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Amber Lamonby-Pennie

Amber Lamonby-Pennie BA (Hons), MA, MPhil, PGCE FHEA

Senior Lecturer

School of Art, Design and Fashion

023 8201 3445 ext. 3445 Room no. JM207


Amber Lamonby-Pennie is a cultural theory lecturer and PhD researcher. She has a MA Distinction in Art and Design History, specialising in critical theory.

She is a senior lecturer at Solent and brings a wealth of knowledge to students from her experience in industry and through her current research practice. 

Amber is currently doing a theory- and practice- based PhD at Kingston University in the School of Art, Design and Architecture, which explores the evolution of creativity, communication and the new order of classification. Her research focuses on how social networking is changing common notions of memory, identity and culture. See Research Interests below for more detailed information.

Amber has contributed to a number of journals and publications, as well as exhibitions and television programmes.

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Teaching experience

    Amber has extensive teaching experience at HE and FE institutions. She has also held external examiner positions. Click the link below to find out more.

    Teaching positions

    2016-present - Solent University

    Senior Lecturer/ MA Course Leader Critical Creative Practice, School of Art, Design & Fashion

    • Teaching and Learning Fellow, Solent Learning and Teaching Institute.
    • Unit leader: Editorial Styling, Contextual Studies – Contemporary and Dissertations.
    • Unit author: Historic Facts and The Recipe for BA Fashion Film.
    • Co-author and developer: MA Critical Creative Practice.

    2011-2016 - Solent University

    Cultural Theory Senior Lecturer/BA and MA Course Leader Writing Fashion and Culture, School of Business, Law and Communications.

    • Academic mentor and level tutor
    • Unit leader and author: Fashion Analytics, The Fashion Muse, Design Theory, New Media Narrative Cultures, Writing Criticism and Dissertations
    • Co-author and developer of BA Fashion Publishing and Curation 2015/2016
    • NSS coordinator.
    • Creative director of Chapter Magazine.

    2008-2011 - University of the West of England

    Visual Culture lecturer, seminar leader and dissertation supervisor

    • BA Fashion, Fine Art, Visual Communication and Film & Media.

    2005-2008 - The Henley College, Henley-on-Thames

    Lecturer and AS/A2 personal tutor

    • AS/A2 and Foundation History of Art and Design, Graphic Design/Illustration and Fine Art.

    2004-2005 - University of West London, Ealing and Reading

    Programme leader and Art and Design History lecturer

    • Foundation Art and Design: AS Critical & Contextual Studies and Fine Art.
    • BTEC ND Contextual Studies for Fashion/Textiles and 3D Design. 
    • BA Fine Art and Visual Communication 

    External examiner positions

    • March 2016-2020 University of the Creative Arts (uca) Farnham – validation panel member Farnham validation board: BA Digital Film and Screen Arts. BA Fine Art
    • March 2016 University of the Creative Arts (uca) Canterbury – validation panel member
    • Canterbury validation board: BA Fine Art
  2. Research interests

    Amber’s research explores the evolution of creativity, communication and the new order of classification. Follow the link below to find out more.

    Amber’s research explores the evolution of creativity, communication and the new order of classification. Engaging with new media narrative, Amber is exploring how new connectivity is changing cultural interpretation. Her research focuses on how social networking is changing common notions of memory, identity and culture.

    Research outcomes focus on developing new pedagogic methodologies and technologies that address this developing area. Amber’s research encompasses the fields of creativity, science, technology and education, with the aim of developing networks and fields of common interest.

    Highly interested in the potential of transdisciplinary research, Amber is examining the areas of in history, material culture, memory, narrative, simulation, identity, technology and curation in reference to the future role of the cultural institution.

    Her work is transdisciplinary, referencing the fields of history, critical theory, aesthetics, new media, contemporary art, fashion, technology, sociology, anthropology and psychology.

    Amber’s research is both theory and practice based; theoretical research informs her creative practice resulting in outcomes that span a broad range of media. 

    Amber recently organised a series of evening studio session talks at the ICA. Her talk entitled ‘Capturing the Intangible: The Relevance of Memory to Creativity and Cultural Development in the Digital Age’ is an extension of her current research practice. 

  3. Industry experience

    Amber has extensive experience of work within the creative industries. This section contains more information about Amber's work history and any advantageous industry links she maintains.
    Amber has worked in a variety of industry roles with extensive experience in galleries and curation as well as working as an editor in the renowned Macmillan Publishing. Amber also delivers keynote lectures at a national and international level, academic writing and exhibiting her work at TENT London Design Festival. 
  4. Recent publications

    Find out more about Amber’s recent publications. Publications can include articles in academic journals; book chapters or full books; creative projects; conference participation and multimedia works.

    April 2016: Teaching and Learning Conference, Southampton Solent University Teaching and Learning Institute - speaker

    June 2015: PhD conference, Kingston University, London: The Relevance of Memory to Creativity and Cultural Development in the Digital Age - Speaker

    May - June 2014: ICA, London Talks. ‘Capturing the Intangible’ – keynote speaker and organiser of a series of evening talks at The Institute of Contemporary Art, London. Part of the affiliation between the ICA, Kingston University’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture and the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy.

    5th June 2014: Studio sessions: 'The Relevance of Memory to Creativity and Cultural Development in the Digital Age'.

    29th May 2014: 'Capturing the Intangible: The Heritage of Performance and the Performance of Heritage'.

    Feb 2014: 'New Media Narrative Cultures' – Author and developer of new BA unit.

    Jan 2014: ‘Art-Commerce-Conservation’ Exhibition – Author of exhibition foreword for Southampton Solent University collaborative exhibition.

    Dec 2013: Art and Design History PhD Conference, Kingston University, London. ‘The Relevance of Memory to Creativity and Cultural development in the Digital Age’ – keynote speaker.

    Nov 2013-2018: PhD collaborative researcher at the ICA – art and design history/theory partner for ICA education/events programme.

    Nov 2013: 'Chapter Magazine: cultural explorations of fashion' – creative director.

    Nov 2013: Visual Design Cluster, Southampton Solent University. 'New Media Narrative Cultures' - guest speaker.

    2013: Falmouth University and SSU Conference 'Writing Theory in Creative Practice' – keynote speaker.

    2011: ‘Critical Issues in Research: Researcher as Subject: An Exploration of the Relationship between the Family Photograph and its Narrative.’ - Author of Kiosk Journal Article.

    2010: TENT London Design Festival, Brick Lane, London. Simulated Histories Installation – artist and exhibitor.

    2010: ‘Simulated Histories: An Exploration of National Identity and Simulated Culture through the vehicle of WWII Films, Museums and Monuments’ – Author Kingston University.

    2003: Lifestyle Television Documentary for Discovery Channel - subject and co-writer.

    1999: WH Freeman-Science Journal – editor and graphic designer.

    1996-2000: Various books for Macmillan Publishing and Picador. Advertising campaigns for WH Freeman and Macmillan Publishing – editor and graphic designer.