Rosemary is the Course Leader and creator of the BA (Hons) Comic and Concept Art degree. She is an illustrator and concept artist specialising in Creature Design. Before joining Leeds Arts University in December 2017 she was a Lecturer in Concept Art at Teesside University.
In 2020, Rosemary authored MA Creature Design, MA Graphic Novel, and MA Worldbuilding. She is now the Creature Design Subject Specialist for the newly merged MA Worldbuildng and Creature Design course, the first of its kind, supporting students to create believable creatures that engage with their environment and have a past, present and future.
Rosemary’s area of practice and research centres around Creature Design, Speculative Biology and Art & Science Collaboration. Her work has been featured in Speculative Biology zines, eco-educational board games, and she has exhibited alongside Creature Designers Terryl Whitlatch, Brynn Metheney, Kate Pfeilschiefter, and Iris Compiet as part of Creature Design: ex femina; an exhibition celebrating women in creature design and eco-feminist perspectives.
In 2017, Rosemary was one of 8 worldwide applicants selected to complete an online, cross-disciplinary and collaborative residency with SciArt Center, New York. Working with a Volcanologist to explore science communication through narrative and world-building Rosemary created speculative creatures based upon volcanic phenomena. This culminated in a presentation at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting in December 2017.
As a freelance artist, Rosemary has produced concept art and illustrations for games, animation and publishing. Most notably, she was a concept artist for Yamination Studios' short film "At-issue", a stop-motion animation screened on Sky Arts. She also has an ongoing partnership with Ecogon by Gaiagames — a table-top, strategic game with a focus on educating players in European Ecology — creating the artwork for various species cards for multiple editions and expansions.
In 2017, she completed a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at Teesside University and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Rosemary graduated with Distinction from her MA in Concept Art for Games and Animation at Teesside University in 2014 and has a BA (Hons) Visual Communication with First Class Honours from Birmingham City University. She is currently studying a second MA in Anthrozoology with the University of Exeter.
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Chalmers, R. and Reimer, M. (2015) Ecogon.
Chalmers, R. (2019) Creature design: ex femina.
Chalmers, R., Shipman, J., Buntaine, J., and Schwarting , K. (2017) The bridge: experiments in science and art.