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Sketching Work Design in Perth

Artist in residence Lynne Chapman

About the project

The Centre for Transformative Work Design in 2018 worked with Lynne Chapman, a talented illustrator and urban sketcher, over a two-month Artist-in- Residence period. 

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During this period Lynne (accompanied by one of our researchers) was immersed in workplaces across Perth and in rural and remote WA.

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As sketching allows images to be captured quickly, the sketches enabled us to illustrate real people in real work places, which when combined with narratives, provided a powerful way to communicate with the community about the importance of good work design and how it can be achieved. The Artist-in-Residence program was completed with an exhibition showcasing of the sketches and narratives.

The Artist-in-Residence program will enabled the Centre to:


  • Engage and communicate with the community – art is a powerful communication tool. We think it will be particularly useful in explaining abstract concepts such as the characteristics your work needs to have to be motivating and less stressful.


  • Educate the community – when looking at the art, we want managers and employees to have “aha” moments about the effects of good and bad work design. We hope they apply this knowledge back at their workplaces.


  • Foster inspiration for research – for example, by collecting people’s comments and narratives.

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Work Design Sketches and Stories
Read our stories of good and bad work design
brought to life by Lynne's insightful sketches.

About the Artist

Lynne Chapman is a reportage artist, an award-winning children's illustrator with over 30 books, and UK correspondent for the international sketching organisation, Urban Sketchers.

Lynne creates sketched-paintings live, on site, recording her immediate observations often at a fast and furious pace. She is interested in drawings which not only capture, but interpret or comment on the subject, telling the story of a situation or period of time. Lynne is based in Sheffield (UK). She is passionate about drawing and is founder of Urban Sketchers Yorkshire, encouraging others to draw out on-location. Her book “Sketching People” was published by Search Press and Barrons in 2016. 

Sketching Competition

As part of the residency project, we hosted a work design sketching competition. We were delighted by the number and qualities of the entries.

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