Natalie Woolf holds a PhD in Design Products from Royal College of Art, and a BA in Fine Arts/Painting from Leeds Metropolitan University (Leeds Beckett). She has 12 years of independent design and applied arts practice, and 6 years’ experience in Public Arts as an artist and consultant for arts practice in urban and rural development. Since 2015 Natalie has been an associate professor for Animation Studies BA courses and the Animation arts course, Hybrid Spaces; now teaches drawing and related subjects at DELLI at Universidade Lusófona, is the Curator of the Drawing programmes for DELLI - Design Lusófona Lisboa and is an integrated member of COW - Centre for Other Worlds, Lusófona University. Main topics of interest and research: material responsiveness to human presence and spatially distributed drawing. She is particularly interested in the relationship between the visceral experience of an artwork/installation and how that is mediated by and/or delivered through technologies. Natalie is active in academic research, participating as an author in publications and events. She also maintains her own research and creative practice at Atelier Concorde. http://www.atelierconcorde.org/en/artistas/natalie-woolf/ https://revistas.ulusofona.pt/index.php/ijfma/article/view/7047

Personal identification

Full name
Natalie Woolf

Citation names

  • Woolf, Natalie
  • Natalie Woolf PhD(RCA)

Author identifiers

Ciência ID

Email addresses

  • p5085@ulusofona.pt (Professional)
  • natalie.woolf@network.rca.ac.uk (Personal)


  • Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias. . Campo Grande, 376,, 1749-024, Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal (Professional)


Knowledge fields

  • Humanities - Arts


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Portuguese Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1)
English Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Degree Classification
1999/10/04 - 2004/07/02
School of Architecture and Design, Dept. of Design Products (Doutoramento)
Royal College of Art, United Kingdom

Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
Fine Art (Painting) (Licence)
Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom
DATEC Diploma in Art and Design. (Diplôme d´études supérieures)
Buckinghamshire College Group, United Kingdom

Teaching in Higher Education

Host institution
2015/02/25 - Current Full Professor (University Teacher) Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias Edições Universitárias Lusófonas, Portugal
2010/09/01 - 2011/02/01 Invited Associate Professor (University Teacher) Universidade Católica Portuguesa Escola das Artes, Portugal
2005/09/01 - 2008/06/01 Invited Assistant Professor (University Teacher) University of East London (UEL) SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & THE VISUAL ARTS , United Kingdom


Host institution
2010/09/20 - 2018/09/20 Part time: Commercial research for products and project innovation Exergia, Projectos de Engenharia.S.A., Portugal
2010/06/01 - 2012/04/01 Public Arts Commissions Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (Health Park) Public Art Consultancy for Willis Newson / Commissioning Body: Balfour Beatty Capital, United Kingdom
2007/05/01 - 2010/05/01 Public Arts Consultant/Practitioner: HATTON WOOLF- Public Art Consultancy, United Kingdom
HATTON WOOLF- Public Art Consultancy, United Kingdom
2004/07/01 - 2008/10/01 Independent Consultant and Public Arts Practitioner Freelance public art consultant, United Kingdom
2004/09/01 - 2005/12/01 Artist Consultant with Urban Initiatives. Urban Initiatives, United Kingdom
1990/09/01 - 2000/09/01 Freelance Design Services and Collaborations Self Employed Designer, United Kingdom
1987/09/01 - 1990/09/01 APEX Trust Community Arts Project Leader APEX Trust, Leeds, United Kingdom


Designation Funders
2000/09/01 - 2003/06/01 Plastic a Material Metaphor
PhD Student Fellow
Royal College of Art School of Design, United Kingdom


Designation Funders
2005/01 - 2005/12 TRACE Touch responsive illuminating surface - Commercial Feasibility Study
Technical development
InnovationRCA, United Kingdom
Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (Formally DTI) GOV.UK
2004 - 2005 Trace - Touch responsive illuminating surface
Technical development
InnovationRCA, Royal Collage of Art, United Kingdom


Book chapter
  1. Alberda, Alexandra P.; Carola, João; Martins, Carolina; Woolf, Natalie. "VAST/O Exhibition (De)Construction: Exploring the Potentials of Augmented Abstract Comics and Animation Installations as a Method to Communicate Health Experiences". In Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels, edited by Palgrave, 289-311. London, United Kingdom: Springer International Publishing, 2022.
Conference paper
  1. Woolf, Natalie; Alexandra Alberta; Carolina Martins. "Queering Epistemic and Methodological Approaches to Exhibiting Health: an interdisciplinary graphic medicine collaboration¿". Paper presented in International Conference of Graphic Medicine, Brighton, 2019.
  2. Woolf, Natalie. "Moving through the image - Expanded animation for a shared physical understanding.". Paper presented in 31st Society for Animation Studies (SAS) - Animation is a Place Conference, Universidade Lusófona, Lisboa, 2019.
  3. Woolf, Natalie; Martins, Carolina. ""Can Animation Take Our Breath Away? Expanded Animation For A Shared Physical Understanding."". Paper presented in Ecstatic Truth IV: Truth of Matter - Process and Perception in Expanded Animation Practice., London, 2019.
Journal article
  1. Woolf, Natalie. "DRAWING OUT- Eves Apple". Delli, I Would Prefer Not To (2020):
  2. Woolf, Natalie. "Design research by practice: modes of writing in a recent PhD from the RCA". Journal of Writing in Creative Practice Volume 1 Issue 1 Cover Date: August 2007 (2007): https://doi.org/10.1386/jwcp.1.1.53_1.
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Woolf, Natalie. "PLASTIC: A MATERIAL METAPHOR". 2004.

Artistic / Performance

Artistic exhibition
  1. Carolina Cabral Nunes; Luana Delgado Ramos; Joana dos Santos; Samira Machado Poffo; Sam Rita Goncalves Marques; Sofia Barreiros Telo. Hybrid Spaces. 2021.
  2. Natalie Woolf PhD(RCA); Alexandra Alberta; Carolina Martins; João Carola. VAST / O. 2019.
  3. Andrés Jurado, Irene de Andrés, Yuri Firmeza, Maria Rojas, Juan Pablo Ordoñez, Margarida Alves, Nina Frase. After Margret, Round-a-bout exhibited in the group show titled Nevertheless. 2019.
Curatorial / Museum exhibition
  1. 2019. "Exhibition of selected works at the Convento de São Pedro de Alcântara Co-Curated by Pedro Serrazina & Natalie Woolf". In http://sas2019.ulusofona.pt/exhibitions/.

Intellectual property

  1. Woolf, Natalie. 2003. "ILLUMINATING SURFACE". United Kingdom.

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2019/12/06 VAST/O: collaborative and remote practice, on interdisciplinary installation and collaboration¿ MATLIT LAB: Humanities Laboratory, Doctoral Program in Literature Materialities
Center for Portuguese Literature and Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Coimbra (Coimbra)

Association member

Society Organization name Role
2018 - Current Society for Animation Studies (SAS) member

Conference scientific committee

Conference name Conference host
2021/11/08 - 2021/11/14 animaScapes and CINANIMA Centro de Multimeios de Espinho, Biblioteca Municipal José Marmelo e Silva, FACE ¿ Fórum de Arte e Cultura de Espinho, Junta de Freguesia de Espinho
2018 - 2019/06/21 31st SAS ANNUAL CONFERENCE: ANIMATION IS A PLACE Universidade de Lusofona, Lisboa


Activity description Institution / Organization
2010/06/01 - 2012/04/01 Lead Artist: Scoping project for art and architectural integration for Alder Hey Children's Health Park., Liverpool. The scoping project was a 2 year commission to develop artworks and projects to be integrated into the design for a new hospital. Work included generating concepts for artworks and art practices for the pre-build, and life of the building integrating with the fabric and structure - working with the landscape and architecture teams, and for engagement with art and creative practices for patients and their families, staff and community Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (Health Park) Public Art Consultancy for Willis Newson / Commissioning Body: Balfour Beatty Capital, United Kingdom
2007/05/01 - 2010/05/01 HATTON WOOLF was a Public Art Consultancy that was commissioned to develop concepts, strategies and arts commissions for public and private/commercial clients including: Swindon Borough Council & The New Swindon Company. - Lead Artist-Strategy & Implementation Programe. APG Architects - Artist & Public Art Commissioning Plan & Programe Development for Higher Newham, Truro. South West of England Regional Development Agency and St. Modwen - Lead Artist & Consultant for Urban Development for Littlecombe, Gloucestershire.
2007/05/01 - 2010/05/01 HATTON WOOLF was an independent consultancy for Public Art commissioning and strategic planning. Clients included: Swindon Borough Council & The New Swindon Company: Lead Artist and Strategy & Implementation Program for Central Swindon. APG Architects: Public Arts creative development and design, Commissioning Plan & Programe for Higher Newham, Truro. South West of England Regional Development Agency and St. Modwen: Lead Artist & Consultant for Urban Development at Littlecombe, Gloucestershire.
2004/07/01 - 2008/10/01 Independent Consultant and Public Arts Practitioner for Carrick District Council/Ginkgo Projects Arts Consultancy: Perranporth Public Arts Scoping Plan Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company. (GHURC)/ Ginkgo Projects Arts Consultancy: Gloucester City’s Public Art Strategy Derby Cityscape/Urban Initiatives: Derby Public Realm Strategy East of England Development Agency (EEDA)/: Landmark East of England Team Whitby Bird Engineers & Sustrans shortlisted for development
2004/09/01 - 2005/12/01 At Urban Initiatives, London: Working in the Urban Design office as the Consultant Artist for various clients and group team projects, activities included: Creative conceptualisation for Public Art and Public Space Design; Developing and delivering concepts for consultation events and community engagement activities; Research of site histories, potential development opportunities and community uses.
1990/09/01 - 2000/09/01 Art and Design practices including: Public & private commissions. Exhibiting at National and International Interior & Design Industry events. Flooring and Architectural Surfaces design, manufacture and project management for mass production. Architectural Collaborations. Freelance Designer Collaborations with: Penoyre and Prasad for The South Downs Health Care NHS Trust & Southern Arts Bauman Lyons Architects. Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth Calderdale Council Museums /Artist Maker Residency
1987/09/01 - 1990/09/01 Community and Further Education tutor (part time) to support ex-offenders reentering the community through arts practices. Design and application of murals and interior design elements for government owned buildings and community institutions, onsite training for the APEX design training teams

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2016/10/06 - Current Hybrid Spaces Artes da Animação (Mestrado) Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias Edições Universitárias Lusófonas, Portugal
2015/02/25 - Current Drawing course for Design 1st Year: An introduction to drawing skills and development of visual awareness for design practice. Drawing course for Animation 1st Year: An introduction to drawing skills and development of techniques for animated expression. Drawing course for Design 3rd Year: Drawing Territories 1st semester; Drawing and Animation 2nd Semester. Design and Animação Digital (Licenciatura) Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias Edições Universitárias Lusófonas, Portugal
2021/10/01 - 2021/10/02 Invited Lecturer and Workshop Leader 'Research in Animation' Re:Anima International Master program (Postgraduate Certificate) LUCA School of Arts,., Belgium
2021/03/29 - 2021/03/29 Invited Guest Tutor SM5344 Abstract and Experimental Animation, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong Final student film presentation review and assessment Abstract and Experimental Animation. (Master) City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China

Journal scientific committee

Journal title (ISSN) Publisher
2020/12 - 2021/05 International Journal of Film and Media Arts Vol. 6 No. 1 (2021): The Fiction that Exploded: Speculative ways of digging into Design. (ISSN 2183-9271) Film and Media Arts Department / Lusófona University
2020/12 - 2021 International Journal of Film and Media Arts Vol. 6 No. 2 (2021) ANIMATED SPACE: Engaged animation for the space(s) we live in (ISSN 2183-9271) Film and Media Arts Department / Lusófona University

Mentoring / Tutoring

Topic Student name
2019/10/08 - Current Hybrid Spaces Samira Poffo


2000 Rio Tinto Travel Award
Royal College of Art, United Kingdom

Other distinction

2005 The UK Government funding for Commercial Feasibility Study for Trace (PhD Prototype)
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) UK, United Kingdom
2004 Short listed - East of England Landmark Design Competition. Team Member: Whitby Bird Engineers & Sustrans
East of England Development Agency (EEDA), United Kingdom
1997 1997 - 2000 Competition Winners; Regeneration Plan for Speke-Garston Liverpool. Team: N. Woolf / A. Edwards / Bauman Lyons Architects.
Liverpool City Council, United Kingdom