Dr Kayla Parker

Dr Kayla Parker

Lecturer in Media Arts

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


Kayla Parker is an artist film-maker whose research interests centre around subjectivity and place, embodiment and technological mediation, from feminist perspectives, with an interest in the interface between still and moving images, and new materialism. In her practice, she works with film-based and digital technologies to explore the interrelationship between the body and forgotten, liminal spaces.

The recipient of many awards, her experimental moving image artworks have been presented around the world, in touring programmes such as the ICA Biennials, and exhibitions and festivals, with television broadcasts on Channel 4, ITV and the BBC in the UK and in Australia, Canada, France, Austria, and Germany. In the 1990s she is notable for creating innovative animated films, such as the animate! commissioned Cage of Flame (1992) and Sunset Strip (1996), along with As Yet Unseen (1994) for BFI Production, and Project, commissioned for the opening of the Lux Centre in 1997. Her work since 2000 includes the digital films Inner City (2001) for Year of the Artist; Small World (2007), commissioned for the AHRC-funded project between University for the Creative Arts and University of Dundee, screened at the Definitive Stories section of the National Review of Live Art; Teign Spirit (2009), an Animate Projects commission for Sea Change; environmental direct animations such as Flora (2011) and Reach (2014); and Maelstrom (2014), supported by a Moving Image Art Bursary from UWE and RWA. She was awarded the 2016 Nicosia-Plymouth Artist Residency with Stuart Moore hosted by Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC, associated with the Pierides Foundation), Republic of Cyprus - Father-land, the collaborative essay film outcome of the residency, premiered in the Layers of Visibility exhibition at NiMAC, curated by Liz Wells and Yiannis Toumazis, October 2018 to January 2019.

She curates and presents programmes of artists' moving image, such as Bodies of Water for the Royal West of England Academy exhibition, The Power of the Sea (2014), screened at the 2015 Cornwall Film Festival and at Force 8 (2016 and 2017). Other curated programmes include The World Within Us, featuring work by Susan Derges, Penny Grist, and Folake Shoga, for Beyond the Margins, presented by Watershed Media Centre and Skillnet South West (1996). Kayla is a co-founder of Sundog Media, the production company responsible for award-winning short films such as Heaven is a Place (2014), made with the LGBT community in Plymouth for the EU Cultural Programme; Welcome to the Treasuredome, the 2-day festival of 360 artists’ moving image held in a 21-metre dome on Weymouth seafront, for the London 2012 Olympics, which attracted an audience of over two and a half thousand people; and The Other CO2 Problem, with Plymouth Marine Laboratory, winner of the 2009 Bill Bryson Award for Science Communication awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

She holds a PhD in direct animation practice and gender, and is a Lecturer in Media Arts at University of Plymouth, where she is a member of the Arts Institute (Research) steering group. The author of several chapters and journal articles on film-making, her publications include a co-authored chapter in Routledge’s Community Filmmaking: Diversity, Practices and Places (2017), and a catalogue essay for the Leverhulme Trust Artist-in-residence TAGSCAPE exhibition at the 2016 Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, London. Ongoing research responds to the feminist methodology of British avant-garde artist, Annabel Nicolson: the initial practice outcome, On Location, a hybrid form of landscape cinema, observes a year’s cycle of seasonal changes and meteorological phenomena along a hollow way that forms the stream bed for several springs, in a remote area of rural mid-Devon in Britain (Screenworks, 2017).


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Plymouth
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE), University of Plymouth
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Gwent College of Higher Education
Diploma Membership of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers (SIAD), Norwich School of Art and Design
East Anglian Diploma of Vocational Art and Design (distinction), Norwich School of Art and Design

Additional training includes:
16mm film-making, including shooting and editing, hand-processing, image manipulation, and telecine (Chapter Film and Animation Workshop, Exeter Film and Video Workshop, Cinestar, and no.w.here)
16mm film animation, 2D and 3D (Chapter Film and Animation Workshop, and Exeter Film and Video Workshop)
Electro-acoustic sound and moving image (ESMI) (Plymouth Video Workshop)
Digital image manipulation, including rotoscoping (Plymouth College of Art and Design, and Plymouth University)

Professional membership

British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS, Special Interest Groups: Practice Research, and Essay Film)

Society for Animation Studies (SAS, Special Interest Group: Women and Animation)

Producer/Director: Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU)

Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA)

Animation Alliance UK

Affiliate: International Association of English Speaking Directors Organisations (IAESDO)

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Roles on external bodies

Academic reviewer for practice research: Screenworks, the online publication of practice research in film and screen media. Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England, Bristol (2018-)

Media Innovation Network steering group (University of Plymouth representative, 2015-17)

Centre for Moving Image Research (CMIR) UWE, Bristol (affiliate, 2014-17)

Sweet FA partnership between Plymouth Arts Centre, Moving Image Arts (MIA) research, and Sundog Media; the Sweet FA initiative introduced and investigated film-making and moving image in contemporary visual arts (University of Plymouth representative and co-founder, 2013-15)

Barefoot: the Plymouth Arts Education Partnership Agency, responsible for artists' residencies in schools, artists' projects with schools, and other creative initiatives with schools, children and young people in the Plymouth area (University of Plymouth board member, 2009-10)

Parsian Multimedia, a not-for-profit Iranian refugee cultural production group, working in collaboration and partnership with displaced communities in Plymouth and south west Britain; supported by AviD Vital, Diverse Arts, and Refugees First, Plymouth (advisor, 2008-09)

decibel, Arts Council England South West: decibel was launched by the Arts Council in 2003to raise the profile of under-represented BME (black and minority ethnic) artists via a professional mentoring programme (creative advisor, 2005-06)

South West Media Development Agency (SWMDA) [board member and company director] (1996-98)

Arts Council and Channel 4 Animate [member of awards selection and interview panels] (1995)

Celtic Film Festival [Cornish selection jury] (1995)

Cornwall Media Resource management committee, Redruth (South West Arts representative)

Cinema 100, the body that developed and presented the UK-wide programme of activities and events to celebrate 100 years of cinema [member of Plymouth steering committee] (1993-95)

Eastern Arts film and video production board [advisory member and selection committee]

South West Arts film and video production awards [member of selection panel]

Teaching interests

Postgraduate Research Supervision: currently 1 ResM and 10 MPhil/PhD candidates (including 4 as Director of Studies). Contributor to postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. LGBT+ Ally.

Research interests

Moving image: subjectivity and place, embodiment and technological mediation, from feminist perspectives, with a particular interest in new materialism.

Other research

Place and landscape practice research with Sundog Media, 2005 to date

2017 On Location HD film, which observes meteorological phenomena and the natural world over a twelve month period along a sunken lane in rural mid-Devon; supported by research awards from University of Plymouth.

2014 Maelstrom HD film capturing the confluence of the histories and lived experience of the rocky promontory on the westernmost edge of Plymouth known as Devil’s Point; commissioned by Centre for Moving Image Research, University of the West of England, and Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; supported by a CMIR-RWA Moving Image Art Bursary.

2014 Reach HD film created by burying 16mm filmstrips in the mud of the banks of the Tamar, in the upper tidal reaches of the river affected by historic arsenic mining activities. Commissioned by The River Tamar Project for the It’s All About the River film festival; additional funding for 360 installation provided by an ICCI Support Fund grant.

2014 Heaven is a Place HD dance film made in collaboration with Roberta Mock and Ruth Way, working with emergent professional performers and members of Plymouth's LGBT community; part of the Heaven on Earth? EU-funded project with partners in Greece, Spain, Turkey and France.

2011 Cinematic City HD film about the post-war architecture of Plymouth city centre, in which audio from mid-1980s regional television programmes underscores twenty first century views of the built environment. Directed, filmed and edited by Stuart Moore; produced by Kayla Parker. Commissioned by Plymouth Arts Centre, with funding by South West Screen and Arts Council England.


360 cinema practice research with Sundog Media and Innovation for the Creative and Cultural Industries (ICCI) 2010-14
2014 Reach presentation of 360 installation with surroundsound in Calstock Arts, Cornwall, for The River Tamar Project's It's All About the River film festival (13 and 14 September)

2014 Teign Spirit 360 presentations in the ICCI 360 Rotunda at Kultur+Kongress Forum, part of the 23rd International Panorama Conference, Altötting, Germany (11 to 13 September)

2013 NectarTeign Spirit 360, and Verge 360 presentations in the rotunda at the Time Around Space 360 conference, University of Plymouth (21 and 22 June)

2012 Welcome to the Treasuredome curation and presentation of the exhibition celebrating 360 artists' moving image, for ICCI and Maritime Mix - the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme in the South West, Weymouth (10 and 11 August); funding by Creative England. The 2-day event attracted an audience of over two and a half thousand people.

2012 Teign Spirit 360 presentations in the ICCI 360 Arena for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in Weymouth, July to September)

2011 Teign Spirit 360 presentations in the ICCI 360 Arena for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad in Weymouth (Open Weekend 22 to 24 July)

2010 Nectar explored the contrasting spatial affects of the Burrator Arboretum, experienced through the foraging of solitary honeybees, with the intense activity in and around the hive; commissioned by ICCI as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme in the South West, presentations at the ICCI 360 Festival, Plymouth (13 to 18 September); funding by South West Screen.

2010 Verge 360 screenings during IDA360: Immersive Experimental Week at University of Plymouth (18 February); funding by South West Screen

Grants & contracts

2018-19 Research award, for chairing essay film panel and delivery of paper at BAFTSS 7th Annual Conference 2019: Intersecting Identities: Race, Sex, NationUniversity of Birmingham, UK

2018-19 Research award, for attendance and delivery of paper at 5th International Conference of Photography and Theory [ICPT2018], PHOTOGRAPHIES & CONFLICT: Archiving and Consuming Images of Strife, Nicosia, Republic of Cyprus

2017-18 Research award, for attendance and delivery of papers (essay film and practice research panels) at BAFTSS 6th Annual Conference 2018: Revolution: Politics, Technology, Aesthetics, University of Canterbury, Kent, UK

2017-18 Research award, for location sound work and additional filming in Nicosia for Plymouth-NiMAC Artist in Residence film, Father-land

2017-18 Research award, for attendance and delivery of a paper at Essay Film and Narrative Techniques: Screenwriting Non-fiction Symposium, University of York, UK

2016-17 Research award, for attendance and delivery of a paper at #Cinema is Dead, the 3rd International Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media Conference, University College Cork, Ireland

2016 Plymouth-Nicosia Artist in Residence Award, Plymouth University and Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre [NiMAC], Nicosia, Cyprus; for Father-land film project

2015-16 Research awards (2), for Escaping Notice: the Annabel Nicolson project

2014 CMIR-RWA Moving Image Art Bursary, from Centre for Moving Image Research, UWE, and the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, for Maelstrom

2014 16mm film commission from River Tamar Project for It's All About the River film festival, for Reach
2014 Grant from the Innovation for the Creative and Cultural Industries (ICCI) Support Fund for Engaging Communities, for Reach 360 installation at Calstock Arts, Cornwall

2013 Grant from the Innovation for the Creative and Cultural Industries (ICCI) Support Fund, for development of the Heaven on Earth? project with the LGBT community in Plymouth

2013 Funding from The Culture Programme of the European Union awarded for the project  Heaven on Earth?, with artists from Greece, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, France and Italy, inspired by acclaimed novelist, playwright and activist Jean Genet (Paris, 1910-1986). It focuses on the artistic interpretation and research of Genet's works and philosophy as well as the exploration of issues stemming from his cultural legacy (with Roberta Mock and Ruth Way; European project co-ordination by Evi Sfikaki/World-CEF Culture).

2012 Research award from the Centre for Media, Art and Design Research (MADr), University of Plymouth, for Foyer Space artist's residency and STITCH, durational 16mm film-sewing performance

2012 ICCI commission, Welcome to the Treasuredome 360 artists' moving image festival, for Maritime Mix - London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea programme, Weymouth (with Stuart Moore); funded by Creative England

2011 Cinema City Artists' Moving Image Award for Cinematic City, a Sundog Media production directed, filmed and edited by Stuart Moore; and produced by Kayla Parker; for Plymouth Arts Centre, funded by South West Screen and Arts Council England.

2010 Research award from the Centre for Media, Art and Design Research (MADr), University of Plymouth, for 16mm film Brighton Road Movie
2010 ICCI Award as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme in the South West, for 360 film Nectar (with Stuart Moore)

2010 Research award from the Centre for Media, Art and Design Research (MADr), University of Plymouth, for Measure.

2010 Media Innovation Award: Independent Film for Sea Front, a Sundog Media production directed, filmed and edited by Stuart Moore; and produced by Kayla Parker

2009 Animate Projects commission for the Sea Change initiative of CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, and the government's advisor on architecture, urban design and public space

2009 CEPPL Award: Supporting Learning in the Workplace (Centre for Excellence in Professional Placement Learning, University of Plymouth)

2009 Media Innovation Award: Collaboration between Business and Young People for There2 Care: The Voice of Young Carers; Sundog Media production with young people at The Zone, Young Carers Project, Plymouth

2008 Research award, Plymouth College of Art and Design, for Immersion exhibition by Locate research group

2008 Hold, large scale outdoor 16mm film projection, Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth

2007 Travel bursary: Plymouth Media-Partnership (PM-P), for attendance at Aurora, Norwich

2007 Definitive Stories, National Review of Live Art Screening Programme, New Moves International, Glasgow (AHRC project led by Stephen Littman University for the Creative Arts, and Peter E. Richardson University of Dundee)

2005 First Light Movies / The UK Film Council

2005 RIFE Lottery Award, South West Screen

2004 Wild Ideas, Bristol Natural History Consortium and Innovations South West, SWERDA

2004 no.w.here, London

2003 Awards for All Project Award, the Barefoot Project and the National Lottery

2002 Living City Project Award, Plymouth Arts Centre, South West Arts and the National Lottery

2001 Filmwaves, LUX, London

2001 Dartmoor Lives and Landscapes, Aune Head Arts

2000 Miniature Film, Poetry International, Royal Festival Hall

2000 Women of Achievement Award (nominated, finalist)

2000 TX 2000, Film Production Award, South West Media Development Agency and Carlton Broadcasting

2000 Year of the Artist Project Award, South West Arts

1999 Film and Video Production Award, South West Media Development Agency

1999 Arts Grant, Plymouth City Council

1998 Exhibition Initiatives Award, South West Media Development Agency

1997 Silver Award, Hamburg Short Film Festival

1997 One Minute Film, London Film-Makers‘ Co-op, Lux and National Lottery

1997 Awards for All Project Award, National Lottery

1997 The Award for Outstanding Contribution to Art, from the City of Plymouth (for the development and presentation of the START moving image festival, and promotion of the work of moving image artists and film-makers of southwest Britain)

1996 Film and Video Art Production Award, the Arts Council

1994 Animated Poem, Poetry International, Royal Festival Hall

1994 Animate! Award, the Arts Council and Channel 4

1994 Production Projects Fund Award, British Film Institute

1993 Film and Video Production Award, South West Arts

1993 One Minute Television, Arts Council and BBC2’s The Late Show

1993 The Dick Award (nominated: finalist)

1993 Cinewomen Award (nominated: highly commended)

1991 Canan nan Gaidhael (The Language of the Gael), ScottishTV

1991 Animate! Award, the Arts Council and Channel 4

1990 Artists’ Film, Video and Broadcasting Award, the Arts Council

1990 Award of Merit, Cork Film Festival

1989 Television South West and South West Arts Film Award

1988 Film and Video Award, South West Arts

Creative practice & artistic projects

For filmography, details of artistic works, screenings and exhibitions see http://www.kaylaparker.co.uk


2017 'On Location: Kayla Parker', Plymouth Arts Centre; Gallery in the Cinema artist’s moving image exhibition programme

2014 'Reach' (with Stuart Moore), Calstock Arts Centre, Cornwall; 360 gallery installation with surround sound

2010 'Hand Eye Visions' (with Stuart Moore), Cine-City, Lighthouse, Brighton

2005 'Verge' (with Stuart Moore), Salt Gallery, Hayle, Cornwall

2004 'Stuart Moore & Kayla Parker' (with Stuart Moore), Salt Gallery, Hayle, Cornwall

1994 'Frame by Frame', Plymouth Arts Centre


2014- 'The Birth of Memory', Exim Dance, UK

2012- 'Move on Up; and Marking Time; Animate Retrospective, Animate Projects, worldwide

2011-14 'Making Tracks', Whirlygig Cinema and Cabinet of Living Cinema, UK

2009- 'One Minute' volumes 3-9, curated by Kerry Baldry, worldwide

2005 'Tricky Women: Festivals im Dialog', Austria

2003 'Roadshow', Grizedale Arts, with Rêl Institute, UK

2001 'Gene', Halloween, UK

2000 'Music in May: UK2000 Creativity and Innovation', Singapore (British Council)

1998 'British Animation Awards: Public Choice', UK

1997 'Impakt 97: Stars on 35', Highlights Tour of the Netherlands

1996 'European Media Art Festival Tour', EMAF, Germany

1995 'Free Radicals', ICA Film and Video

1995 'What You See is What You Get', ICA Biennial of Independent Film and Video

1995 'Women Making Movies', BFI and WFTV

1994 'Hygiene and Hysteria', London Filmmakers Co-op, UK and Europe

1992 'Arrows of Desire', ICA Biennial of Independent Film and Video, worldwide

1991 'European Media Art Festival Tour', EMAF, Germany

1990 'Metaphors, Monologues and Landscapes', Film and Video Umbrella, worldwide

1990 'Out of the West: Independent Film and Video', South West Arts, UK

1990 'Getting Animated', Arts Council, UK

Animation Research Centre (ARC) Archive, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK

Aniont (Animation Online Theatre), Czech Republic
ASIFA Archive, Cinematheque, Lausanne, Switzerland
British Council, London, UK

BFI National Archive
British Film and Video Artists' Study Collection, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
European Media Art Festival (EMAF) Archive, Osnabrück, Germany
Mediawave Archive, Győr, Hungary
National Media Museum, Bradford, UK
National Film and Television Archive (NFTVA), BFI Collections, British Film Institute, London, UK
National Review of Live Art (NRLA) Archive, University of Bristol, UK

PoetryFilm Archive, London, UK
Short Film Archive, KurzFilmAgentur, Hamburg, Germany
Southbank Centre Poetry Library, London, UK
South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) Plymouth, UK
Sydney College of Arts, the University of Sydney, Australia
Videoteca de la Fundación Provincial de Cultura, Cádiz, Spain
The Children’s Film Library, the Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Women's Art Library (MAKE), Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

All titlesSundog Media is the principal distributor and sales agent. Contact: sundogmedia@gmail.com

LUX distributes 9 titles, Looks FamiliarNuclear FamilyUnknown WomanCage of FlameNight SoundingAs Yet UnseenSunset StripProject, and Walking Out. Contact via: https://lux.org.uk/artist/kayla-parker

Animate Projects distributes 3 titles: Cage of Flame, Sunset Strip, and Teign Spirit. Contact: distribution@animateprojects.org

Sunset Strip is included on the AnimateTV: 20 Years of Experimental Animation from the UK (2010) [DVD] and in two Animate Projects film touring programmes, Animate Retrospective, and Themed programme 2: Marking Time

Sunset Strip is also included in: Into Animation: A Video Compilation and Teaching Guide (2003) [VHS, CD-ROM and booklet with production notes] from BFI Education. ISBN1-903786-10-X

Teign Spirit is one of four moving image artworks selected by Tate Youth Forum for the Paintings in Hospitals Children and Young People’s Collection, available for loan to all healthcare environments in the UK, including hospitals, GP surgeries, hospices and mental health facilities. Contact: mail@paintingsinhospitals.org.uk


Physic is included on Dartmoor Lives and Landscapes (2001) [DVD] from Aune Head Arts. Contact via: http://www.auneheadarts.org.uk/archive/site/publications.html

The BFI distributes Night Sounding as a 16mm print in the Free Radicals touring programme

As Yet Unseen and Unknown Woman are also available from European Media Arts Festival (EMAF). Contact: distribution@emaf.de

8 films are included in the One Minute collections of artists’ moving image curated by Kerry Baldry:
vol 3: White Body, and Verge: Nocturne
vol 4: Twenty Foot Square
vol 5: Flora
vol 6: Yessling
vol 7: Project
vol 8: Night Sounding

vol 9: Maelstrom

Flora is also included in the One Minute special programmes Remix, Remix 2, and VisualcontainerTV

Project is also included in the One Minute special programme for the British Council

Contact: kerrybaldry@gmail.com

White Body is available on the Screenworks volume 2 DVD: the AVPhD Issue, published in association with Intellect Books' Journal of Media Practice (volume 9 issue 3, November 2008), as the silent loop presented as a floor projection in the Immersion exhibition, Plymouth. Contact: screenworks@jmpscreenworks.com

White Body is included on the DVD of the exhibition, HerStory, held at the Link Gallery, University of Winchester 8 June - 8 July 2011 to reflect the narrative of women's lives; produced by Women's Work

Research groups

  • Moving Image Arts (MIA)


2018 'Framing memory: return to the zone' [chapter/conference proceedings, with Stuart Moore] in Costa Valenta A. (ed.) AVANCA | CINEMA 2018. Avanca: Edições Cine-Club de Avanca. Publication date: 25 July 2018. pp. 103-108.

2017 'On Location: landscape cinema and digital memory' [chapter/conference proceedings, with Stuart Moore] in Costa Valenta A., Capucho R. (eds) AVANCA | CINEMA 2017. Avanca: Edições Cine-Club de Avanca. Publication: 26 July 2017. pp. 251-255.

2017 'Heaven is a Place: The politics and poetics of LGBT location in a community dance film' [chapter, with Roberta Mock and Ruth Way] in Sarita Malik, Caroline Chapain and Roberta Comunian (eds.) Community Filmmaking: Diversity, Practices and Places. London: Routledge. Publication: 24 April 2017. pp. 191-209.

2016 'Filming the river: memories of the tidal Tamar' [chapter/conference proceedings, with Stuart Moore] in Costa Valenta A., Capucho R. (eds) AVANCA | CINEMA 2016. Avanca: Edições Cine-Club de Avanca. Publication: 1 September 2016. pp. 140-144.

2013 'Jamming the machine: the personal-political in Annabel Nicolson's Reel Time' [chapter] in Rebecca Emmett (ed.) The Arts in popular culture in history. Plymouth: Plymouth University Press (UPP). pp. 217-233.

2012 ‘Moving image production and the pedagogical development of media literacy’ [chapter, with Liam French and Stuart Moore] in Maher Bahloul and Carolyn Graham (eds.) Lights! Camera! Action and the brain: The use of film in education. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. pp. 111-140.

Journal articles and essays

2018 'Father-land: troubled dialogues in a divided island' in Arts Institute Research Stories 2016/17 [brochure, with Stuart Moore] Plymouth: University of Plymouth. pp. 17 and 18.

2017 'On Location' [moving image artwork and research statement] Screenworks Vol. 7 No. 3 Special Issue 'Radical Filmmaking' ed. Steve Presence. ISSN 2514-3123. Available: http://screenworks.org.uk

2016 'Co-creating in the landscape with Dominica Williamson' TAGSCAPE [catalogue essay for Leverhulme Trust Artist-in-residence exhibition at The Royal Geographic Society Annual International Conference, London, 30 August to 2 September 2016]. Plymouth: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University.

2016 'Not playing ball: Steven Paige’s Let’s Go Bowling' [catalogue essay on printed broadsheet for Gallery in the Cinema artist’s film exhibition in the cinema at Plymouth Arts Centre, 5 to 14 April 2016]. Plymouth: Plymouth Arts Centre and Moving Image Arts.

2015 'Artwork - Kayla Parker - White Body' [film and artist's statement] Critical Contemporary Culture Journal Issue IV PLAY. 1 April 2015. London: LSE. Available: http://www.criticalcontemporaryculture.org/category/issues/issue-iv-play/

2014 'Blobs in tartan colours: Margaret Tait's Painted Eightsome' [essay] Frames Cinema Journal Issue 5 'Framing animation' October 2014. University of St Andrews. ISSN 2053-8812. Available: http://framescinemajournal.com/

2012 'Making Glass' [paper: critical reflection,video documentation with monologue, and film] with Stuart Moore, in Annette Arlander, Yvon Bonenfant and Mary Agnes Covey-Krell (editor-curators) Ex-Trauma: The Opposite of the Traumatic, Experiments and Intensities volume 2, November 2012. Winchester: University of Winchester Press.

2011 'White Body' [film, with research statement and peer reviews] in Charlotte Crofts (ed.) JMP Screenworks Volume 2 AVPhD Issue, Summer 2011.

2011 'White Body: animating feminine pleasure' [paper: written critical reflection, with film and film frame] Body, Space and Technology Journal Volume 10. Number 2. Summer 2011 [print and online]. Brunel University, West London. ISSN 1470-9120.


2010 'Memories wanted' [essay, with film and colour photographic series] in Nicholas Rombes (editor and convenor) REQUIEM // 102.Minute #2916 December 2010.

2010 'Art of research' [feature article/interview with Roberta Mock] in Lee Morgan (ed.) Arts Culture Plymouth Issue 3. June 2010 [print and online]. Exeter: News and Media Republic. pp. 26 - 30.


2002 'Icon: a light at the end of the world' [feature article] in Imagine: Animation/Digital Media/Post Production Spring 2002. Bristol: Greetlake. pp. 59 - 60.


2001 'Remembering Alison de Vere (1927 - 2001)' [feature article and obituary] in ASIFA News Volume 14. Number1. 2001. Ottawa: International Association of Animated Film. p. 16 [French translation p. 17; Russian translation p. 18].


2000 'Direct-it-Yourself Guide to Film-making,‘Face to Face: with Alison de Vere', and 'Mr Entertainment: Colin Rose' [x 3 feature articles] in Bel Mooney (ed.) Proof: Year of the Artist in the South West Summer 2000. Exeter: South West Arts ISSN 1470-5508 pp. 21;22 – 23; 24 - 25.


1998 ‘Sunset Strip’ [double-page feature, extractsfrom production diary, with enlarged colour film stills, front and back covers] Vicky Smith (ed.) Boiling: experimental animation Issue 1. October 1998. London: London Film Makers’ Co-op [no page numbers].


Exhibition catalogues

2018 'Father-land' [with Stuart Moore, text and stills, pp. 79-90, and cover image; for exhibition at Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, 19 October 2018 - 12 January 2019] in Liz Wells (ed.) Layers of Visibility: NiMAC/University of Plymouth Artist Residencies 2013-2017. Plymouth: University of Plymouth Press.

2012 'Kayla Parker: Sunset Strip' [text and biog, with enlarged film frame, for continuous screenings 31 May - 26 August 2012, Canary Wharf Station, London] in Canary Wharf Screen -Season 2: Animate Projects Move on Up [16 selected films]. London: Art on the Underground. p. 7. Sunset Strip 35mm film artwork also featured on promotional materials, such as postcards and cloth shopping bags.


2008 Spectacular Visions [programme notes for film screenings, Jill Craigie Cinema] British Animation Awards 2008: Public Choice Awards. Plymouth: Peninsula Arts.


2004 'Project' in Memory, Narrative, Imaging the Un-see-able programme; and 'As Yet Unseen', 'Walking Out' and 'Elemental' in Cinema, Spectacle, Immersion programme [enlarged film stills], in Jackie Hatfield and Stephen Littman (eds. and curators) Experiments in Moving Image [exhibition publication, 26 January - 1 February 2004,University of Westminster] Margate: Thanet ISBN1-902458-06-0 pp. 49; 90; 91;92; 100; 105.


1994 'Kayla Parker' [double-page spread with large b/w photograph] in Brion Clinkingbeard (ed. and curator) Strandline: Where Plymouth Meets the Sea [exhibition publication, 23 April - 11 June 1994, Plymouth City Art Gallery] Plymouth: Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

Internet publication

2007 Art of Conversation [online creative media education research project]. Plymouth: Sundog Media.

2006 Unity [site for cultural diversity project]. Plymouth: Plymouth College of Art and Design. Hosted by PCAD until summer 2010.


2005 Street Rat [online film production site] First Light (UK Film Council). Plymouth: Sundog Media.


2004 Wild Ideas: a Perfect World [online film production site] Wild Ideas, Bristol Natural History Consortium. Plymouth: Sundog Media.


2000 You Are Here [poetry film project documentation] Miniature Film Project, Poetry International, and Royal Mail. Plymouth: Sundog Media.


1997 Project [blog: film production diary] One Minute Film commission, London Film Makers’ Co-op. Plymouth: Sundog Media.


DVD publication

2011 'White Body' [film and artist’s statement] in HerStory (July 2011) [DVD of exhibition, 8 June - 8 July 2011, Link Gallery, University of Winchester] Winchester: Women’s Work.


2010 'Sunset Strip' [35mm film] in Animate TV: 20 Years of Experimental Animation from the UK [DVD of 23 selected films, with booklet]. London: Animate Projects.


2008 'White Body' [film and research statement,with peer reviews] in Screenwork2 AVPhD Issue [DVD showcase of practice-based doctorial research in screen media - moving image work on film, video and new media platforms]. Journal of Media Practice Volume 9, Issue 3,November 2008. Bristol: Intellect.


2003 'Sunset Strip' [film and production notes,with b/w studio photograph] in Louise Spraggon Into Animation: A Video Compilation and Teaching Guide [VHS and CD-ROM, with booklet]. London: BFI Education ISBN1-903786-10-X.

2001 'Physic' [digital film] in Dartmoor Lives and Landscapes [VHS and DVD]. Princetown: Aune Head Arts (AHA).

Other publications

2006 'The Bigger Picture: Getting Animated' [reflection on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs] in Simon Cropper (ed.) Time Out 1000 Films to Change Your Life. London: Ebury ISBN978-1-904978-73-2 p. 101.


2005 Learning Companion (reprinted twice) [comprehensive guide to study for level 3 learners, x 64 pages]. Plymouth: Plymouth Learning and Work Partnership, and the 14 - 19 Pathfinder Project [author; design in collaboration with Stuart Moore; production: Sundog Media].


Image publications

2012 'Teign Spirit' [large colour still, Coastcards section], and 'Sunset Strip' [large colour still 35mm artwork, penultimate page] with quotation from Kayla Parker, in Animate Projects: Experiments in Animation [brochure, print and online]. London: Animate Projects.


2008 'The Brothers Quay in Conversation withSuzanne Buchan' [drawings and text, x 4 Field Notes notebook pages] Proof magazine, Kate Jago (ed.) (Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 2008) Exeter: Portfolio Five. p. 20.


2006 'Sunset Strip' [x 9 colour film stills, inside back cover] Benjamin Cook and Gary Thomas (eds.) The Animate! Book: Rethinking Animation. London: LUX in collaboration with Arts Council England.ISBN 0-9548569-2-9.


2006 'Cage of Flame' and 'Project' [large colour film stills] in 'Images' chapter Jackie Hatfield (ed.) Experimental Film and Video: A New Anthology. Eastleigh: John Libbey ISBN0-86196-664-3 p. 275.


2005 'Cage of Flame' [large film still, the cover image; b/w photograph by Stuart Moore] an.schlage: das feministische magazin (March, 03/2005). Vienna: Redaktion.


2003 'Metamorphosis' [16mm filmstrip], 'Sunset Strip', 'Walking Out' and 'Running Horse' [enlarged colour frames] in Drawing on film section; 'Cage of Flame' [large colour film still: Woman in Smoke] in Themes: Didactic section, in Richard Taylor The Encyclopaedia of Animation Techniques (revised edition, 2003; original edition, 1996). London: Quarto ISBN 0-240-51488-2 pp.64 – 65; 131. 'Walking Out' film frame also included on front cover of dust jacket.


1996 'Cage of Flame' [enlarged 16mm film still, from b+w photograph by Stuart Moore] in 'Kayla Parker' double-page feature, David Curtis (ed.) A Directory of British Film and Video Artists. Luton: John Libbey and Arts Council of England ISBN 1-86020-003-6. Cover image and pp. 138 – 139; 223.


1996 'As Yet Unseen' [enlarged film still, the cover image, exhibition programme] (July - September 1996). London: London Film-Makers’ Co-op.


1993 'Unknown Woman' [x 2 colour 16mm film frames] in Ilona Halberstadt (ed.) PIX 1. ISSN 0967 8727.


1992 'Unknown Woman' [colour enlarged film still], and 'A-Z: Parker, Kayla GB' [bio/filmography] in Jayne Pilling (ed.) Women and Animation: A Compendium. London: British Film Institute ISBN0-85170-377-1 pp. 80 -81; pp. 133 – 134.

Esteem items and citations
2017 Kim Knowles 'Engaging Material Specificities: Aesthetics and Politics in 1970s' [chapter] in Laura Mulvey and Sue Clayton (eds.) Other Cinemas: Politics, Culture and Experimental Film in the 1970s. London: IB Tauris.

2016 Giannalberto Bendazzi 'Kayla Parker' [section] in 'Great Britain: the Wonderful Years' [chapter 3] Animation: A World History Volume III: Contemporary Times. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. p. 81.

2015 Victoria Hunter Moving Sites: Investigating Site-Specific Performance. Abingdon and New York: Routledge. p. 346.

2015 Zata Kitowski 'Send & Receive: Poetry, Film and Technology' [paper] symposium, FACT Liverpool, University of Liverpool, PoetryFilm and The Poetry Society (5 February 2015).

2013 'Animation' in Alan Burton and Steve Chibnall Historical Dictionary of British Cinema. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. p. 35.

2011 Steven Presence and Matthew Robinson 'British Radical Screens Symposium, Bush House, Bristol, 3 September 2010' [review] in Journal of British Cinema and Television volume 8 pp. 133 - 136. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 134 - 135.

2010 Letter to the World animated film directed by Professor Suzie Hanna, Norwich University College of the Arts, in consultation with Dr Sally Bayley, Balliol College, University of Oxford, featuring 'stimmung' sound design by Tom Simmons; created for the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS) Conference, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford (August 2010). Artwork from Kayla Parker's film Sunset Strip is featured as the window view in scenes with the animated silhouette of American actress Elisabeth Gray. 9 minutes.

2010 'Direct Animation' [section] in A/VA to Z: An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Media, Entertainment and Other Audiovisual Terms. Richard W. Kroon. Jefferson, NC: McFarland ISBN 13:978-0786444052:

"direct animation n. 1. An animation technique where images (and in some cases sound) are drawn or pasted directly onto blank film, generally black or clear emulsion leader. Practitioners of the technique include Len Lye, Norman McLaren, andKayla Parker. Their work can be seen in A Colour Box (1939), Begone Dull Care (1949), and Sunset Strip (1996), respectively."

2009 Coastcards: A Response to the Three Films, Gareth Gardener, Animate Projects (13 October 2009) [online].

2008 'Experimenting on Air: UK Artists' Film on Television' AL Rees in Laura Mulvey and Jamie Sexton (eds.) Experimental British television.Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, p. 158

2008 'Composers and Animators - The Creation of Interpretive and Collaborative Vocabularies' Suzie Hanna in Journal of Media Practice Volume 9, Issue 1, Spring 2008. pp.29 - 41. doi: 10.1386/jmpr.9.1.29/1.


2008 'The Animation Game' [double page illustrated feature on Kayla Parker] Lee Morgan (author and ed.) Art in Devon magazine February/March 2008 [print and online]. pp. 16 – 17.

2007 'Transitions and Transgression: The British Avant-garde and Methods of Opposition, 1985-1994' Gareth Buckell in Filmwaves Issue 34 Autumn 2007. pp. 34 – 39.
"Kayla Parker’s A Cage of Flame [sic] (1992) was an animation wryly exploring menstruation, and whilst female animators were resistant to being grouped together (like Attille, they felt any such social grouping was inherently problematic, hiding different interests within it), women were integral to the revival of avant-garde animation in the Eighties and Nineties, which experienced its most productive period since the Thirties."

2007 A History of Artists' Film and Video in Britain, David Curtis (ed.). London: BFI ISBN 1-84457-096-7 pp. 140; 255.

2006 'Categories of Mixed-media Artists' Suzie Hanna in Paul Wells The Fundamentals of Animation. Lausanne: AVA Publishing SA. p. 66.

"4. Artist film-makers who animate with widely varying techniques and materials as a way of bringing ideas and narratives to life in a physically symbolic manner. Examples: David Anderson, Kayla Parker, Jan Svankmajer, Yuri Norstein, Simon Pummell and The Quay Brothers."

2005 'Image is Everything' Esther Johnson (curator) in British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection [online exhibition].

2004 'Sperimentale, cinema' Bruno Di Marino in Treccani: La Cultura Italiana [essay]: "La stagione strutturalista ha ceduto il passo nell'era digitale soprattutto alle tecniche di skratch video, mentre non è mai venuta meno la passione per il cinema astratto su pellicola con esperimenti pittorici (il canadese Richard Reeves, l'italiano Leonardo Carrano, l'inglese Kayla Parker, la tedesca Barbel Neubauer)."

2003 Comic Art of Europe Through 2000: An International Bibliography volume II (Bibliographies and Indexes in Popular Culture, no. 10) John A. Lent. Westport, CT: Praeger (Greenwood). p. 1006.


2003 'Women's Animation: Women Animators with a Distinctive Feminine and/or Feminist Perspective' Ruth Lingford, Screenonline: The Definitive Guide to Britain's Film and TV History. London: BFI.

2002 ''You Might Change the Way People Think": School-Cinema Partnerships in Rural Areas [Final Report of The Devon School-Cinema Project 2000-2002]. London: BFI Education. pp. 17 - 18; 20.


2002 Beautiful Little Movers: Ever Considered Animation? Annette Ward (2002) in British Society of Comedy Writers Newsletter, edition 037 10 April 2002 (online)

2001 ‘Highly Visible’ Lois Taylor (Summer 2001) Animated: The Community Dance Magazine. Leicester: BC Publications on behalf of Foundation for Community Dance pp. 38 – 40.


2001 'Highly Visible' in 365: Year of the Artist in the South West Bob Butler, Alyson Sarah Hallett and Piers Rawson. Bridport: Agre Books and South West Arts. ISBN 0-9538000-6-7. p. 113.

2000 "Using the Basic Teaching Techniques in ART AND DESIGN' Cary Bazalgette, Wendy Earle, Jenny Grahame, Jill Poppy, Mark Reid and Alastair West (eds.) Moving Images in the Classroom: A Secondary Teachers' Guide to Using Film and Television. London: British Film Institute ISBN 0 85170 8315.p. 29.

1999 'Animation' [section] Chris Byrne, in Peter Childs and Mike Storry (eds.) Encyclopaedia of British Culture. London: Routledge. p. 27:

"Kayla Parker makes films that are experimental in form, with uncompromising subject matter. Cage of Flame (1992) celebrates menstruation and uses a combination of live action, stop-motion and scratching on the surface of the film to convey haunting, powerful imagery. Sunset Strip (1996) is a time lapse film of drawings of sunsets made every evening over one year. The images are drawn directly onto the film using a variety of materials including nail varnish, magnolia petals, hair and net stockings."

1999 Vertigo Volume 1 No. 9 Summer 1999 'Rendered Invisible: The Silence of the Critics' by Ruth Lingford: "Kayla Parker's film Cage of Flame, full of rich and powerful images that communicated directly with my body"; and 'Cage of Flame' film still ('Woman in Smoke') in 'Breer's babes' by Samantha Moore; pp. 26; 27.


1999 Animasjoinsom Musikk, Rune Kreutz, Animertedager/Oslo Animation Festival; published to accompany the Oslo animation festival, Norway.


1999 'Some Unusual Suspects – A Selection of Animate! Winners': 'Cage of Flame' and 'Sunset Strip' film stills with page feature; 'The complete list of Animate! Films: Year 2 (1991) and Year 5 (1994)'; 'Close up on camera-less animation' in Art and Animation Gareth Evans and David Curtis. London: Channel 4 Television ISBN 1-85144-244-8. pp. 8; 9; 11; 20.

1998 'Eating and Animating: Balancing the Basics for UK Independents', Marie Beardmore,  Animation world magazine 3.7, 1 October 1998, Animation World Network pp. 21 – 24.


1998 'European Media Arts Festival 1998' Andreas Denk in Kunstforum International (Volume 141 p. 362).

1996 'British Animation Past and Present' Pat Raine Webb in Animatoon: World Animation Journal 6 (2) 1996, Korea pp. 8 - 9, pp. 41 - 42; (Korean translation, illustrated, pp. 36 - 40).

1996 'Will the Monster Eat the Film? Or the Redefinition of Animation 1980-94' Simon Pummell [chapter] in The British Avant-garde Film 1926 to 1995: An Anthology of Writings Michael O’Pray (ed.). Luton: John Libbey, University of Luton with the Arts Council ofEngland ISBN 1-86020-004-4. p. 308:

"Kayla Parker's A Cage of Flame (1993) [sic] presents a de-sanitised view of women's menstruation; a tumult of mixed media animation including pixillated crimson berries spiralling on a woman's belly, seeds coated in viscous blood-like juice, dancing calligraphic hand-drawn animation, a pixillated woman bursting up through the root structures of a tree and imploding vulva-shaped calligraphy. The film is an assertion of a subjective and mythic view of women which the film-maker states is 'counter to the sanitised, pastel pretty version we are conditioned to accept'".


1996 'The National Lottery: A Polemic' Jill McGreal, Animation World Magazine 1.8. Animation World Network.

1994 'Mistress of the Moving Picture', Isabel Stott [feature on Kayla Parker's solo exhibition, Frame by Frame, at Plymouth Arts Centre, ] Evening Herald newspaper. Plymouth: Western Morning News (15 December 1994).


1994 Potato: A Film and Video Show Gary Thomas, Steve Mcintyre and Alison Jacques. London: Independent Art Space. Published to accompany the exhibition 'Potato: a film and video show'. ISBN: 1898973009.


1994 'Life and Times: Kayla Parker Film-maker' [profile] in Networking: The Film, Video and Television Organisation for Women Newsletter. Leeds: Vera Productions. p. 4.


1994 'Art into Film' Philip Dodd, Will Bell and Richard Humphreys, Sight and Sound special magazine supplement (July 1994) to accompany the R.B. Kitaj exhibition at Tate Gallery. London: British Film Institute.

1992 'Animation in the UK' in Women and Animation: A Compendium, Jayne Pilling (ed.). London: British Film Institute ISBN 0-85170-377-1 p. 82.

1989 'Learning New Technology with Exeter Film and Video Workshop' [report on Arts Council Animateur project at South Dartmoor School, led by Chris Rushton] Charlotte Rastan in Arts and Schools. London: HMSO, Central Office of Information for Department of Education and Science and the Office of Arts and Libraries. pp. 46 – 47.

Reports & invited lectures


'Experience not Object: the Personal Cinema of Malcolm Le Grice' Art Bite gallery talk for Malcolm Le Grice: Present Moments and Passing Time exhibition, Plymouth Arts Centre and Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth. 2 March 2017

'Seeing is Believing?' Art Bite gallery talk for Searching for Genius: Douglas Gordon exhibition, Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth. 2 November 2016

Careers in Academia [20 minute talk, postgraduate research training event for PhD students and research staff from Health, Social Science, Arts and Humanities] the Graduate School, Plymouth University. 16 March 2016

Ben Rivers: Short Films [introductory talk, with discussion after the screening] Plymouth Arts Centre. 11 February 2016

'Bodies of Water' [introductory talk, with discussion after the screening] for programme of artists' moving image curated in response to the Royal West of England Academy exhibition The Power of the Sea, RWA Bristol. 3 May 2014

‘Moving space and time: an introduction to artists’ moving image’ [lecture, 90 minutes] for Sweet FA: A Journey through Artists' Film, an initiative between Sundog Media and Plymouth Arts Centre; at Plymouth Arts Centre. 24 October 2013

'Liquidity' [introduction to curated screening programme, 55 minutes] Water: Image conference, presented by Land/Water and the Visual Arts; at Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University. 4 - 6 July 2012

Thursdays @ One [gallery talk on Luke Fowler’s Flutter screen 16mm installation, 60 minutes] for the British Arts Show 7: In the Days of the Comet (BAS7); Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth University (for Peninsula Arts). 24 November 2011

Screen Talk [introduction to Patrick Keiller's film 'Robinson in Ruins'], Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University (for Peninsula Arts). 24 October 2011

Close-up: the view from here [talk] for Salon South West: Peep Show at the Octagon, in response to the themes of Project Space 11’s Peep Show presentation of moving image work by members of the Subjectivity and Feminisms Research Group at Chelsea College of Art and Design. The Octagon Social Club, Stonehouse, Plymouth. 28 October 2010

Animation Symposium, Screen Studies South West [round table discussion, 60 minutes] Industry,Practice and Animation Education: panel member, with Tom Walsh (AUCB, chair); Tom Barnes (Aardman Animation Ltd); Mark Cass (EscapeStudios); Chris Gunningham (King Rollo); Richard Haynes (Cosgrove Hall/Aardman); and Stuart Moore (University College Plymouth, Marjon/Sundog Media); Arts University College at Bournemouth. 30 March 2010

Evolution: Case study of two moving image projectsAs Yet Unseen and Inner City [visiting artist film-maker's talk charting the journey from idea to presentation of the mediation of that idea to an audience]; for MA Contemporary Film Practice, Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth. 11 March 2010

Sunset Strip: a year watching the sun set
 [visiting artist film-maker's talk about the 35mm film of the visual music of 365 setting suns]; for MA Contemporary Film Practice, Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth. 25 November 2009

Wendy and Lucy
 [film seminar and discussion of Kelly Reichardt's film: exploring the theme of interior landscape in relation to exterior environment, and the tensions played out within the context of the interrupted personal journey of one woman and her dog]; Film Academy, Plymouth Arts Centre. 28 April 2009

Seminar presentation for SURGE TO MERGE: Creative Industries and Cultural Regeneration, University of Plymouth conference organised by Joasia Krysa, Geoff Cox and Roslyn Porter in partnership with Plymouth Arts Centre; held at Plymouth Arts Centre. 17 March 2005. My paper asked: How do art and creativity sit within the economic agenda? and explored the role that creativity - with its unpredictable and unruly nature - might play in the new Plymouth, and showed how artists have reclaimed public space through interventions such as street art using graffiti, posters and stickers, performance art, and digital media.

Meet the Industry [panel member] event organised by Honeycomb Animation, Animated Exeter festival, at Exeter Picturehouse. 19 February 2000

Animate [panel member] Arts Council of England and Channel 4 event, at the Lux Centre, London. 18 November 1999

Animate [panel member] Arts Council of England and Channel 4 event, International Animation Festival; St David's Hall, Cardiff. 1 June 1996

Innovation '93: The First Manchester International Film Forum curated by Moira Sweeney, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK. A Television Affair panel discussion exploring the effectiveness of strategies to get experimental and innovative moving image onto television screens Ana De Skalon producer of The South, Brazilian film-maker Jorge Furtodo, Kayla Parker "film-maker based in the South West", and Rod Stoneman commissioning editor at Channel 4. 30 March - 4 April 1993

Presentation for Women in Animation event organised by the BFI, held at the Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI), London. 1992

REPORTS selected
Online Presence and Global Media Development: From 2009 Onward, for Land/Water and the Visual Arts research group, School of Art and Media,University of Plymouth (July 2010)

Creating a Balance: Lecturing and PhD Study for Research and Graduate Committee, MADr (Media, Art and Design Research Centre), School of Art and Media, University of Plymouth (June 2010)

AURORA 2007: Possible Worlds, for Plymouth Media-Partnership (PM-P) (2007)

Annual evaluation reports for the BME and cultural diversity projects led by Kayla Parker at Plymouth College of Art and Design, for The Learning and Skills Council (co-authored with Carolyn Stoakes, 2004, 2005 and 2006)

Greenlink Environmental Arts Project evaluation report. Plymouth: Plymouth City Council and Arts Council England (co-authored with Stuart Moore; production: Sundog Media)

Other academic activities

2015-     Arts Institute (Research) steering group (ECR rep); (Public Programme) steering group (moving image and cinema advisor) (Peninsula Arts to 2018)

2010-13 School of Art and Media Research and Graduate Committee (representing staff doctoral candidates)
2008-13 Peninsula Arts Film Programme Advisory Committee
2009-10 Faculty of Arts Practice and Work Experience Group
2008-10 Race Equality Action Scheme Sub-committee (Faculty of Arts representative), and member of Faculty of Arts Equality and Diversity Committee

Widening participation, engagement and enterprise initiatives include:

Lighthouse 16mm film poem inspired by Smeaton's Tower on Plymouth Hoe, winner of the Animated Exeter Young Ones Award (under 18s category), and the Young Motion Plymouth Award 2012; shortlisted for a Kids for Kids UK film award (Animation category) 2012.

Created with students from the After School Media Club at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College; made possible with generous support from Faculty of Arts Widening Participation, Media Arts, Contemporary Film Practice, and Peninsula Arts with Plymouth University; Sundog Media and Plymouth Arts Centre.

Premiere screening in Jill Craigie Cinema during the 16mm Unravel animation workshop day in the Roland Levinsky Building, presented by Peninsula Arts, 5 November 2011. Selected for the Animated Exeter festival 2012, screened at East End Film Festival (CineEast: Whirlykids programme, 1 July 2012), and shown in secondary schools across County Durham during autumn 2012.

For details see: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/ba-media-arts/lighthouse

Unity led a series of projects at Plymouth College of Art and Design (PCAD, 2003-06) to improve the learning experience and maximise the level of attainment and progression by BME students, and to promote cultural diversity and establish partnerships with BME organisations in the city; funded by three Ethnic Minority Student Achievement Grant (EMSAG) awards and other grant awards from The Learning and Skills Council. In addition to the programmes of college-wide activities, initiatives included:

·      a residency by Punjabi-British artist Chila Kumari Burman

·      the recording and release of Beyond Words a hip hop/rap album by Jibi/The Loane Ranger; produced by Kristian Sharpe

·      Diversity Day, a collaborative day event at Sherwell Church with the University of Plymouth Students Union (UPSU) during Fair Trade Week, for BME students across Plymouth

·      D-Day: a day event at PCAD, celebrating diversity and multiculturalism; with a 40 foot-long outdoor graffiti wall, film screenings, non-stop music and jewellery-making workshops

Additional information


2009 The Other CO2 Problem clay animation film [DVD] warning of the dangerous impacts of increasing ocean acidification, winner of the 2009 Bill Bryson Prize for Science Communication awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and featured in the speech to parliament given by Linda Gilroy, then MP for Plymouth Sutton, on Energy and Climate Change and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on day 4 of the Queen's Speech Debate (24 November 2009).

A collaboration with Stuart Moore, Ridgeway School, Plymouth, and Dr Carol Turley and Helen Findlay of Plymouth Marine Laboratory; produced by Sundog Media, commissioned by EPOCA (European Project on Ocean Acidification) with support from University College Plymouth St Mark and St John, and National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth. Previewed at the International Scientific Congress on Climate Change, Copenhagen; premiere screening at The Royal Institution of Great Britain (20 March 2009).

Articles by Kelvin Boot: Helping Planet Ocean in Devon Life; The Other CO2 Problem in Planet Earth online, Natural Environment Research Council; and Plymouth school children and 'The Other CO2 Problem' in SeaVision UK; and Kate Herbert's review in the Ecologist (1 September 2009). The film was broadcast as a public service announcement three times a day on Brazilian TV, and "the European Geosciences Union liked it so much they have ordered 10,000 copies for all their members and it will be part of their education web site" (Dr Carol Turley, Plymouth Marine Laboratory).

2009 Hidden Harm mixed media animated film project exploring the adverse effects of parental or carer substance misuse on children and young people, including generational impacts; with young carer workers at The Zone, Plymouth. The Ofsted report on Plymouth City Council praised the work as "a powerful training DVD for professionals reflecting [the] first hand experiences and thoughts" of children and young people (Care Quality Commission, Ofsted 2010: Inspection of safeguarding and looked after children's services).

2008 There 2 Care: The Voice of Young Carers project focused on the experiences of young carers; with young carer workers at The Zone, Plymouth. Winner of the 2009 Media Innovation Award: Collaboration between Business and Young People.

2005 Perfect World digital film created in collaboration with BME young people and music producer Kristian Sharpe focused on ecological vulnerabilities caused by human development; commissioned by Bristol Natural History Consortium for the Wild Ideas project; made possible by the Inspire SW programme, jointly funded by the South West Regional Development Agency and the European Union.

Nominated for the ‘Panda in the Pocket’ Award - finalist, Jury's Special Selection, 2006 International Wildscreen Film Festival, Bristol.

2000 The HAZ Channel video project investigated 6 key health and wellbeing issues for the city of Plymouth; with service users, healthcare providers and stakeholders; part of the Plymouth Health Action Zone initiative (HAZ); for South and West Devon Health Authority.

1998 to 2002 Documentary Artists for the Greenlink Environmental Arts Project, a ground-breaking urban regeneration public art project in Mount Wise, Devonport, Plymouth; for Arts Council England, South West Arts, and Plymouth City Council. Work undertaken includes a comprehensive 'creative technologies' programme of photography, video, animation, audio, and web-based skills-sharing workshops; the creation of a comprehensive media-based archive in collaboration with the community of Mount Wise, Greenlink artists and professional contributors; and the writing and production of the Greenlink evaluation report.

Additional projects selected:

2011 Person Centred Planning DVD (producer), commissioned by the Learning Disability Partnership, Plymouth City Council.

2008 Mustn't Grumble (consultancy) Young Advisors DVD, Mount Wise, Plymouth; for Devonport Regeneration Corporation.

2008 Our Coast, Our Sea, OUR PLANET! clay animated film [DVD] about the effects of ocean warming, made with gifted and talented pupils and staff at Ridgeway School, Plymouth; winner of EUR-OCEANS' European Schools Film Contest.

2005 Street Rat animation and live action drama film [DVD] with young people and children in Newton Abbot, Devon; a Sundog Media production for First Light/UK Film Council; nominated for the 2007 First Light Movie Best Screenplay Award, finalist.

2005 Transitions 2-D cut-out animation [DVD] about children's experience of progression from primary to secondary education, and the impact on their lives; with Stoke Damerel Primary School and Stoke Damerel Community College; for Creative Partnerships/Arts Council of England, in association with Barefoot.

2005 C-Sound digital photography and animation [DVD] with four Mount Wise primary schools in Plymouth, with The Barefoot Project, Plymouth Music Zone and Seymour House; for Creative Partnerships/Arts Council of England.

2005 News Flash Osiris animation and drama film [DVD] with children at Glen Park Primary School in Plymouth; for Creative Partnerships/Arts Council of England, in association with with Barefoot.

2004 It Don’t Matter if You’re Black or White video documentation of BME young people's music and dance event at Plymouth Guildhall 20 June 2004; for Fata He BME Development, Plymouth Community Cohesion Facilitation Programme.

2004 The Dragons of Barnstaple Bay animation and documentary video [DVD]; Newport Community Primary School, Barnstaple, north Devon.

2003 Rock Nose Project the creation of a digital photography and video archive for the coastal villages of Downderry and Seaton in Deviock Parish, south east Cornwall.

2003 Countdown practice-as-research project exploring the visualisation of mathematics, using animation as an educational tool for enabling the understanding of mathematical concepts, with dyslexic students at KEVICC (King Edward VI Community College) Totnes, Devon.

2003 Look Forward Not Back clay animation film with deaf young people in Plymouth [DVD]; in association with Barefoot. Premiere at Plymouth Arts Centre; screened at the Co-op Young Filmmakers' Festival.

2002 Mix in the Sticks 16mm direct animation and stop-motion film with young people, about their take on life in rural Somerset [DVD]; for First Light/FilmCouncil, with Cinema Obscura.

2002 Let's Play information video about the range of playcare opportunities for children of all abilities, made in collaboration with children, carers, and play-workers; for All Children First, Plymouth City Council.

2002 Video Box a media-based research project, gathering data (first person testimonials to inform policy-making); for the Devonport Regeneration Company Conference, Plymouth.

2001 Countdown animated film trailer for The Barn Cinema Dartington, with gifted students at KEVICC (King Edward VI Community College) Totnes, Devon.

2001 Air Fusion video documentary project with young people, Newton Abbot, Devon, for Digital Express/Villages in Action.

2001 Video Box a media-based research project, gathering data (first person testimonials to inform policy-making) for the New Deal for Communities conference in Devonport, Plymouth.

2000 Respect video documentary of the annual multi-cultural Plymouth Respect Festival [DVD]; for Plymouth and District Racial Equality Council (REC).

2000 You Are Here site-specific poetry and 2-D cut-out animation production with children at Dolton primary school [DVD] about the Tarka Trail cycle path in north Devon; for International Poetry Day at the South Bank Centre, London.

1999 Plan for Action video documentary made in collaboration with residents of MountWise, Plymouth about the regeneration of their neighbourhood and sustainable community development [VHS]; a Sundog Media production for Plymouth City Council and the Shell Better Britain Campaign.

1995 Queens 16mm direct animation film with poet John Agard and children at Heathbrook school Clapham [VHS]; for National Poetry Day, Royal Festival Hall London. Children's Collection, Poetry Library, South Bank Centre.


1992 Safe not Sound short film drama (silent) with deaf young people at Eggbuckland Community College, Plymouth [VHS]; for the Safe and Sound project, British Film Institute.

1990 Fairy Stories three short 2-D and 3D animated films on the theme of representations of women [U-Matic], with children at Chew Valley Community College; for Watershed Media Centre, Bristol.

1988 Hanging Around 16mm film animations with young people in Ashburton, Devon [U-Matic]; Exeter Film Workshop for the Arts Council and British Film Institute Video Animateur Project, led by Chris Rushton.

1986 Out of Space artist’s residency with Dave Johnstone; Exeter Film Workshop and Plymouth Arts Centre,16mm film animation with disadvantaged young people from the waterfront area of Plymouth; supported by Television South West (TSW).

ANIMATION and DESIGN selected:

2009 Lonely: That's How We Feel 2-D cut outs and clay animation about the experiences of children and young people affected by the use of alcohol and drugs in their family [animated graphics, characters; props and backgrounds animated in a range of scenes]; for Plymouth City Council.

2008 There 2 Care: The Voice of Young Carers 2-D clay animation and cut-outs about the experiences of young children and young people who care for members of their family [animated title sequence and graphics; characters, props and backgrounds animated in a range of scenes]; for Plymouth City Council.

2005 Right from the Start 2-D clay animation on coloured sugar paper, for Department of Education healthy living information video for parents of pre-school children; created in collaboration with children at Denbury Primary School, Devon [animated title sequence and graphics; characters and props animated in a range of scenes].


2004 Get the Buzz 2-D clay animation for documentation of summer animation workshop programme for disadvantaged children and young people in Torbay, Devon [animated title sequence and graphics]; for the European-funded Torbay Council project .

2004 What on Earth 2-D hand-drawn pencil with digital colouring) for multiple broadcast family entertainment daytime and evening environmental focused television series to encourage people to be more sustainable and do their bit for the planet, presented by Chris Hines (Surfers Against Sewage) and Melinda Messenger; ITV Carlton Westcountry and HTV [animated titles and graphics, and screen inserts for live action scenes] 3 x 30mins, 5 x news features, 5 x features shorts. Winner of Best Documentary at World Festival, Houston, USA.

2002 Animated Exeter: Schools Week 2-D cut-out, brush and ink with crayon animation on coloured sugar paper, based on the winning submission for the Animated Exeter children's storyboard competition; cinema programme ident for Animated Exeter cinema programmes; for Animated Exeter/Exeter City Council.

2001 Mutley Plain Regeneration Initiative 2-D digital graphics for the public art and environmental improvement programme site designed by the project web artist Stuart Moore; for Plymouth SRB Partnership and Arts Council England [interactive map and icons]. 

1999 Interior Décor training CD-ROM for professional painters and decorators 2-D hand-drawn brush and ink with digital colouring, for the Adapt through RATIO project led by Plymouth College of Art and Design, funded by the European Union [character design and animated scenes to illustrate the correct way to clean a paintbrush (Mr Brush), and Health andSafety (Painter Man)].

1998 Cadle’s Quest (2-D hand-drawn rotoscoping, brush and ink with Magic Marker hand colouring) for weekday evening television history series presented by Jerry Cadle; a Thirdman productionfor ITV Westcountry [animated title sequence with bluescreen/chroma-key intro to programme start].

1998 That Sunday Feeling 2-D hand-drawn brush and ink with watercolour washes for Sunday evening family entertainment television series; ITV Westcountry [animated title and credits sequences, graphics, illustrations, and end of part one and beginning of part two animations].

1997 Sing Out 2-D hand-drawn brush and ink and watercolour for Sunday evening choral musictelevision series; HTV West [animated title sequence].

1996 Floyd on Africa 2-D hand-drawn brush and ink and frottage colouring for cookery television series presented by chef Keith Floyd, weekday evening; a Denham production for BBC2 [animated title sequence, maps and graphics] 7 x 30mins.

1993 Birthday People 2-D hand-drawn brush and ink and Karismacolor crayon colouring for children’s television series; ITV Westcountry [animated title and credits sequences, artwork for live action presenters' studio backdrop, and x 2 promotional postcards].

1991 Tongue & Groove 2-D hand-drawn and 16mm direct animation on archive footage for ground-breaking Friday night youth magazine television series, directed and produced by Julian Col; Television South West (TSW) [animated title sequence].


1991 Skillnet Southwest: A Networking Approach to Film, Video and TV Training research report by Penny Florence commissioned by the BFI and South West Arts [publication design; graphic design and illustrations, and Skillnet SW logo design and artwork].

1988-1990 Out of the Box 2-D hand-drawn, brush and ink with oil pastel colouring; and set of painted Russian dolls for weekday evening arts television series 1 and 2, directed and produced by Kevin Crookes; Television South West (TSW) [animated title sequence and additional artwork]

ARTIST WORKSHOPS selected, inc continuing professional development (CPD) training events

2015 Scratching the Surface 16mm film workshop day for artists; for Sweet FA: A Journey Through Artists’ Film initiative between Plymouth Arts Centre, MIA and Sundog Media; at Studio One, Plymouth Arts Centre. 16 May 2015

2014 Framing the Valley 16mm film-making workshop for artists in Cornwall, at Calstock Arts; for the River Tamar Project's It's All About the River film festival; supported by ICCI at Plymouth University, and Creative Skills. 13 September 2014

2014 Film Time digital film-making workshop day for artists; for Sweet FA: A Journey Through Artists’ Film initiative between Plymouth Arts Centre, MIA and Sundog Media; at Studio One, Plymouth Arts Centre. 12 July 2014

2013 Scratch That! 16mm film-making workshop day for artists; for Sweet FA: A Journey Through Artists’ Film initiative between Plymouth Arts Centre, MIA and Sundog Media; at Studio One, Plymouth Arts Centre. 9 November 2013

2009 Drawn to be Wild II. Artist's workshop for families with children aged 5 - 9 years. Drawing and animation on the theme of evolution, Plymouth Arts Centre. Part of The Animal Gaze exhibition programme for Darwin200, celebrating Charles Darwin and 'On the Origin of Species'. 28 March 2009

2009 Drawn to be Wild. Artist’s workshop for families with younger children; experimental drawing and animation. Plymouth Arts Centre. Part of The Animal Gaze exhibition programme for Darwin200, celebrating Charles Darwin and ‘On the Origin of Species’. 21 February 2009

2008 Crossing the Line experimental drawing and animation workshop for families, part of The Big Draw national programme, Plymouth Arts Centre (for Tom Dale exhibition). 25 October 2008

2008 Disruptive Behaviour experimental drawing and animation workshop for artists, part of The Big Draw national programme, Plymouth Arts Centre (for Tom Dale exhibition). 18 October 2008

2008 Light Moves artist’s animation drawing workshops for families, (zoëtrope, pixillation, and hand-drawn), Plymouth Arts Centre (for Estrategia exhibition). 29 May 2008

2007 Move It! Move It! artist’s talk: intuitive intervention in sequential photographic film imagery, and workshop: experimental animated drawing for artists, part of The Big Draw national programme, Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth College of Art and Design. 2 November 2007

2007 Animation Art day exploring physical (16mm and 35mm film) and digital image-making for Foundation Studies students, Bridgwater College, Somerset. May 2007

2007 Optical Organic animation and film master class in physical and digital image-making for artists and creative practitioners at the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (CCANW), Haldon Forest, Exeter. February 2007

2005 The Physical Image digital and 16mm direct animation workshops for educators and post-graduate art students at Plymouth College of Art and Design; for Creative Steps, University College Falmouth. 7 July 2005

2005 Green Space Blue Sky: Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker (Sundog Media) worked in collaboration with Nicholas Grew (Plymouth Music Zone), using stop-motion digital photography and animation to create a moving image artwork that explored sense of place; an event for educators and post-graduate artists on location at Port Elliot St Germans, Kernow; for Creative Partnerships/Arts CouncilEngland in association with the Eden Project. May 2005

2004-05 Get Animated! workshops at the Animated Exeter festival, at Dartington, Devon; for Dartington Arts with Exeter City Council.

2004 Get Animated! workshops for children and teachers from Devon and Cornwall,at Screen 2004, held at TR2, Theatre Royal Plymouth; for Plymouth Media Partnership (PM-P) and Creative Partnerships/Arts Council. December 2004

2004 Get Animated! INSET animation training for Plymouth secondary teachers and educators, at Stoke Damerel Primary School, Plymouth; for Creative Partnerships/Arts Council. October 2004

2003-04 Get Animated! programme of summer workshops for disadvantaged young people; for EU-funded Get the Buzz programme, Torbay Council, Devon.

2003 Get Animated! advanced practice workshop for 6th form art students, and INSET video animation training for Devon teachers, Paignton Community College; for Devon Arts in Schools Initiative (DAISI).

2002-03 Get Animated! workshop programme for children in rural Devon, for Digital Express/Villages in Action (Okehampton, Holne, Dartington, and Widewell).

2000-03 Get Animated! workshops at Animated Exeter festival for Exeter City Council.

2000 Super Bugs and Scary Monsters animation workshops for children, Dartington Arts, Devon, for the British Film Institute Drawn to be Wild programme. 


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