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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. Eleanor joined the Manchester School of Art in 2015, to focus on the delivery of animation / moving image, and has been teaching in Higher Education for fifteen years.

As a graduate of the School of Art, Eleanor is committed to the delivery, development and supervision of diverse forms of animation, encouraging the personal and individual interests students bring with them to the BA, crossing art and design contexts.

From 2002, Eleanor worked collaboratively with artists and designers, producing a range of animation and illustration work for cinema and TV for several years. She then began working in installation and with expanded film practices for exhibition and theatre, (including puppet theatre), to explore the tactile and three-dimensional potential of these environments.

Eleanorís practice now focuses on sculptural pieces and set-making at miniature scale, constructing pieces from a range of materials, including ceramic, scrap and found objects. Mythologies of certainty and progress are core themes running through this work. Eleanorís practice draws further inspiration from pre-cinematic roots of animation, folklore narrative and folkloric practices. Eleanor enjoys running making and material workshops, using clay as a primary medium.

Eleanor Mulhearn is a member of the Society of Animation Studies and the School of Art Design Research Group and is currently External Examiner for BA(Hons)Illustration, University of Worcester.

Projects

1. The House of Opposites: 2020/1

Images from the first House artists' group exhibition, entitled, The House of Opposites. The work draws inspiration from artist Leonora Carringtonís painting, The House Opposite (1945), and from collective memories of childhood and the childhood dollhouse. Details…

2. Enchanted Environments: 2020

Exhibition of ceramic works shown at the Art House Gallery, Worcester, in connection with the Enchanted Environments Conference 2020. A ceramic sprig-mould workshop: 'Enchanted Objects': was delivered: resulting work has been pandemic delayed, but is near completion. Details…

3. Made in Translation: Bessie and her Babies: 2017

Group residency at the historic Portico Library and Gallery, Manchester City centre. Individual and collaborative works were made in response to works of non-fiction, selected from the Portico Library collection. Details…

4a. Grimmís Feast: 2016/7

An installation of miniatures in peephole environments, commissioned to accompany Arts Council Funded production, Grimmís Fairy tale adaptation, directed by Proper Job Theatre and written by Ian McMillan, touring 2015/6. The work explores the focused presence of the puppet without animation, drawing also on tropes of pre- / early filmic presentation, through specific apertures and angles of vision. Details…

4b. Atopia Project (vol. 1) / Miniature Worlds Castlefield Gallery: 2016/7

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

5a. Fewer Emergencies: 2016

A series of projections made for an experimental production of Martin Crimpís play, produced and directed by Chloe Beale (Proper Job Theatre), touring 2016. Using hand-held miniature projectors. Details…

5b. Moomins: 2016

Animation for the Horse and Bamboo Puppet Theatre / Bath Theatre Company Production - the first UK puppet theatre production of the Moomins at Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, showing Dec 2015- Jan 2016, working with the Moomin Foundation on artwork representation.. Details…

6. Hansel and Gretel: 2015/6

A series of animations / moving image projections for the Horse and Bamboo Theatre production, touring Northern UK theatres in 2015/6. The animation uses diverse forms, including stop-motion, hand-drawn animation, rotoscope, pixillation of actors in mask, re-composited into film, model and live action. Details…

6a. The Bird Song Speaks: 2015

A series of miniatures, produced from found scrap materials and developed from miniature sculptures, each discarded by their previous owner and donated to charity shops, sold through e-bay or flea markets. These displaced ornaments which had become unwanted, here find new imaginings, re-told through junk materials. Details…

7. The Fielden Project: 2014

Todmorden Unitarian Church / United Chapel Trust, Artistsí collaborative group exhibition and artistsí talks. Eight artists from the Calder Valley worked in response to this landmark site in the valley town, producing a range of diverse works, from sound, photography, writing, sculpture, drawing to sound and performance. Details…

8. Sketchbook and Workbench - experimental practice

A collection of images from studio: workbench and sketchbook.. Details…

Research

Eleanor Mulhearn is a member of the Design Research Hub.