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I am a Animation Artist and Animation Educator from the Malvern Hills in the UK working currently Part-Time as a senior lecturer on the BA Illustration Animation Course at Kingston whilst continuing my own art practice. I lead the Level 4 Process module where students get to experience through one day workshops a variety of different processes associated with illustration animation practices including - Life Drawing, Print Making, Animation, Book Binding, Reportage drawing etc.
I have done conference talks, lectures and led animation workshops associated to my own practice Internationally over the years at various International institutions and conferences including RISD, CAL Arts, Parsons New York, National Film Board of Canada, Tokyo Zokei University, Pictoplasma Berlin, YCAM Yamaguchi centre for the arts, Toronto Image Society, Belas-Artes Ulisboa Lisbon and many others alongside various university's across the UK.
Within my own professional practice I have made over 35 short animated films which have been a mixture of mostly independently made films and commissioned shorts that have all gone on to be screened in competition, awarded a couple of major prizes (Best British Film London International Animation Festival 2017 and Best short animation VIS 2015), several special mentions, retrospectives and included within special screenings at a number of renowned festivals and institutions including Annecy, Vienna Shorts, BFI International Film Festival, RA Royal Academy, GLAS film festival, Tate Modern, FilmFest Dresden, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Centre Pompidou Paris, Animafest Zagreb, New Chitose Airport Animation Festival, Trickfilm Stuttgart, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Bristol Encounters and many more.
I have had various uk and international exhibitions including my sculpture, interactive istallations and sound work alongside my animation practice at 'Friendsssss' Deptford Contemporary London, MQ8 Vienna, Vox Populi Philadelphia, Vander Gallery Bolzano, Inter_Faces, Silent Green Pictoplasma Berlin and Ag friedhofsmuseum Pictoplasma Berlin.
Lecturer BA Illustration Animation
My main teaching at Kingston School of Art is within the 1st year of the Illustration Animation Course where im the module leader for the Process Modules focussing on introductory one day workshops and group workshops into the various processes that are involved within illustration animation practices including Life Drawing, Print Making, Animation, Book Binding, Reportage drawing etc. I am also a personal Tutor to a number of 1st year students helping them settle into university life.
Within the module I lead my own animation workshops that are introductions to 2D animation processes to help students on there animation journeys where they can take the techniques introduced into whichever process of animation they choose and to bring confidence to there longer form animation focussed projects.
I also run a Film Night within the university every month which is an informal get together for any illustration animation students across the three years. Myself and other animation focussed colleagues curate a screening of short animated films without any particular theme but a focus of showing various techniques, different ways of story telling and experimental approaches to animation. The night because of its informal approach encourages students to meet fellow peers from different year groups and hopefully inspire them with the varied possibilities of what can be made within animation.
I have been leading one day animation workshops internationally for education institutions, studio professionals and community lead classes which have been more associated with my own practice focussing on straight ahead animation and automatic writing techniques.