David Knight

David Knight

Senior Lecturer

School of Art, Design and Fashion

Hanover Building, HR020

+44 (0) 1772 89 3953


Subject Areas: Art & Design, Fashion

David practiced as an independent fashion designer and is a commentator on culture and style with articles published and/or his designs featured in a range of publications. He has made numerous appearances on television and radio and made keynote addresses at national and international conferences. His digital illustrations have been included in the Liverpool Biennial and Manchester’s Futuresonic (Future Everything) festival as well as the Big Book of Fashion Illustration by Martin Dawber.  

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David practiced as an independent designer and, working in the area of dancehall fashion, was one of the early proponents of ‘black street fashion’ and ‘clubbing fashion’. His work has been featured several times on television and in the dancehall media as well as the African media in the UK.

He is also a commentator on culture, style and identity having made a number of appearances in the media and published articles in papers and journals including the The Observer newspaper, Jamaica and the Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture, edited by Alison Donnell and published in London by Routledge in 2001. He has made keynote addresses at regional, national and international conferences on art, diversity and culture.
David has a strong background in equal opportunities in education having been one of the very first equal opportunities practitioners in higher education in the UK. He was part of a team responsible for developing this institutions’ first code of practice and ethnic monitoring systems as well as access provision that earned this institution a national reputation. He also has played an important role in development art and design opportunities on a community level. He was a founding member and long-standing chair of Prescap, a community arts company recognised by government as a national model of good practice. He was a member of the regional Arts Council between 1986 and 2004 and was part of a government appointed body charged with establishing the North West Arts Board at the start of the nineties.

David’s own work is in the area of cultural identity and fashion and in addition to designing garments also develops digital design and illustrations. His illustrations have been selected for the Liverpool Biennial and the Futuresonic (Future Everything) festival in Manchester as well as appearing in the Big Book of Fashion Illustrations by Martin Dawber, published in London by Batsford in 2007


(2007). Dawber, Martin. Big Book of Fashion Illustration. London: Batsford. 36

(2001). Dancehall. In: Donnell, Alison Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture. London: Routledge. 91-93.

(1996). Cultural Diversity. In: Assessing Quality - Artistic Quality in the Public Funded Arts. North West Arts Board. 11-15.

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MA Fashion Design, UCLan, 2006


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Activities

Cultural Identity and Fashion

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Out of Africa

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Art & Design (Foundation Entry). Responsible for the delivery of the Fashion, Graphic Design and Creative Advertising pathways.


CADG funded project

2007. Cultiv8. Liverpool. Merseyside Dance Initiative conference on African peoples dance. Keynote address

2005. Cultiv8. Liverpool. Merseyside Dance Initiative conference on African peoples dance. Keynote address

2005. Reflecting Change. Liverpool. Arts Council England:N.W. cultural diversity for senior managers in arts organisations. Keynote Address

2003. Cultural Diversity in a Post Colonial Society. Changing Places Birmingham. Netherlands government. and Arts Council England. International conference. Keynote address

2001. Diversity in Action. Trafford Hall, Manchester. Arts Community discussion. Keynote address.

2001. Politics and Culture. Contact Theatre, Manchester. Public debate. Panel chair

2001. Making Sense of it. Conference in Oldham exploring issues after the riots. Panel member

2001. Cultural Diversity in Rural Arts. Banbury. Annual National Conference of the National Rural Touring Forum. Keynote address

2001. Public debate on the holocaust. University of Central Lancashire. Panel member.

1999 . Whose Heritage? Arts Council national conference, G-Mex, Manchester. Session chair.

1998.Is Hip Hop the new Minstrel Show. BBC Radio Scotland. Live discussion between myself and the editor of Trace Magazine.

1994.Live & Direct - Televised debate. Granada Television. The appropriation of black style and music by the European mainstream