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Mark Manning

Senior Lecturer
Illustration with Animation

Mack Manning - Jones
M.A (Royal College of Art)
Senior Lecturer : Faculty of Arts and Humanities

I have accumulated 25 years of teaching experience since my first post at Cambridge - and yet each new academic year I am always rejuvenated by the enthusiasm and receptivity of our students - whom after all, sustain the Art school experience.

I find fresh perspectives to teaching from my own ongoing visual research and professional practice

I studied Fine Art BA Printmaking and Drawing for my first Degree at Maidstone college of Art - then awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art. On graduation I was employed by the RCA for a further two years.

I specialised in Illustration & Ecology - a unique Masters course in Natural History within the Visual Communication School exploring environmental awareness through Visual Language, Drawing, Printmaking, Lens based Media and Creative Writing, with research links with the Natural History Museum and The V&A among many others.

I stayed in London for 10 years and worked for a host of Professional clients whilst also teaching at Cambridge and Derby as 0.5 SL

I now work within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester.

My speciality is Drawing - and the wider Material Cultural and Philosophical contexts of Visual Language.

Teaching is my vocation and has been a weekly source of reciprocal learning for me for twenty five years teaching at Degree and M.A level across Fine Art, Art History, Creative Writing, Graphic Arts and Ecology.

I am an experienced External Examiner at B.A and Masters Level

My own personal background and my Professional experiences have shaped a strong Societal and Humanitarian approach within my work, my teaching and my research.

I exhibit my work annually. This year I curated work 'in aid of' UNICEF, WARCHILD and The British Heart Foundation

My research and teaching focuses primarily on Drawing, Textual and Phenomenological perceptions of place. Driven by Material Culture, Cultural Memory and how the affirmative benefits of Human Creativity can help confront humanitarian, environmental and personal narratives.

Though preferring a low profile my work is recognised Internationally and was purchased for the Permanent '20th Century Print Collection' at the Whitworth Gallery - a great Honour. I was also shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and Young Contemporaries at the ICA

Whitworth Catalogue 20th Century Print Collection
Accession Lot Manning, Mark (purchase, 1991)
Accession number P.22775
Title 'One with Wishes'

I have been commissioned and Published Internationally with Publishers like Random House, Macmillan, Chatto, Secker and Warburg, Hamish Hamilton, Bloodaxe, Penguin and Harper Collins, Bloomsbury, Longmans, Routledge, as a Graphic Artist.
I have worked with award winning Arts and Environmental organisations such as The United Nations, Friends of The Earth and The Green Party.

I run seminars and workshops exploring the Philosophy and Culture of Drawing and the importance of Authorial Practice.

I am privileged to be invited to work nationally and Internationally as an academic curriculum advisor in the role of 'Professional Friend' and External Examiner at many UK and European Art Schools:

I act on validation panel review events for support on the synthesis between studio and contextual learning in curriculum design, 'holistic Assessment', and student 'expectations and student experience'.

This widening educational experience and externality are important to my own Professional awareness- informing my own teaching practice at Manchester and my wider national and International subject knowledge.

Present External Examiner posts

1: AUB Arts University Bournemouth 2015/16 - 2020 External Examiner for
BA Illustration and MA Illustration

2: The Open University BA Fine Art


Recent expired External Examiner Posts

Birmingham City University External Examiner for
BA Fine Art & Design 2012 -2016- ended July 16

University of the Arts London UAL,

Chelsea College of Art:
External Examiner for BA Graphic Design: Dissertation Reader 2014 -15

Camberwell School of Art : Peckham Rd
BA Illustration Programme
All studio Modules and & Dissertations 2011 -15 extended - now fulfilled 2015

Coventry University ; External Examiner for
BA Art & Design 2+1 2013 - 2016

Accademia Italia; Rome & Florence: External Examiner for
BA Art & Design 2014 - 15

UWE Bristol : External Examiner for Graphic Design

University of Salford MA Graphic Arts


Recent Validations events as a Panel Expert / Reader' 2007 - 15:

Supporting on Assessment - Teaching & Learning - Module and Curricula Design, Research methodologies, Pedagogy. Student Experiences and Expectations

* UAL University of the Arts London, Chelsea MA Graphics panel expert 2008
* UAL Camberwell College for BA and MA Illustration panel expert 2011,
* Cambridge Anglia Ruskin School of Art, Panel Expert 201
* Birmingham BCU , MA Art & Design Bourneville Panel Expert/reader 2013
* University of Plymouth, Faculty Reviews 2008 and 2014 panel expert/reader
* Athens (Cambridge Anglia Ruskin) BA Graphics and Interiors Panel expert 2008
* The Open University - Hull Arts University BA Textiles Panel expert/reader 2013
* University of Plymouth BA Illustration Panel expert/reader 2015

I worked for ten years in Central London for many clients BBC, The United Nations, The Sunday Times )- whilst also travelling weekly to teach at:

Cambridge Anglia Ruskin School of Art : 0.4 Lecturer
BA Illustration and BA Fine Art Printmaking from 1992 - 1995

Glasgow School of Art Associate Lecturer BA Illustration

University of Derby Senior Lecturer 0.5 BA Visual Communication

In London my Professional Clients and employment history includes.
Friends of the Earth, Penguin Books, The BBC, United Nations, The Observer
The New Scientist. The Times, The Sunday Times, Pan Macmillan, Random House, Minerva, Chatto & Windus, Secker and Warburg, Hamish Hamilton, Bloodaxe, The Labour Party. The Green Party, Wolf Olins, Fitch RS Design, Conran Design and many more

Programme Leadership
I have worked at MMU since 2008. I was Programme Director for BA Creative Practice from 2012 - 2015. I was previously Programme Leader for BA Illustration and Graphic Digital Media Communication / Animation (GMC) at Bradford @Leeds Metropolitan University

Most Recent Creative Projects

what is matter ? what is THE matter ? what matters ?
Work In aid of UNICEF & WARCHILD
Matlock UK, In the Flow Gallery: May 2015/16 touring work

House of Illustration: and Hay Festival Hay-on-Wye,
May 2015/16 Touring Group show Kings Cross London
'Pushing the envelope' 2015 curated by Neil Hadfield



(A) Cafe Royal Books: Repro Show.

November 24th–December 16th 2016. Details of Artists in Repro: https://www. Details…

(A) Drawing Interview ( for June Drawing show in aid of UNICEF) June 2016

Question one: Do you try to create imagined worlds in your work ? MM; Well firstly I think Cocteau was right when he said "Asking an artist to talk about his work is like asking a plant to discuss horticulture." Articulating any creative practice in words is never easy and yet we have to discuss it because it is such a deep and fascinating practice. Details…

(A) E: 1944 The Ardennes 44 series ongoing 1986 to 2018

(A) 44 The Ardennes 44 series ongoing 1986 to 2018 Outcome Format: Visual Document : Portfolio of Prints / Pamphlet / Book / Zine Status Current – ongoing – towards 2018 50 drawings Prints and 40 Cantos. A 20th century Saga Thresholds and the unconscious Inter-dimensional & topographical. Details…

(A) FIELD Matter: 'Whats the Matter

FIELD: Matter ? Whats the Matter - (nonluminous, nonbaryonic components) 2016- 2021 The work may have an involvement with the past - yet the work is born out of knowledge and feeling gained in the present - therefore it is a recording of the present moment and not an echo. Collage and Mixed Media, Duets Drawn Textual Poetics Dark Matter and perceived collisions. Details…

(A) Gatherer (Hunter) - Time & Being 2007 - 2016 - 2019 An Exhibition of Prints, Drawings and Cantos

Visualising our Human-Nature relationship. 'The wound is peopled' ( Harold Pinter ) (Raising funding and in aid of UNICEF) . Details…

(A) Kathode Komik – exhibition November 2015 /17

Kathode Tube / ‘Komik & Kathode’– Illustration exhibition November 15 -16 Co- ordinated and Curated by MM A homage to early to mid 20th century popular culture (Television, Text, Childrens Books, Film, Comics and ) the phenomena of these primary influences on the exhibitors early child memory – colour palette and drawings. A Collaboration between UK Illustration and Art departments and academics, alumni and guests - embracing the QAA 'spirit of reciprocity' and collegiality. Details…

(A) Proust's irremediable solitude 2016- 2018

Texts / Key Reading: Lacan / Derrida /Larkin. Outcome – textual and visual artefacts for display and archive Status Current – 2016 ongoing – towards 2022 This body of Creative Practice is all specific to unique topographies and site specific cultural markers Primary focus for this project - Drawing and Mixed Media - Humanities and Ontology - visualising familial and wider companionship - bond - commitment. Details…

(A) The Hay festival' Pushing the envelope' 2015 -16 curated by Neil Hadfield

Celebrating the Penny Black - Royal Mail http://www.houseofillustration. Details…

(A) X Bundle of His’ 2016 -20

‘Bundle of His’ From The Heart - By Heart The Heart is more than just an electrical system – a visual research project for fundraising and awareness of Heart Matters – in aid of The British Heart Foundation and further afield. Apoptosis (from Ancient Greek "falling off" is a process of programmed cell death that occurs in multicellular organisms. Details…

(A) X Circadian Rhythms 2014 -2017

A short body of Creative Writing, Spoken Word and Visual language collated into a variety of artefacts - personal interpretations - fictional and factual perceptions that explore the ethereal thresholds of 'Normality' - Perception and what constitutes Rural Legends and the Mythic - Mythology. The irrational sequels 'Ploughing' and 'Tales from Gable and Garret' (beyond Bachelard) go digging through the top soil of 'rational' or 'Pastoral Concepts' of 'Home'. Details…

(A) X Falmouth School of Art ; MA & BA Guest Lecture Authorial Practice MA

Text from Falmouth University press release EVENT DETAILS THE FALMOUTH SCHOOL OF ART LECTURES: MACK MANNING Mack Manning is an artist working across a range of media including drawing, painting, photography, and creative writing. With a first degree in Fine Art he studied Design at the Royal College of Art, specialising in ecological drawing, print and poster design. Details…

(A) X Rotovision Handmade BOOK ISBN-13: 978-2888930778

My Visual work and an article feature on my work is featured in this book from Rotovision Details…

(B) 2012: The Magic Theatre, MMU Holden Gallery, Feb 2012 in conjunction with the Illustration two day Research conference at Manchester Met’ Curated by M.Manning

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(B) Landscape & Memory 2009 UWE Bristol Gallery ( University of West England ), Feb 2009. Curated by M.Manning

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(B) X Student Expectations Research Paper for The Art Design Media Centre BRIGHTON Research Paper

Academic research PAPER for Alison Crowe at the ADM research Centre in Brighton. Co authored with J. Details…

(B) X The Magic Theatre NORWICH School of Art NUCA, Norwich NUCA Gallery, 2011/12.

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A: Teaching Project * I N K L I N G: FICTION - Mapping & Graphic Imagination

Create a single sheet A1 'VISUAL DOCUMENT that is an experimental A1 Visual and Textual Bibliography - a visual LIST and a Typographic document of the writers and literature you have used so far - including examples of your own 'Cut up technique writing task. Also include extracts of any evaluative text or even just evaluative sentences ? - reflections on your process or reflective 'Feelings' of the work made so far - Experiment with drawn and 'organic' shapes. Details…

A: Teaching Project : Duets ; Optics Hybrid Project

Duets ; Level 5 Optics Project Juxtaposition image / context / Hybrid / Duet You are asked to create new hybrid images Using two juxtaposing images, one of which should be a photograph of your own ( modern / current ) and the second image should be an 'old' found image - ( or a photo taken by you of an 'old' found image ) this older found image MUST be a minimum of 25 years old consider forming a relationship between both images and why ?. Details…

A: Teaching Project: Creative Writing (Harmony & Friction)

Yr 2 Workshops in text and Image Juxtaposition view LOG here http://designworkshops.blogspot. Details…

Cafe Royal Books: Repro Show.

November 24th–December 16th 2016. Details and Artists https://www. Details…

Research / Teaching and Learning Interests

I have many years of experience within H.E 'Teaching TEAMS - and of writing curriculum design within Arts education. Details…

X Under the Loadstar 2012/13

A series of texts and Image - drawing and short Films - Prose - biographical / Collective narratives - audio and sound . Details…


Mark Manning is a member of the Design Research Group.

A selection of recent research outputs.


Manning, M., 2016. In aid of UNICEF - Drawings and Prints, Etienne Gallery, July and September 2016.

Manning, M., 2015. Royal Mail 175 years anniversary - Pushing the envelope, Hereford College of Arts College Road Campus, Hereford, HR1 1EB 17th April - 1st May 2015 Open: Monday to Friday 9.30am -4.30pm Private View: Thursday 30th April, 7pm House of Illustration 2, Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH 6th May - 16th, May and June 2015.

Manning, M., 2012. The Magic Theatre, MMU Holden Gallery, Feb 2012.

Manning, M., 2012. The Magic Theatre NORWICH School of Art NUCA, Norwich NUCA Gallery, 2011/12.

Manning, M., 2007. Landscape & Memory, UWE Bristol Gallery ( University of West England ), Feb 2009.


Manning, M., 2012. 'Stone Lithography, Prose and Artifacts series " THE GUNNERS DREAM "', Stone Lithography Print set and Creative Prose and Animation, Margaret St Art School, Birmingham City University, 2012/13.

Time and Being 2007

Manning, M., 2009. 'Time & Being Exhibtion Cabinet', A Magic Cabinet of Artists Books and Artefacts, UWE Bristol Gallery ( University of West England ), Feb 2009.


Manning, M., 2015. ''Sun Bear'', Lanugo Press:.

Manning, M., 2012. ''LANUGO FUR' Poetry Selected Works 2102 M.Manning', Lanugo Press.

Internet Publications

Manning, M., 2012. 'Into the Lap of the Land', Log Journal, on main site also.

Journal Articles

Manning, M., 2010. 'The Art of David Newton MA (RCA )', Catalogue, one, 2.