom Event for Visual AIDS, New York.

(2020) Conference, HIV/AIDS in the 21st Century: Memorialisation, Representation and Temporality
, Humanities Dept, University of Manchester, UK
. Paper: 'Realising the Potential of a UK HIV/AIDS Graphic Ephemera Archive'.

(2019) Conference, The Material Culture of Health Activism, the Science Museum, London.
 Paper: 'Looking at Sex + Death: 
The Influence of Activism on HIV/AIDS Imagery and the Design of Health Promotion'.

(2019) Event Organiser: Showing Out: ‘Positive Allies’ and the Creative Workplace, Symposium, London College of Communication. Part of 'Emergence' for London Design Festival.

+ Paper: 'The Changing Face of HIV/AIDS: The Design of Information for HIV+ People'.

+ Exhibition: curation, design and display '30 Years of Positive Graphics'.

(2014). Lecture Series HIV/AIDS: Controlling and Eradicating A Modern Epidemic. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Paper: 'Graphic Communication: the design of HIV/AIDS health promotion ephemera'.

(2008) C11: 11th National CHAPS Conference (Community HIV & AIDS Partnership) Nottingham. Opening Plenary, jointly with Rob Dawson (GMFA): 'Graphic Communication'.

Consultancy + Participation:

(2021) Archive material lent for Comic Velocity: HIV and AIDS in Comics exhibition,  for Visual AIDS, PS122 Gallery, New York.

(2019) Archive material lent for HIV Stories: Living Politics, European touring exhibition, Goldsmiths University of London.

(2018) AIDS Histories & Cultures Festival. Display of archive items RCN LATE: Beat the Bugs!, Royal College of Nursing Library & Archives, London
(2018) Chaired 'In Conversation' event at Hales Gallery, London, featuring artists Hunter Reynolds and Sunil Gupta.

(2018) 'Expert Witness' contribution to Witness Seminar on HIV Prevention & Health Promotion, EUROPACH oral history project, Goldsmiths University of London.

(2013-2018) Director, GMFA/HERO.
(2017) Symposium, Other Stories of HIV/AIDS: Culture, History, and the Ongoing Epidemic, The Showroom Gallery, London.