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Mark Manning

Senior Lecturer
Illustration with Animation

M.Manning M.A(RCA)
Senior Lecturer
Faculty member : Arts and Humanities
Manchester Metropolitan University

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

My own background and professional roles have shaped a strong Societal and Humanitarian focus within my teaching content and delivery.

I teach BA Illustration and support MA programmes also as tutor and as an External Examiner. My specialist areas of interest are interdisciplinary - and the wider philosophical and intuitive contexts of the subject.

My interests are Drawing, Film, Myth, Literature, Music, Poetics and Philosophy - all within a visual, contextual and historical / educational framework - as well as Popular Culture.

Teaching and Education have always been in my DNA and a source of reciprocal enjoyment and deep learning for me - working across Education since the age of 24

I studied at KIAD University (Maidstone College of Art) for a BA in Fine Art Printmaking & Lithography - and was then awarded a full scholarship and bursary to study for my Masters in Illustration. This was a specialist experience in Ecological Visual Communication / Natural History Illustration and Painting at the Royal College of Art, Kensington SW7. I was on Campus there for 4 years. 1988 -91/2

I formally studied a two year full time 5 days a week Masters - not like today.
I then worked within a research context for a further two years at Kensington Mews

My M.A focus was rooted in Visual Communication / Drawing / Print and design and raising awareness for Ecological, Humanitarian and Political issues which led to me working for the United Nations for several projects - via Anita & Gordan Roddick

Upon graduation I was employed by the RCA for a further two years in visual research - running and testing new Print technology with canon UK and Canon Japan

I worked Professionally in London for ten years with many clients, among them ; Penguin books, Friends of the Earth, The Observer, The Times, New Scientist, BBC Worldwide and The United Nations - all among many more respected clients.

I still exhibit regularily and recently curated work 'in aid of' UNICEF and recently set up shows to raise support for The British Heart Foundation.

My academic research and teaching focuses on Visual & Phenomenological interpretation - humanitarian, societal, personal and historical narratives.

Empathy, based on experiential knowledge is the key to understanding and supporting others. I deliver seminars and drawing workshops across all three years of the Degree programmes and work on Masters programmes in various supportive capacities.

I stress the importance for students of developing a deeper and maturing self awareness, through risk taking, discovery, innovation - slowly seeking a personal voice, idiosyncrasy- and criticality. Emphasised over a purely tools, technical processes / software technology and surface aesthetics.

Though preferring a low profile my work has been recognised Internationally - short listed for prizes and awards over the years - including the RCA M.A Design Departmental School Prize, The Jerwood drawing prize and 'Young Contemporaries' at the ICA and 'The South Bank Open Painting Prizes'

My Print work was purchased for the Permanent '20th Century Print Collection' at the Whitworth Gallery - (a great Honour for me - hailing from the North as I do).

Whitworth Catalogue 20th Century Print Collection
Accession Lot: Manning, Mark (purchased)
Accession number P.22775

Title 'One with Wishes' a series of works on Mill towns, love and loss and northern ecologies

(My essays and Prose were also tied into this large project)

Academic External Examiner Posts and Periodic / Validation Panels

I am an experienced External Examiner at B.A and Masters Level in Design, Drawing, Illustration, moving image, essays, and also for BA Fine Art Painting & Print.

I have written articles in support of Arts Education for the Independent newspaper and other journals. 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 UK and European Universities:

I act on validation panel review events for support on synergy between studio and contextual learning in curriculum design, I advise on 'holistic Assessment', on 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.

Externailty / Examining ; Academic Support / Exam Board Committee member

CURRENT TENURE : External Examiner

*University of Lincoln 2020/21 - 2024/25

Previous External Advisor Posts Held :

AUB : BA (Hons) Drawing/ Illustration / Print: Arts University Bournemouth 2016 - 2019

AUB : MA Drawing / Illustration / Print : Arts University Bournemouth 2016 - 2019

The Open University FDA/BA FINE ART ended 2018

Coventry University - External for FE/HE colleges - 2013 - 2018 5 years - Post fulfilled

External Reader / Expert for Validation of new MASTERS for Illustration Drawing & Printmaking : Plymouth University 2018

* Birmingham City University BA Art & Design - Interdisciplinary 2012 -2016- ended July 2016

Camberwell School of Art : Peckham BA Illustration - Interdisciplinary
University of the Arts London : Programme Leader Darryl Clifton
BA Illustration / Drawing. / An Exceptional Eclectic Interdisciplinary programme for all studio Modules and & Dissertations)
2011 -15 extended - now fulfilled 2015 4 years

* Chelsea College of Art: Pimlico
University of the Arts London
External Examiner Dissertation Reader for Graphic Arts 2014 -15

* Accademia Italia; Rome & Florence:
External Examiner Arts 2014 - 16 Graphic Arts BA

* UWE Bristol : External Examiner for BA Graphic Design ; 2006 -2010
4 years ; fulfiiled

* Salford University MA Graphic Arts 2010 - 11 le


* Salford University Panel Validations events as a Panel Expert / Reader' 2007

Further Reader / panel external expert for validations, reviews, new BA & MA programmes

* 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 FINE ART & Design Interdisciplinary Bourneville Panel

Panel Expert/reader 2013

* University of Plymouth, Full Faculty Reviews 2008 and 2014 panel expert/reader

* Cambridge - Athens (Cambridge Anglia Ruskin) BA Graphic Arts and Interiors Panel expert 2008

* The Open University - Hull Arts University BA Panel expert/reader 2013

* University of Plymouth BA Illustration Panel expert/reader 2015


Programme leader roles x 2 ( duration 3 to 4 yrs each tenure )
Stepped down to concentrate on teaching delivery to learners.

Prior to this I taught at Cambridge Ruskin, Bradford/Leeds Metropolitan, and
Glasgow School of Art.

Professional Clients and London 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 other good Clients


(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: Do you try to create imagined worlds in your work ? 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. I honestly find it much easier to talk about other peoples work and discuss my students work than my own output. Details…

(A) E: 1944 The Ardennes 44 series ongoing

(A) 44 The Ardennes 44 series ongoing 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) 2012 - 2019 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

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

(A) Old Telemachus - a sweet & sour suite

'Telemachus' Visual and Audio Topographic documents. Navigating inner and outer spaces of exterior and Interior. 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 'Bloom from Trauma' Stockhausen esque roots and bonds to place etc ' This body of Creative Practice is all specific to unique specific topographies and site specific cultural markers but is universal to the child and human condition Primary focus for this project - Drawing and Mixed Media - Humanities and Ontology - visualising familial and wider companionship - bond - commitment - love of people - the lost - the missing - the ghost & place as a conduit. Details…

(A) X Circadian Rhythms 2007

2007; Creative Writing, Spoken Word, Video and Visual language collated into a variety of artefacts - personal interpretations - fictional and factual perceptions that explored thresholds - seasonal states - physiology - concepts of normality - imagination and creativity - anamnesis - neurodiversity - societal and individual wellness and wellbeing. 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

Falmouth University press release EVENT DETAILS ; Cost: Visit for pricing. 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, Curated by M.Manning Feb 2012 in conjunction with Research conference at Manchester Curated by Des McCannon . Details…

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

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(B) X 2005 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…

A Bundle of His’ 2016 -19

‘Bundle of His’ From The Heart - By Heart (A) Bundle of His’ 2016 -19 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 Apoptosis (from Ancient Greek "falling off" is a process of programmed cell death that occurs in multicellular organisms. Biochemical events lead to characteristic cell changes (morphology) and death. 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 - field recordings - imitation - costume - nursery rhyme - even humour . Details…



in aid of UNICEF visual research outcomes on empathy trust and migrations

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.