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Principal Lecturer and Assistant Head of School, Arts + Media
Lucy is an educator, artist, and academic researcher, whose pedagogic research focuses on student engagement, and creative approaches to Higher Education teaching and learning in Arts and Media.
She has published work nationally and internationally through organisations including RAISE (Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement), CICAP (The International Congress of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising), Making Futures, and Advanced HE (formerly HEA). As Associate Editor with Screenworks (Journal of Screen Media Practice Research), Lucy edited the Screenworks Special Edition on ‘Practice Pedagogies’, in partnership with the Journal of Media Practice in Education.
Lucy also holds the position of Secretary on the Executive Board of NAHEMI (National Association of Higher Education in Moving Image), the organisation that represents the centres of excellence for the teaching of film, television, video, animation and digital media practice in the UK and in Ireland.
Lucy’s film practice and research is focused around notions of memory, she has published works on how family stories are fabricated, gendered and collectively re-remembered in a digital age. She is currently working with South of Devon Films on a new series of fictional shorts, based on the music scene in Plymouth.
Having previously developed and led the Film & Screen Arts programme at Arts University Plymouth, Lucy has taught filmmaking, production design, critical and contextual studies, and supports third-year dissertation students. In her current role, Lucy contributes to the eight degree programmes in the School of Arts + Media, and is also Project Manager for the BFI Film Academy Plymouth.
Chris Bailey is a filmmaker, musician, creative entrepreneur and writer. After studying for a BA (Hons) in Writing For the Media at Exeter University, he went on to do an MA in Film at the University of Reading, with a focus on collaborative arts and participatory video. Alongside his academic background, Chris has a great deal of experience in the commercial side of the industry, running his own production business, OPENhand Creative. His experience covers practical filmmaking, script writing, writing copy, PR and promotional activity.
With a passion for all things film and TV, Chris is deputy chair of the Royal Television Society (SW) and has produced original work for BAFTA Shortfuse Showcase, Daylight Music (London), The Arts Institute (Plymouth), Mayflower 400 and also works with Plymouth Music Education Hub. Chris has run a host of community film and video workshops over the years. Chris is a founding member of Imperfect Orchestra, which works with emerging film and video artist filmmakers, as well as with established films, to create 'live soundtrack events'.
Andrew Cooper-James is a lecturer on BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts. Andrew has a Masters in Contemporary Film Practice and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Andrew is a filmmaker, performer and artist with over 30 years of experience working freelance both in the UK and internationally. He has extensive experience working in the art departments for TV, advertising, animation and theatre. Core to his practice is a focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration and he has written on this topic for The International Journal of Screendance.
In his role as a lecturer, Andrew has developed a range of skills and approaches to supporting students’ creative development, including innovative practical workshops where the creative, technical and conceptual aspects of the art form can be experienced, comprehended and applied.
Dominic Deane is a media and sound artist with over 15 years of practical and academic experience working both in the education and multimedia industry. He graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2005 with an MSc in Creative Technology and since worked for several media companies in the Yorkshire area mostly notably, DS Emotion and Label Media. He as previously taught degree and master courses at the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Spirit Studios in Manchester.
He is also currently a final year PhD student at the University of Manchester, where he began work on a thesis about DIY and independent music making in West Yorkshire post-2000. He also wrote his first research article about DIY music making in Devon for the Punk and Post Punk Journal (Volume 7, Number 3, October 2018) He also contributed an article about Yorkshire based noise artists ‘Nurturing the Noise’ for the Riffs Journal (Volume 3, Issue 1, April 2019) and has also presented conference papers on DIY and independent music making in Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, and Portugal.
In addition to his academic pursuits, he is a musician, multi-instrumentalist and sound ecologist who has been recording, performing and touring around the world for over the last 15 years. He also continues to perform in several bands and previously promoted gigs and ran a DIY label in the Leeds and Bradford area. His professional work has been featured on the BBC, Channel 4, E4, The Guardian, The Independent, and Electronic Sounds magazine. While his film credits include the Leeds International film festival, Darkrooms film festival in London and collaborating with members of the New York filmmakers coop group.
Neal Kirk received his PhD in English Literature from Lancaster University. He received his MSc in Literature and Society 1688-1900 from the University of Edinburgh. He double-majored in English Literature and Mass Communications for his BA at the University of Denver.
Neal’s work is included in the collections, Digital Horror: Haunted Technologies, Network Panic and the Found Footage Phenomenon (Aldana-Reyes and Blake, 2016) and Gothic and Death (Carol Margaret Davison, 2016) and the forthcoming Gothic and the Arts (Punter). Neal has taught Sociology, Media and Cultural studies, and English Literature and continues to explore digital media, digital culture and digital art forms.
Neal works as a Lecturer on our BA (Hons) Film & Screen Arts course where he teaches Materials and Methods, Negotiated Project, Research and Experimentation and advises on Honours Dissertations. With over 20 years of experience working professionally in the radio, television, film and new media industries, including working second unit on the series Breaking Bad, Neal has a well-established practice in Film and Screen Arts.
Dajain has been a practicing freelancer for four years, working with both artists and companies, making short films and corporate videos. He takes a very interdisciplinary approach to moving image, taking inspiration and techniques from glass-blowing to performance arts, finding a way to work their ideas into his practice in order to broaden an audiences horizons.
Russell “Rusty” Cleave is a light and sound practitioner, having been a collaborative writer and cinematographer on award winning short film Je ne suis pas Charlie, screened by the BFI as the winner of the Audience Special Award for Filmmaking at NAHEMI Eat Our Shorts, and was also screened at the 'Conflict and Culture' conference in Luton. He has also directed numerous music videos premiered in mainstream and independent music publications, Kerrang, Metal Hammer, The Independent, The Guardian and Vevo.
Rusty is a published academic researcher with the paper A Spirit in Place (2018) in collaboration with Tilly Craig. Watch the film here.
Rusty is a multi instrumentalist who has written and recorded music with bands such as Brotherhood of the Lake, Helpless and Death Parish, releasing music on various record labels both digitally and physically (Thirty Days of Night Records/ Atticus Black, Holy Roar, Virgin Records). As a part of touring bands he has gained a wealth of experience in live performance across the UK and Europe, performing at a number of mainstream music festivals from Download in the UK to various European and UK punk and noise fests.
In addition to working as a recording artist, Rusty is currently involved in composing music commercially for film and television.
Throughout his career in music and film he has developed a depth of knowledge as a recording engineer, recording and producing personal and client work from his home studio.