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Pip Spoerry

Pip Spoerry

Head of Department

Visual Arts


Pip’s passion is for Art & Design and its ability to facilitate education across a wide sphere of subjects. She recognises the importance of risk and failure in learning and development, and the role of creative thinking in providing alternative solutions to a range of challenges.

She is committed to developing innovative and responsible art and design education fit for the 21st century. Pip takes pride in being able to support teams to innovate in curriculum design and delivery, through recognising and channelling their individual strengths for their own progression and the improvement of their learning programmes.

Pip has achieved effective change management within the creative education sector in her current role by coaching her staff team to be confident, positive and resilient in a constantly changing and challenging educational environment.

Career overview

Pip has a strong record of accomplishment in education, with over 27 years’ teaching and management experience across a wide range of the creative sector in higher education and further education. This comprises considerable education Management and Leadership experience in her current role of Head of Visual Arts and prior role of Deputy Head of Department at Exeter College.

Pip has taught across a wide range of courses with the majority of her teaching in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Textile Design, specialising in printed textiles, drawing, colour, market and industry, trends and forecasting, careers and employability, sustainability.

Research areas

Pip has emerging research interests in the impact of economics and digital print processes on textile design as well as careers and employability.

External activity

Pip has gained substantial insight into Art and Design Higher Education outside of the UK through roles as External Examiner for the Indian Institute of Art & Design and Kingston School of Art, and previously as verifier for NTU partner courses at Pearl Academy.

Pip is a member of the UK Creative Industries Federation ( HE & FE working group, which seeks to lobby decision makers and government on concerns relating to Art & Design Education.

Press expertise

  • Textile Design
  • Careers and Employability
  • Arts education
  • Return to craftsmanship

Course(s) I teach on