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Mark Manning MA(RCA)

Senior Lecturer
Illustration with Animation

Senior Lecturer M.A Royal College Of Art - Kensington Gore 1990
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 Art schools atmosphere.

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

External Examining and Panel Reader

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.

2022/3 Periodic Review Reader

1. University of Brighton : BA Illustration ; Hastings 2022/3

CURRENT TENURE : External Examiner positions active

University of Lincoln BA(Hons) Illustration 2020/21 - 24

Newcastle BA(Hons) Illustration 2023 - 27

University of Hull BA (Hons) Applied Arts 2023/4 - 27

Previous External Advisor Posts Held :

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

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

The Open University FDA/BA FINE ART Craven College, Skipton 2014 -18

Coventry University - External for FE/HE colleges - 2013 - 2018

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

Birmingham City University BA Art & Design - Interdisciplinary 2012 -2016

UAL CAMBERWELLl School of Art : Peckham BA Illustration - Interdisciplinary
University of the Arts London : Programme Leader Darryl Clifton

BA Illustration / Drawing. / An Exceptional Eclectic Interdisciplinary programme
EE for all 360 credit studio Modules andDissertations 2011 -2015

UAL 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


READER panel external expert for validations, reviews, new BA & MA programmes

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

* 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 2011

* Birmingham BCU , MA FINE ART & Design Interdisciplinary Bourneville Panel

* 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 yrs each tenure )
Stepped down both times to concentrate on modular teaching delivery to learners.


I teach across B.A Illustration and support several UK based B.A & M.A programmes as an External Advisor.

My specialist interests and expertise are Drawing, Printmaking & Interdisciplinary Arts education with Widening Participation

My curricula content celebrates the Immaterial as much as 'material visual culture'
There is an emphasis on hybrid & conceptual investigation & innovation.
I stress the importance to students of developing 'greater self awareness' through risk taking, discovery, innovation - seeking a personal voice, idiosyncrasy and a keener more discerning criticality - beyond corporate compliance.

As a Postgraduate student and then researcher I was part of a small studio at the RCA with small cohorts of 12
A highly innovative Illustration MA studio culture alongside Quentin Blake, Anne Howeson, Peter Brookes, Dan Fern, John Norris Wood, Shiela Robinson, Klimowski
Workshops & Lectures by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Chris Frayling, Paula Rego, Helen Chadwick, Michael Nyman, Brian Eno, The Quays, Angela Carter and many generous creative people / teachers and gold standard Alumni from the 1950s & 60s who would visit and share their modernist practice with us.

My own M.A practice was rooted in Drawing, Printmaking and Poster design raising awareness for Ecological, Humanitarian and Societal issues. This led to working for The United Nations and Friends of the Earth on several large projects - the UN work in Brazil involved Anita & Gordan Roddick / Bodyshop International Design Studios Oxford Street.

My Publication & large Paintings were shown at the UN conference in Rio and In London, Covent Garden, and Goldsmiths.

I worked Professionally in London for ten years for many clients;

The New Scientist. The Times, The Sunday Times, Friends of the Earth, FITCH RS , Conran Design, Addison Design,The BBC, United Nations, The Observer, Wolf Ollins Design, Penguin Books, Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Random House, Minerva, Chatto & Windus, Secker and Warburg, Hamish Hamilton, The Labour Party. The Green PartyBloodaxe Poetry Books, The RCA Ecology Group,

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

Teaching ideology

I believe that empathy based on experiential knowledge is the key to understanding and supporting creative learners. I deliver seminars and drawing workshops across all three years of the Degree programme where we investigate the physical and immaterial.

Teaching and Education have been a source of deep learning for me - working in Higher Education since the age of 25 at Cambridge Ruskin Arts University - teaching BA Printmaking Fine Art & BA Illustration & BA Graphic Arts

I have been a visiting & Guest lecturer at Falmouth and Glasgow School of Art, Birmingham City University, Solent University, UAL St Martins, Emily Carr Vancouver.

I was awarded a full scholarship and bursary to study for my Masters in Illustration and Visual Communication. A specialist experience involving Ecological / Natural History Illustration and Ecological Design at the Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore SW7.

Further research funding extended my time on Campus in Kensington to a total of 4 years.

Research testing new unreleased Print technology for Canon UK and Canon Japan for Book design, Zines, Prints, Posters - with a resulting innovative group exhibition in Kyoto Japan and London.

*exhibition catalogue 'ORIGINAL COPIES'. see also the Book 'The Art & Craft of Montage' Published by Mitchell Beazley London

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'

Work in National Collections:

My Print work was purchased for the Permanent '20th Century Print Collection' at the Whitworth Gallery - (a great Honor 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 Woollen Mill towns
Text and Prose was threaded into this large 10 year project
'Laburnum Symphony"

I have written articles in support of Arts Education for the Independent newspaper and other journals


My Visual work and an article feature on my work is featured in the book Handmade Graphics (Rotovision)

Author; Anna-Wray
ISBN-10: 2888930773
ISBN-13: 978-2888930778

Art & Craft of Montage
Author Larbelestier
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mitchell Beazley
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1857320999
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1857320992

Elton John B Taupin - 'The Complete Lyrics'
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hyperion Books
Language ‏ : ‎ English
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 078686057X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0786860579


(A) A Kathode Komik Kaper – exhibition November 2015 - 17

Kathode Tube / ‘Komik & Kathode’– Illustration exhibition November 15 -16 Co- ordinated and Curated by M.Manning A homage to early to mid 20th century popular culture (Cathode Rays, Komiks, Television, Text, Childrens Books, Film, Comics and ) the phenomena of these primary influences on the exhibitors early child memory – colour palette and drawings. Details…

(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 : Duets ; Optics Hybrid Project 2009

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…

Annual Atomic Komik Kapers 2016

An underground show of Zine & Comic Collated conflated Collages in Lifts - cleaners cupboards -public toilets - on mirrors etc 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…

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' zines', 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.