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Kayla Parker
, currently based: Plymouth, UK
Affiliated institution: University of Plymouth

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Kayla Parker is an artist film-maker who creates innovative works for cinema, gallery, public and online spaces using film-based and digital technologies. She received the 2016 Plymouth-NiMAC Artists’ Residency Award for Father-land, a collaborative essay film project with Stuart Moore, premiered in the 'Layers of Visibility' exhibition at NiMAC [Oct 2018 to Juan 2019].

She shows her work internationally: venues include the Barbican, ICA, and Close-Up Cinema, London, ARTPLAY Design Center, Moscow, and Aurora Picture Show, Houston, and at festivals such as Punto y Raya, Trans(m)it, Tricky Women, and Kino der Kunst.

Kayla curates exhibitions of artists' moving image, such as Welcome to the Treasuredome, the festival of 360 artists’ film for the London 2012 Olympics, and 'Bodies of Water' for the Royal West of England Academy’s The Power of the Sea exhibition (2014). She works as a producer-director with Sundog Media, the production company responsible for short films such as Heaven is a Place (2014), in partnership with LGBTQ+ communities in Plymouth, for the EU Cultural Programme.

Her research interests centre around subjectivity and place, embodiment and technological mediation, from feminist perspectives. She has published several chapters and journal articles on film-making and animation, including a co-authored chapter in the Routledge edited volume, Community Filmmaking: Diversity, Practices and Places (2017).

Lecturer in Media Arts, PhD supervisor and contributor to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes; member of the Arts Institute (Research) steering group; LGBT+ Ally.

2015 Plymouth University, PhD Art and Media: Every Frame Counts: Creative Practice and Gender in Direct Animation
2008 Plymouth University, LTHE, postgraduate certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
1985 Gwent College of Higher Education, BA (hons) Fine Art
1978 Norwich School of Art and Design, Diploma Membership SIAD
1977 Norwich School of Art and Design, Diploma Vocational Art and Design (distinction)

1987 to date Self-employed artist film-maker; and partner in Sundog Media, the independent production company co-founded with Stuart Moore
1991-2008 Lecturer in animation arts and film, (0.5 tenured post 1995-); programme leader HND Animation and Creative Media (1999-2002); and leader of UNITY cultural diversity BME achievement project (2003-06), Plymouth College of Art and Design
1991-2008 Visiting lecturer; including University of the Arts London, Norwich, Newport

2017 On Location, Plymouth Arts Centre; artist’s moving image exhibition programme
2014 Reach (with Stuart Moore), Tamar Project, Calstock Arts Centre, Cornwall; 360 gallery installation
2010 Hand Eye Visions, (with Stuart Moore), Cine-City, Lighthouse, Brighton
2005 Verge, (with Stuart Moore), Salt Gallery, Hayle, Cornwall
2004 Stuart Moore & Kayla Parker, (with Stuart Moore), Salt Gallery, Hayle, Cornwall
1994 Frame by Frame, Plymouth Arts Centre

2014- The Birth of Memory, Exim Dance, UK
2012- Move on Up; Marking Time; Animate Retrospective, Animate Projects, worldwide
2011-14 Making Tracks, Whirlygig Cinema and Cabinet of Living Cinema, UK
2009- One Minute: Volumes 3-9, curated by Kerry Baldry, worldwide
2005 Tricky Women: Festivals im Dialog, Austria
2003 Roadshow, Grizedale Arts, with Rêl Institute, UK
2001 Gene, Halloween, UK
2000 Music in May: UK2000 Creativity and Innovation, Singapore
1998 British Animation Awards: Public Choice tour, UK
1997 Impakt 97: Stars on 35, Highlights Tour of the Netherlands
1996 European Media Art Tour, Germany
1995 Free Radicals, ICA Film and Video
What You See is What You Get, ICA Biennial of Independent Film and Video
Women Making Movies, BFI and WFTV
1994 Hygiene and Hysteria, London Filmmakers Co-op, UK and Europe
1992 Arrows of Desire, ICA Biennial of Independent Film and Video, worldwide
1991 European Media Art Festival Tour, Germany
1990 Metaphors, Monologues and Landscapes, Film and Video Umbrella, worldwide
Out of the West: Independent Film and Video, South West Arts, UK
Getting Animated, The Arts Council, UK

2018 Punto y Raya Festival: Abstract Art in Motion, British Short Film Panorama; Wroclaw, Poland
Layers of Visibility, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC, associated with the Pierides Foundation), Nicosia, Republic of Cyprus; curated by Liz Wells and Yiannis Toumazis
Edge of Frame Weekend, Barbican, London; curated by Edwin Rostron; ‘Particles in Space’ programme
Now&After International Video Arts Festival, ARTPLAY Design Centre, Moscow, Russia; curated by Marina Fomenko
London Short Film Festival, ICA, London; ‘Leftfield & Luscious’ programme
2017 Cornwall Film Festival, Falmouth
This Way Up, British Council screening at the UK's annual film exhibition innovation conference; for Hull City of Culture 2017
In the Open exhibition curated by Judith Tucker, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery
MIR: THREE CentreSpace Gallery, Bristol
One Minute, [.BOX] Videoart Project Space Milan, Italy; part of the MIART 17 contemporary art fair; and VisualcontainerTV, curated by Kerry Baldry
2016 Edge of Frame Weekend, Close-Up Cinema, London; part of the London International Animation Festival
Shedding Light, Aurora Picture Show; for the exhibition of Andy Warhol’s film 'Sunset' at The Menil Collection, Houston, USA
Trans(m)it, Philadelphia, USA
Light Night, Liverpool [8 films]
Short Waves, Poznań and Warsaw, Poland
2015 163 RWA Annual Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Kino der Kunst, Munich and Nürnberg, Germany
2014 Kultur+Kongress Forum, International Panorama Conference, Altötting Germany
Geoff Stern Art Space, Berlin, Germany
London Short Film Festival: Making Tracks Retrospective, Rich Mix, London
2013 Experimental Gothic: Romantic Agonies Magic, Rhode Island, USA
A State of Un-Play, Bucharest, Romania
Light and Shade, KINO 10, The Public, West Bromwich
2012 Move on Up, Art on the Underground, Animate Projects at Canary Wharf Screen, London
Welcome to the Treasuredome, ICCI 360, Cultural Olympiad, London 2012 Olympics, Weymouth
London Short Film Festival, Rich Mix, London
2011 Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, BAFTA, London
Soundwaves, Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton
Melbourne International Animation Festival, Australia
Vienna Independent Shorts (VIS), Vienna, Austria
CONNECT 2011: Hands On, The Saatchi Gallery, London
2010 Brisbane International Film Festival, Australia
Visions in the Nunnery, the Nunnery Gallery, London
The Falmouth Convention, Cornwall
2009 Animate TV, Tate Modern, London
Aurora 2009: Common Ground, Norwich
Trace and Transience, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art, London
2008 Film Circus!, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Night: A Time Between, RWA, Arnolfini, Bristol
2007 Freedom and Dream, Tate Britain, London
National Review of Live Art: Definitive Stories, Tramway, Glasgow
2006 Undercover Surrealism: The New Flesh Incarnate, Hayward Gallery, London
Route Masters: Portraits in Transition, National Portrait Gallery, London
Born Free, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Death to Animation [with Dick Arnall], Halloween Festival, ICA, London
2004 Blip@Newlyn, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall
Experiments in Moving Image, University of Westminster, London
2002 Przeglad animacji artystycznej z Wielkiej Brytantii, Warsaw, Poland
2001 MUTELOOPS, Lux Centre, London
Annecy International Animation Festival: Best of British, France
Animation: Synaesthesia in the Experimental Animated Film, Norwich
Blood, Tag/Traum for ZDF/ARTE TV, Germany
2000 Animation: A Passionate Obsession, the Barbican Centre, London
TX2000, Westcountry TV
1999 Wanderlust, Experimenta Media Arts Melbourne, Australia
Pandaemonium, Lux Centre, London
1998 Sex und Wahnsinn: Internationales Kurzfilmfestival, Berlin, Germany
Rencontres Internationales Art cinéma / vidéo / ordinateur, Paris, France
1997 Dope Sheet, Channel 4 TV
Hiding Behind the Sofa, Prema Arts Centre, Uley
Happy Families? ICA, London
Artists’ Film and Video: Painterly Animation, Tate Gallery, London
1996 Interstice: Seen and Unseen, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Beyond the Margins, Watershed Media Centre, Bristol
Pandaemonium, LEA and ICA, London
1995 19th Cambridge Film Festival, Arts Cinema, Cambridge
Vivid Visions II, Tate St Ives, Cornwall
1994 Photokina ‘94, Köln, Germany
Art into Film, National Film Theatre and Tate Gallery, London
English Films and Videos, SDR Stuttgart TV, Germany
IMPAKT, Utrecht, Netherlands
MEDIAWAVE, Györ, Hungary
Mutations de l'Image, Vidéotheque de Paris, France
1993 Secret Passions, Channel 4 TV
London Film Festival, National Film Theatre and Tate Gallery, London
VIPER, Luzern, Switzerland
Forces of Nature, Tate St Ives, Cornwall
The Late Show, BBC2 TV
5th Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey
1992 Four-Mations, Channel 4 TV
The Dazzling Image II, Channel 4 TV
New British Filmmakers Tate Gallery, London
San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain
Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland
Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Germany
Hiroshima ’92 4th International Animation Festival, Japan
Canan nan Gaidheal, Scottish TV
1991 Women in the Director's Chair, Chicago, USA
1990 FEMINALE 5 FrauenFilmFest, Köln, Germany
1989 London Film Festival, London Film Makers’ Co-op
Independent Animation Review, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

2017 ‘On Location: landscape cinema and digital memory’ [chapter/conference proceedings, with Stuart Moore] in Costa Valenta A., and Capucho R. (eds.) AVANCA | CINEMA 2017. Avanca: Edições Cine-Club de Avanca. pp. 251-255.
‘Heaven is a Place: The politics and poetics of LGBT location in a community dance film’ [chapter, with Roberta Mock and Ruth Way] in Sarita Malik, Caroline Chapain and Roberta Comunian (eds.) Community Filmmaking: Diversity, Practices and Places. London: Routledge. pp. 191-209.
2016 ‘Filming the river: memories of the tidal Tamar’ [chapter/conference proceedings, with Stuart Moore] in Costa Valenta A., Capucho R. (eds.) AVANCA | CINEMA 2016. Avanca: Edições Cine-Club de Avanca. pp. 140-144.
2013 ‘Jamming the machine: the personal-political in Annabel Nicolson’s Reel Time’ [chapter] in Rebecca Emmett (ed.) in The Arts and Popular Culture in History. Plymouth: University of Plymouth Press. pp. 217-233.
2012 ‘Moving image production and the pedagogical development of media literacy’ [chapter, with Liam French and Stuart Moore] in Maher Bahloul and Carolyn Graham (eds.) Lights! Camera! Action and the Brain: The Use of Film in Education. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. pp. 111-140.

2018 'Father-land' [with Stuart Moore, text and stills; for exhibition at Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, 19 October 2018 to 12 January 2019] in Liz Wells (ed.) Layers of Visibility: NiMAC/University of Plymouth Artist Residencies 2013-2017 [exhibition catalogue]. Plymouth: University of Plymouth Press. pp. 79 to 90, and cover image.
2018 'Father-land: troubled dialogues in a divided island' in Arts Institute Research Stories 2016/17 [brochure]. Plymouth: University of Plymouth. pp. 17-18.
2016 ‘Co-creating in the landscape with Dominica Williamson’ [catalogue essay, Leverhulme Trust Artist-in-residence exhibition]. Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, London, 30 Aug to 2 Sept 2016. Plymouth: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University. pp. 14-15.
‘Not playing ball: Steven Paige’s Let’s Go Bowling’ [catalogue essay, Gallery in the Cinema exhibition, 5 to 14 April 2016]. Plymouth: Plymouth Arts Centre and Moving Image Arts (MIA) Research, Plymouth University.
2015 ‘Artwork - Kayla Parker - White Body - 2009’ [film and artist’s statement] Critical Contemporary Culture Journal Issue IV PLAY. 1 April 2015. London: LSE Sociology Department, London School of Economics.
2014 ‘Blobs in tartan colours: Margaret Tait’s Painted Eightsome’ [essay] Frames Cinema Journal Issue 5 ‘Framing animation’. November 2014. Fife: University of St Andrews.
2012 'Making Glass', in Annette Arlander, Yvon Bonenfant and Mary Agnes Covey-Krell (editor-curators). Ex-Trauma: The Opposite of the Traumatic, Experiments and Intensities Volume 2, November 2012. Winchester: University of Winchester Press.
2011 ‘White Body: animating feminine pleasure’ in Body, Space and Technology Journal Volume 10. Number 2. Summer 2011. Brunel University, West London.
2011 ‘White Body’ [film, with research statement and peer reviews] in Charlotte Crofts (ed.) JMP Screenworks Volume 2. AVPhD Issue. Summer 2011.
2010 ‘Art of research’ [feature essay and interview, with Dr Roberta Mock] in Lee Morgan (ed.) ArtsCulture Plymouth Issue 3. June 2010. Exeter: News and Media Republic.
2010 ‘Memories wanted’ [essay, with film and colour photographic series] in Nicholas Rombes (ed. and convenor) REQUIEM // 102. Minute #29 16 December 2010.
2008 ‘White Body’ [film and research statement] in Screenwork2 AVPhD Issue. Journal of Media Practice Volume 9, Issue 3, November 2008. Bristol: Intellect.
2006 ‘The bigger picture: Getting animated’ [on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs] in Simon Cropper (ed.) Time Out 1000 films to change your life. London: Ebury.
2002 ‘Icon: A Light at the End of the World’ [feature essay on Alison de Vere] in Imagine: Animation Spring 2002. Bristol: Greetlake.
2001 ‘Remembering Alison de Vere (1927-2001)’ [feature essay, obituary] in ASIFA News Volume 14. Number 1. 2001. Ottawa: International Association of Animated Film.
2000 ‘Direct-it-Yourself guide to film-making’; ‘Face to Face: with Alison de Vere’; and ‘Mr Entertainment: Colin Rose’ [x 3 feature essays] in Bel Mooney (ed.) Proof: Year of the Artist in the South West Summer 2000. Exeter: South West Arts.
1998 ‘Sunset Strip’ [double-page feature, with enlarged colour film stills, front and back covers] in Vicky Smith (ed.) Boiling: Experimental Animation Issue 1. October 1998. London: London Film Makers’ Co-op.

2017-18 Awarded research funding from University of Plymouth, for script development and sound recording on location in Nicosia; and attendance and delivery of papers at Essay Film and Narrative Techniques: Screenwriting Non-fiction symposium, University of York, and British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies 6th Annual Conference 2018 Revolution: Politics, Technology, Aesthetics at University of Kent
2016-17 Awarded research funding from University of Plymouth, for presentation at 3rd International Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media Conference, University College Cork, Ireland
2016 The Plymouth-Nicosia Artist Residency, with Stuart Moore, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre and University of Plymouth; NiMAC, Nicosia, Cyprus; for Father-land
2015-16 Awarded research funding (2 awards) from University of Plymouth, for Escaping Notice: the Annabel Nicolson Project
2014 ICCI Support Fund Award, with Stuart Moore for Reach
2014 CMIR-RWA Moving Image Art Bursary, Centre for Moving Image Research, UWE, and Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, with Stuart Moore for Maelstrom
2013 ICCI Support Fund Award, with Roberta Mock and Ruth Way for Heaven is a Place
2013 The Culture Programme of the European Union, with Roberta Mock and Ruth Way for the Heaven on Earth? project
2012 ICCI and Creative England Award, Cultural Olympiad, with Stuart Moore and Sundog Media for Welcome to the Treasuredome
Awarded research funding from School of Media, Art and Design, University of Plymouth, for STITCH, Foyer Space residency
2010 Media Innovation Award: Independent Film, with Sundog Media for Sea Front
Awarded research funding from School of Media, Art and Design, University of Plymouth, for Brighton Road Movie
ICCI and SW Screen Award, with Stuart Moore for Nectar
2009 Studio One Artist’s Residency, Plymouth Arts Centre, for Measure
Bill Bryson Prize for Science Communication, with Sundog Media for The Other CO2 Problem
Media Innovation Award: Collaboration, with Sundog Media for There 2 Care
2005 RIFE Lottery Award, with Stuart Moore for START Moving Image Festival
2003 Awards for All, Arts Council England and National Lottery, for Look Forward Not Back
2002 Living City Award, SW Arts and National Lottery, with Stuart Moore for Life in the Bus Lane
2000 TX200 Award, SW Media Development Agency and WTV, with Stuart Moore for Shop Around the Clock
Year of the Artist Award, South West Arts, for Inner City
Women of Achievement Award, finalist
1999 Film and Video Production Award, SW Media Development Agency, for Inner City
1998 Exhibition Initiatives Award, SW Media Development Agency, with Sundog Media, for START
1997 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Art, from the City of Plymouth
Awards for All Project Award, National Lottery, with Sundog Media, for START
1996 Film and Video Art Production Award, from Arts Council England, for Walking Out
1994 Animate Award, Channel 4 Television and Arts Council, for Sunset Strip
Production Award, British Film Institute, for As Yet Unseen
1993 Film and Video Production Award, South West Arts, for Walking Out
1991 Animate Award, Channel 4 Television and Arts Council, for Cage of Flame
1990 Artists’ Film and Video Broadcasting Award, Arts Council, for Unknown Woman
1989 Television South West and South West Arts Film Award, for Nuclear Family
1988 Film and Video Award, South West Arts, for Unknown Woman

2017 Present Moments and Passing Time Malcolm Le Grice exhibition, ‘Experience not Object: The Personal Cinema of Malcolm Le Grice’, Plymouth Arts Centre
2016 Searching for Genius: Douglas Gordon exhibition, ‘Seeing is Believing?’ Art Bite talk, Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth
Careers in Academia postgraduate research training event for PhD students and research staff; the Graduate School, University of Plymouth
Ben Rivers: Short Films, Plymouth Arts Centre
2014 The Power of the Sea: Bodies of Water, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2013 I Walked with a Zombie: What the Living Dead can Teach us About Performance, Faculty of Arts Festival of Research, University of Plymouth
2011 British Arts Show 7: Thursdays @ One, Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth
2010 Animation Symposium, Screen Studies South West, Bournemouth
2005 SURGE TO MERGE: Creative Industries and Cultural Regeneration symposium, University of Plymouth and Plymouth Arts Centre
1999 Animate panel, Arts Council and Channel 4, Lux Centre, London
1993 Innovation '93: Manchester International Film Forum, Cornerhouse, Manchester
1992 Women in Animation, Museum of the Moving Image, London

2017 Territories, Land/Water and the Visual Arts symposium, Plymouth
2016 Journeys and Transmission, Land/Water and the Visual Arts symposium, Plymouth
2014 Artists and Film: Autonomy and Industry symposium, with Visual Arts South West
2013 Time Around Space: 360 international conference, University of Plymouth
Unfolding Narrative (from middles to beginnings to endless loops) symposium, University of Plymouth
2010 f-word 2: Feminist Interdisciplinary Research Symposium, University of Plymouth
2009 f-word: A Feminist Research Symposium, University of Plymouth

Dr Kayla Parker
University of Plymouth
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
School of Art, Design and Architecture
Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA UK

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Publications & References
Parker, Kayla and Stuart Moore. »Father-land: troubled dialogues in a divided island.« Arts Institute Research Stories 2016/17 1 (January 2018): 17-18.
Parker, Kayla and Stuart Moore. »Framing memory: return to the zone.« AVANCA | CINEMA 2018 (July 2018): 103-108.
Moore, Stuart and Kayla Parker. »Father-land.« Layers of Visibility (October 2018): 79 to 90.
Parker, Kayla. »On Location.« Screenworks 7, no. 3 (December 2017).
Parker, Kayla and Stuart Moore. »On Location: landscape cinema and digital memory.« AVANCA | CINEMA 2017 (July 2017): 251-255.