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); National HIV Story Trust.
Design work sample: https://nostarpro.tumblr.com/
Publications + Articles
(2021) Semen Kit, in Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster, Eds. Donald Albrecht & Jessica Lacher-Feldman, RIT Press, Rochester.
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.