Alumni: Thomas Hartnett O’Meara


In 2016 Tom returned to Manchester School of Art to run an animation workshop with Foundation Diploma students, back where he began his own career in 2008.

Thomas stayed in Manchester after Foundation progressing to the BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation programme, graduating in 2012. Subsequently progressing to the Royal College of Art, where he studied for two years developing his work with moving image and model making on the MA in Animation – completing this course in 2015.

Tom went on to win the Blink Award: Passion Pictures Award in 2015 for his short film ‘I’m Good with Plants’

You can see more of Thomas’s work on the following links:

Website –

Blog –

Moving image – Vimeo

Alumni: Andrew Singleton

Andrew is a paper artist and illustrator based in Wakefield, England. He studied Illustration with Animation at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating in 2006.

Andrew has exhibited widely including the City Art Gallery Manchester and undertaken commissions for International clients including Harrods, Hermes and Liberty in London.

Represented by Central Illustration Agency London

© Andrew Singleton ‘Anatomic’ 2015

Bradford Pit Project


A really interesting briefing today with ex Manchester School of Art, 3D Design student Lauren Murphy, talking about her work establishing the Bradford Pit project. This is a forgotten part of the history of East Manchester, now erased from sight by the National Velodrome, Ethiad Stadium and surrounding developments. Within living memory this was a huge working Colliery first established in 1797 with tunnels extending right across Manchester, closing in the mid 60’s after 350 years of production.

Lauren has helped create an aural history project around surviving miners, of which her Grandfather was one. Lauren has also won an award through the Manchester Histories Festival for her work in the community as an art practitioner and been featured in a profile on the project by the BBC. The plan now is to create a permanent memorial and archive in both the locality and at Manchester Central Libraries Archive +.

Students across Graphic Design, 3D and Illustration with Animation have been asked to respond and pitch ideas for an exhibition at Beswick Library in June 2016 to coincide with the next Manchester Histories Festival. This invites collaboration across many levels and not least engagement with a well articulated need for a community to reconnect the future with the past.

Background information is on the website:

Ian Whadcock


Experiment 1 Memory Books

L5 Memory Books

A Level 5 project based around artists books and inspired by the extensive collection held at MMU Special Collections. The work created over a six period was exhibited in the All Saints Library in January 2016 for three weeks and has now been located for an extended period in Manchester School of Art opposite Book Binding in Chatham.