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Eleanor Mulhearn

Senior Lecturer
Illustration with Animation

Eleanor Mulhearn is a practicing artist / animator and Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation programme. During the last ten years and before joining the School of Art in 2015 to focus on the delivery of animation / moving image, Eleanor taught on a number of BA Illustration programmes in the North of England and in European exchange programmes.

Eleanor brings broad industry experience to the programme - and as a graduate of the School of Art, is committed to the development and continued growth, delivery and production of diverse forms of animation as a discipline and artform - enjoying and encouraging, in particular, the personal and individual interests students bring with them to the BA, crossing art and design contexts. Since 2000, Eleanor has worked collaboratively with artists and designers, including Andy Votel, Twisted Nerve, Revolution Films, FourWay Pictures and Central Station (as Central Station Technicolour), producing a range of animation and illustration work for cinema and TV. Following this, Eleanor began producing animation / moving image work and installation for exhibition and theatre production, including puppet theatre, enjoying the tactile and three-dimensional potential of this environment to extend her practice.

Eleanorís practice has become increasingly focused on production of sculptural pieces and set-making in miniature scale, sometimes combining these with projection. The work, constructed largely from scrap materials, emerges from a set of themes associated with mythologies of certainty and progress. Eleanorís practice draws further from rich traditions of folk and fairy tales. These narrative elements interweave with news items and social histories, surrounding historical and contemporary political and social instabilities.

Eleanor Mulhearn is a member of the Design Research Group.

Projects

1. Made in Translation

Arts and Humanities Staff Research Exhibition. A series of collaborative responses to the Portico Library collection (School of Art and the School of Writing), led by Alice Kettle, April 2017-June 2017 The Forest, the Clearing, the Thing, is a collaborative project made with Des McCannon and our contribution to Made in Translation. Details…

2. Atopia Project (vol. 1) / Miniature Worlds Castlefield Gallery

The Atopia Project (vol.1) First of a series of works made with Steven Gartside. Details…

3. Fewer Emergencies

projections for Martin Crimpís play, the actors using a direct form of hand-held projection as Ďstage propí, produced and directed by Chloe Beale (Proper Job Theatre), for PhD practice-based research production, touring 2016. Details…

4. Grimmís Feast

installation of miniatures in peephole environments, commissioned to accompany Grimmís Fairy tale adaptation, directed by Proper Job Theatre and written by Ian McMillan, touring 2015/6 . Details…

5. Moomins

Animation for the Horse and Bamboo Puppet Theatre / Bath Theatre Company Production, at Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, showing Dec 2015- Jan 2016. Details…

6. Hansel and Gretel

animation / moving image projections for the Horse and Bamboo Theatre production, touring 2015. Details…

7. The Fielden Project

Todmorden Unitarian Church / United Chapel Trust, Artistsí collaborative group exhibition / artistsí talks. An exhibition of small three-dimensional pieces made from paper and water in response to the history of the building, its industrial heritage, the personal narratives of child cotton mill workers and John Fielden (10 Hours Factory Act). Details…