Dr Myfanwy Johns

Senior Lecturer in Foundation Studies in Art & Design


Myfanwy is an artist and lecturer; she joined Oxford Brookes in September 2007. She completed her doctorate at the University of Gloucestershire in 2006. Her research and practice examines the significance of ornamention in the built environment.

Professional qualifications

  • 2001 - 2006 PhD The University of Gloucestershire
  • 2006 PGCE: PCE U.C.E. Birmingham
  • 1999 MA Visual Communication U.C.E. Birmingham
  • 1988 - 1990 MA Fine Art - Painting, Nottingham Trent University
  • 1978 - 1981 BA (Hons) Fine Art - Painting, Gloucestershire College of Art.

Undergraduate Teaching

0.5 Fine Art Senior Lecturer on the Art & Design Foundation course.

Contributing to the Advanced Media pathway module of the BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree course.


Myfanwy is currently Artist in Residence at CERCIA, Birmingham University, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, 2011/12.

Her work continues to develop concepts set out in her practice-led PhD, which examined the underlying principals of Gombrich’s statement:

“Architecture must be the test for any theory concerned with the decoration of manmade structures, for it is here that the fruitful tension between functional and ornamental hierarchies can be studied on any number of levels.” (E. H. Gombrich, The Sense of Order)

Myfanwy is interested in making artwork that when placed in situ has an architectural or structural connection with its surroundings. The interaction of image or surface and substrate is a key factor to her research. She explores cutting edge applications of new technologies to develop ornamentation in architecture.

She creates geometric repeat and one-off surface imagery that envelops and defines architectural structure. She investigates images for inherent repeat patterns and this is where she sees her work as being analogous to 'musique concrete' where natural sound is processed through electronic media. Her explorations into surface design include working with historic pattern, merged with her own work to create new interpretations of surface.

Research Dissemination


ARCHIVE FEVER 2 - Material and Virtual Archives: Collections in the Making.

September 2008 - Goldsmiths. University of London.

Selected Exhibitions

2011 - ‘Dialogue’, Oxford Brookes University.

2010 - ‘Dialogue’, Les Halles des Chartrons, Bordeaux, France

2010 - ‘Architectural Disorder’ Ovada Gallery, Oxford

2008 - 'Art from Birmingham', Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

2008 - 'Project B: sebilj', New Generation Arts Festival, Birmingham

2007 - 'Project B: avlija', Architecture Week installation

2007 - ‘Tracing Light’, RWE Academy, Bristol

2006 - 6thBritish International Miniature print exhibition

2005 - 'Perpetual Portfolio', Museo Nacional del Grabado, Buenos Aires.

2004 - 'The Discerning Eye', Prize winner, Mall Galleries, London

2004 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London


2010 Sijelo Midlands Arts Centre, Audience Development

Building Commission carpet design working with Brintons, plus wall panelling and floor tiles. see brintons.net/europe/en/project-wall/#.

2009 Strata Glass wall aperture and desk panel for Creswell Crags New Museum, Museumaker commission.

2007 Gloucester Docks, decorative glass balustrade.


School of Arts

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP