Alumni: Thomas Hartnett O’Meara animates David Hockney for Tate Britain.

Alumni Thomas Hartnett O’Meara graduated from the BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation programme in 2012 going on to complete an MA at the RCA in 2015. Previously profiled here on this blog Thomas is also an alumni of the School of Art Foundation Diploma.

In recent work Thomas has just completed a high profile commission from Tate Britain for the current sell out: David Hockney Retrospective – you can see the animated film on the vimeo link below.

Thomas has also been working for renowned film maker Wes Anderson on puppets for forthcoming The Isle of Dogs animated feature film, due out in 2018. More news on this as it goes live.

Link to Thomas Hartnett O’Meara’s website

Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Awards Presentation

In the first week of December a pop up show and awards ceremony was held at the Grosvenor Gallery, Manchester School of Art, for graduates selected by the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts at the 2016 degree show.


These cash awards are given for a range of categories across the fine arts with each award accompanied by the invitation to show work as guests at the annual MAFA exhibition for the next three years.

Three BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation students were selected in 2016: David Howe, Julia Pankowska and Antony Cross, pictured below.

David has gone on to be commissioned by the Folio Society, Julia was recently exhibited in a graduate show case at The Mission Gallery Swansea and is busy applying for shows across the UK. Antony has since won the Flourish Student Award from West Yorkshire Printmakers and is currently working on a two year part time MA in Illustration at Manchester School of Art.

The event was hosted for the first time by MMU with an afternoon reception, a speech from the president of  MAFA, with students, staff and alumni of Manchester School of Art.

Third year Dean Smith shortlisted for The Prize for Illustration 2017

Third year illustrator Dean Smith has been shortlisted for one of the most high profile annual illustration competitions. The Prize for Illustration is a longstanding collaboration between the Association of Illustrators and the London Transport Museum.

Dean Smith ‘Sounds of The City’ 2016

The competition is themed annually and this year the them was ‘Sounds of The City’. Dean entered an elaborate hand cut paper sculpture titled ‘Shadows of the Sound’ completed as part of the summer project work between second and third year on the BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation course at Manchester School of Art

The competition is open to illustrators and students of illustration throughout the world. The top 100 entries (including Dean’s) are selected by a panel of independent judges and will be displayed in an exhibition at London Transport Museum that will open in May 2017 and run until September 2017. The winners will be announced at a private award ceremony that will take place in May 2017.

Prizes are awarded in three levels:
• First prize: £2000 and display of the winning image on a London Transport Museum poster to be displayed on the London Underground.
• Second prize: £1000
• Third prize: £750

There is also the possibility that shortlisted images will be featured on merchandise sold in London Transport Museum’s shop.


Student Flourish Award success

West Yorkshire Print Workshop 

Congratulations to Antony Cross – Winner of the Hawthorn Print Supplies/Great Art Student Prize at the WYPW Flourish Awards.


The Flourish Awards provides artists and printmakers from across the UK with the opportunity to exhibit their work in a group exhibition at the WYPW Gallery.

Antony Cross a recent graduate from 2016 entered these awards with work generated during the third year of his degree course BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation at Manchester School of Art. The main images being derived from an external project working with the Manchester Histories Festival on the Bradford Pit Project with the support of  senior lecturer in 3D Design Jenny Walker.

Antony worked extensively in the printmaking studio during the third year under the guidance of Howard Goody – etching studio technician and ex RCA printmaking tutor John Hewitt.

In October 2016 Antony commenced a two year part time MA in Illustration at Manchester School of Art.

Bradford Pit Project: Update

The Bradford Pit Project

Pictures below of the Bradford Pit Project site installation, created as part of the Manchester Histories Festival in June 2016. The exhibition was hosted in the new Beswick Library building in close proximity to the original location of Bradford Pit in east Manchester.

The exhibition period was initially extended beyond the Histories festival to remain through out the summer period. As of late 2016 there are now plans for a permanent translation of this exhibition to be installed in 2017 with support of a number of partner organisations.

Artwork on display by Illustration with Animation Students: Jacob Phillips, Antony Cross and David Howe. Additional work was presented as part of the exhibition from students on BA (Hons) Photography, BA (Hons) Graphic Design and BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design at Manchester School of Art.

Pictures courtesy of project coordinator artist/educator: Jenny Walker

The Bradford Pit Project was originated by a BA (Hons) 3D design student at Manchester School of Art: Lauren Murphy. For further information follow the links and go to the main community project website
The Bradford Pit Project

Antony Beswick LibraryDavid stairsDavid windowsJacobJacob figs 1Jacob figs 2Jacob head 1Jacob heads

Royal Academy: John Hewitt

In May this year Illustration with Animation Senior Lecturer John Hewitt, had two drawings accepted for this years Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. This is one of many appearances at the RA summer show for John and on this occasion consisted of two highly detailed pencil drawings of everyday, slightly care worn, porcelain figurines.

John Hewitt -a brief description of the two drawings in his own words:

My imagery frequently addresses notions of personal or collective memory. This is evident in my recent still-life pencil drawings of antique ceramic figures. During the nineteenth century countless British mantelpieces were enlivened by items of mass-produced, hand-painted, flat-backed Staffordshire pottery. Those pieces that have survived into the twenty-first century are often chipped, crazed, cracked and partially repaired. Traces of past ownership and long forgotten domestic mishaps bestow individuality and fresh meaning on these modest but quietly enigmatic ornaments.

Ancestral figures mid victorian couple
Ancestral Figures, Mid Victorian Couple ©WJ Hewitt


Ancestral figures two dogs with a barrel
Ancestral Figures, Two Dogs and a Barrel ©WJ Hewitt

My work is housed in several major collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Whitworth Art Gallery, the Museum of London, the British Council and the Government Art Collection. In 2008 I completed a doctorate on drawing and memory at Manchester School of Art. I am an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and was elected to the Manchester Academy of Fine Art in 2011.

John Hewitt – daily drawings on Instagram 

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August 2015: John Hewitt7/7 sketches put on permanent display at the Museum of London exhibition.