Kayla Parker

Currently based
Plymouth, UK
Affiliated institution
University of Plymouth

Artist film-maker whose current work centres on watery places such as rivers, estuaries and coastal zones. She uses a process-based dialogic methodology informed by écriture féminine to explore the interrelationship between bodies and forgotten, liminal spaces framed around subjectivity, place and memory, embodiment and technological mediation, from posthuman feminist perspectives.

Her recent project, Flow + Cadence, is a 360 film about the River Plym estuary (2023, with the film-maker and sound artist Stuart Moore), which is funded by a Start Something Women in Immersive Tech award from Real Immersive (part of Real Ideas), with public engagement workshop activities for the Being Human Festival funded by the School of Advanced Study, University of London (AHRC and the British Academy). Sea-ing Differently: an exploration of children’s watery entanglements in an ocean city’, (2023–24, with Dr Marie Lavelle and Dr Karen Wickett) looks at how very young urban children understand the 'place of the sea' in their lives, using 360 film and other practice-based approaches; supported through AHRC Impact Acceleration grants. The 16mm film poem, The Other Side of Now (2021), is a collaboration with the academic and poet David Sergeant and Stuart Moore for the Sustainable Earth Institute's Creative Associates initiative. Father-land, a collaborative essay film with Moore (2018), was supported by an artist residency hosted by Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre and won the 2020 BAFTSS Practice Research Award for Experimental/Essay Film. Her 2017 film, On Location, observes a year’s cycle of seasonal changes and meteorological phenomena in the countryside hollow way visited by the British avant-garde artist Annabel Nicolson forty years previously. She directed the short film, Heaven is a Place (2014), a collaboration with Roberta Mock and Ruth Way, which was made in partnership with Pride in Plymouth and the LGBTQ+ community for an international project inspired by the writings of Jean Genet and funded by the EU Cultural Programme.

Lecturer in Media Arts; Initiator and co-ordinator, Early Career Researcher Network, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business; supervisor and examiner of artists' PhD projects; Deputy Chair of the Arts and Humanities Ethics and Integrity Committee; LGBT+ Ally.

2015 Plymouth University, PhD Art and Media, for a thesis entitled '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, (0.4 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, Salt Gallery, Hayle, Cornwall
1994 Frame by Frame, Plymouth Arts Centre

2009- One Minute: Volumes 3–11, curated by Kerry Baldry, worldwide
2014-18 The Birth of Memory, Exim Dance, UK and Russia
2012 Move on Up; Marking Time; Animate Retrospective, Animate Projects, worldwide
2011-14 Making Tracks, Whirlygig Cinema and Cabinet of Living Cinema, UK
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

2024. C.A.R. Contemporary Art Ruhr presented by Directors Lounge Contemporary Art and Media, Berlin, Germany
2023 Punto y Raya Festival: Abstract Art in Motion; Lisbon; Portugal
Re:Think GAIA festival, presented by Video Art Miden at Farma Fifa Permaculture, Kalamata, Greece; ‘Plan(et) Β’ programme, curated by Gioula and Olga Papadopoulou
2021 Waste Art exhibition, curated by artist Ina Loitzl, the Kepler Hall art space, Johannes Kepler University (JKU), Linz, Austria
Tricky Women/Tricky Realities Animation Festival, Remarkable programme
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
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 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, 2-day festival of 360˚ artists' moving image, 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