- M08, Scott, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
Dr Kayla Parker
Lecturer in Media Arts
School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
- Artists' moving image
- Feminist film
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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.
Recent projects include the 16mm film poem, The Other Side of Now (2021), a Sustainable Earth Institute Creative Associates collaboration with the academic and poet David Sergeant and film-maker and sound artist Stuart Moore. Father-land, the 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 LGBT+ community for an international project inspired by the writings of Jean Genet and funded by the EU Cultural Programme.
The recipient of many commissions and awards, her experimental moving image artworks have been presented internationally, in touring programmes such as the ICA Biennials, and exhibitions and festivals, with television broadcasts on Channel 4, ITV and the BBC in the UK and in Australia, Canada, France, Austria, and Germany. In the 1990s she is notable for creating innovative animated films, such as the Animate! commissioned Cage of Flame (1992) and Sunset Strip (1996), along with As Yet Unseen (1994) for BFI Production, and Project, commissioned for the opening of the Lux Centre in 1997. Her work since 2000 includes the films Inner City (2001) for Year of the Artist; Small World (2007), commissioned for the AHRC-funded project between University for the Creative Arts and University of Dundee, screened at the Definitive Stories section of the National Review of Live Art; Teign Spirit (2009), an Animate Projects commission for Sea Change; and environmental site-specific films such as Flora (2011), Reach (2014), commissioned for the 'It's All About the River' project, Maelstrom (2014), supported by a Moving Image Art Bursary from UWE and RWA, and the 35mm direct animations, Flow (2020) and Cadence (2022).
At University of Plymouth she co-ordinates the Early Career Network for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business and is a peer reviewer for the faculty ethics and integrity committee (FREIC). She has convened several symposia and curated many programmes of artists' moving image, including 'Bodies of Water' for the Power of the Sea exhibition at RWA, Bristol (2014), and 'Passing Through' for the British Art Show 9, Plymouth (2022). She gained her PhD in 2015 for a thesis examining gender and women's creative practice in direct animation. She has published widely on film-making and animation, including extended essays on the British avant-garde artist Annabel Nicolson's film performance, Reel Time, and the direct animation practice of Orcadian film poet Margaret Tait. Kayla has chapters forthcoming in two edited volumes, Watching, Waiting and the Photographic Representation of Empty Places (Leuven University Press) and Essay Film and Narrative Techniques: Screen-writing Non-fiction (Intellect), for publication in 2023.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Plymouth
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE), University of Plymouth
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Gwent College of Higher Education (Newport Art School)
Diploma Membership of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers (SIAD), Norwich School of Art and Design
East Anglian Diploma of Vocational Art and Design (distinction), Norwich School of Art and Design
British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS, Special Interest Groups: Practice Research, and Essay Film)
Producer/Director: Prospect Union (BECTU)
Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA)
Animation Alliance UK
Affiliate: International Association of English Speaking Directors Organisations (IAESDO)
Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Roles on external bodies
Academic reviewer for Screenworks, the online publication of practice research in film and screen media; Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England, Bristol (2018 to date)
Media Innovation Network steering group (University of Plymouth representative, 2015-17)
Centre for Moving Image Research (CMIR) UWE, Bristol (affiliate, 2014-17)
Sweet FA partnership between Plymouth Arts Centre, Moving Image Arts (MIA) research, and Sundog Media; the Sweet FA initiative introduced and investigated film-making and moving image in contemporary visual arts (University of Plymouth representative and co-founder, 2013-15)
Barefoot: the Plymouth Arts Education Partnership Agency, responsible for artists' residencies in schools, artists' projects with schools, and other creative initiatives with schools, children and young people in the Plymouth area (University of Plymouth board member, 2009-10)
Parsian Multimedia, a not-for-profit Iranian refugee cultural production group, working in collaboration and partnership with displaced communities in Plymouth and south west Britain; supported by AviD Vital, Diverse Arts, and Refugees First, Plymouth (advisor, 2008-09)
decibel, Arts Council England South West: decibel was launched by the Arts Council in 2003to raise the profile of under-represented BME (black and minority ethnic) artists via a professional mentoring programme (creative advisor, 2005-06)
South West Media Development Agency (SWMDA) board member and company director
Arts Council and Channel 4 Animate member of awards selection and interview panels
The Celtic Film and Television Festival Cornish selection jury
Cornwall Media Resource management committee, Redruth (South West Arts representative)
Cinema 100, the body that developed and presented the UK-wide programme of activities and events to celebrate 100 years of cinema in 1995, member of Plymouth steering committee
Eastern Arts film and video production board, advisory member and selection committee
South West Arts film and video production awards, member of selection panel
Postgraduate Research Supervision: currently 10 PhD candidates, including 6 as Director of Studies. LGBT+ Ally. Co-convener, with Dr Carole Baker, of the Arts Research Network research group, which provides a community of critical practice for doctoral artist-researchers and Early Career Researchers in the School of Art, Design and Architecture.
Artists' moving image; subjectivity, place and memory; rivers, estuaries and coastal zones; embodiment and technological mediation; posthuman feminism
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Anna Walker (2016) for a PhD thesis entitled, 'In and Out of Memory: Exploring the Tension between Remembering and Forgetting When Recalling 9/11, a Traumatic Event'
Claudia Pilsl (2020) for a PhD thesis entitled, 'Photography and Its Contribution to the Understanding of Digital Porosity'
Margaret Hart (2020) for a PhD thesis entitled, 'Collage in the Posthuman Era: Gender and Becoming'
Charlotte Reardon (2020) for a ResM thesis entitled, 'Experiments in Materiality and Representation: The London Film-Makers' Cooperative 1968 - 1979'
Lucietta Williams (2021) for a PhD thesis entitled, 'Lens-less capture and emerging moving imaging technologies: An investigation into the ways in which digital pinhole capture and advances in lens-less imaging in computational photography may affect the form and content of moving images'
Karen Abadie (2023) 'Humanity Undone: A Practice led Enquiry into Self-Injury'
Grants & contracts
Awards, grants and commissions selected
2023 Start Something: Women in Immersive Tech Award, for 'Flow and Cadence' (PI); a collaboration with Stuart Moore
2023 Impact Award; for the project Sea-ing Differently, stage 2 (Co-I); a collaboration with Dr Marie Lavelle (PI) and Dr Karen Wickett (Co-I)
2022-23 AHRC Impact Acceleration Placemaking Award; for the project Sea-ing Differently, stage 1 (PI); a collaboration with Dr Marie Lavelle (Co-I) and Dr Karen Wickett )Co-I)
2021 Creative Associates Award, Sustainable Earth Institute; for the film poem, The Other Side of Now, a collaboration with Dr David Sergeant and Stuart Moore
2021 R1 research award, for attendance and delivery of paper at BAFTSS 8th Annual Conference 2021: Time and the Body in Film, University of Southampton, UK
2020 The BAFTSS Practice Research Award. Category: Essay/Experimental film; British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Best Practice Research Portfolio 2020
2019-20 R1 research award, for attendance and delivery of paper at Mining Memories: New Explorations in Cinema, Memory and the Past, University College Cork, Ireland
2018-19 R1 research award, for chairing essay film panel and delivery of paper at BAFTSS 7th Annual Conference 2019: Intersecting Identities: Race, Sex, Nation, University of Birmingham, UK
2018-19 R1 research award, for attendance and delivery of paper at 5th International Conference of Photography and Theory [ICPT2018], PHOTOGRAPHIES & CONFLICT: Archiving and Consuming Images of Strife, Nicosia, Republic of Cyprus
2017-18 R1 research award, for attendance and delivery of papers (essay film and practice research panels) at BAFTSS 6th Annual Conference 2018: Revolution: Politics, Technology, Aesthetics, University of Canterbury, Kent, UK
2017-18 R1 research award, for location sound work and additional filming in Nicosia for Plymouth-NiMAC Artist in Residence film, Father-land
2017-18 R1 research award, for attendance and delivery of a paper at Essay Film and Narrative Techniques: Screenwriting Non-fiction Symposium, University of York, UK
2016-17 R1 research award, for attendance and delivery of a paper at #Cinema is Dead, the 3rd International Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media Conference, University College Cork, Ireland
2016 Plymouth-Nicosia Artist in Residence Award, Plymouth University and Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC, Associated with the Pierides Foundation), Nicosia, Cyprus; for the Father-land project
2015-16 R1 research awards (2), for Escaping Notice: the Annabel Nicolson project
2014 CMIR-RWA Moving Image Art Bursary, from Centre for Moving Image Research, UWE, and the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, for Maelstrom
2014 16mm film commission from River Tamar Project for It's All About the River film festival, for Reach
2014 Grant from the Innovation for the Creative and Cultural Industries (ICCI) Support Fund for Engaging Communities, for Reach 360 installation at Calstock Arts, Cornwall
2013 Grant from the Innovation for the Creative and Cultural Industries (ICCI) Support Fund, for development of the Heaven on Earth? project with the LGBT community in Plymouth
2013 Funding from The Culture Programme of the European Union awarded for the project Heaven on Earth?, with artists from Greece, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, France and Italy, inspired by acclaimed novelist, playwright and activist Jean Genet (Paris, 1910-1986). It focuses on the artistic interpretation and research of Genet's works and philosophy as well as the exploration of issues stemming from his cultural legacy (with Roberta Mock and Ruth Way; European project co-ordination by Evi Sfikaki/World-CEF Culture).
2012 R1 research award from the Centre for Media, Art and Design Research (MADr), University of Plymouth, for Foyer Space artist's residency and STITCH, durational 16mm film-sewing performance
2012 ICCI commission, Welcome to the Treasuredome 360 artists' moving image festival, for Maritime Mix - London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea programme, Weymouth (with Stuart Moore); funded by Creative England
2011 Cinema City Artists' Moving Image Award for Cinematic City, a Sundog Media production directed, filmed and edited by Stuart Moore; and produced by Kayla Parker; for Plymouth Arts Centre, funded by South West Screen and Arts Council England.
2010 R1 research award from the Centre for Media, Art and Design Research (MADr), University of Plymouth, for 16mm film Brighton Road Movie
2010 ICCI Award as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad programme in the South West, for 360 film Nectar (with Stuart Moore)
2010 R1 research award from the Centre for Media, Art and Design Research (MADr), University of Plymouth, for Measure.
2010 Media Innovation Award: Independent Film for Sea Front, a Sundog Media production directed, filmed and edited by Stuart Moore; and produced by Kayla Parker.
2009 Animate Projects commission for the Sea Change initiative of CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, and the government's advisor on architecture, urban design and public space.
2009 CEPPL Award: Supporting Learning in the Workplace (Centre for Excellence in Professional Placement Learning, University of Plymouth).
2009 Media Innovation Award: Collaboration between Business and Young People for There2 Care: The Voice of Young Carers; Sundog Media production with young people at The Zone, Young Carers Project, Plymouth.
2008 R1 research award, Plymouth College of Art and Design, for Immersion exhibition by Locate research group.
2008 Hold, large scale outdoor 16mm film projection, Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth.
2007 Travel bursary: Plymouth Media-Partnership (PM-P), for attendance at Aurora, Norwich.
2007 Definitive Stories, National Review of Live Art Screening Programme, New Moves International, Glasgow (AHRC project led by Stephen Littman University for the Creative Arts, and Peter E. Richardson University of Dundee).
2005 First Light Movies / The UK Film Council.
2005 RIFE Lottery Award, South West Screen.
2004 Wild Ideas, Bristol Natural History Consortium and Innovations South West, SWERDA.
2004 no.w.here, London.
2003 Awards for All Project Award, the Barefoot Project and the National Lottery.
2002 Living City Project Award, Plymouth Arts Centre, South West Arts and the National Lottery.
2001 Filmwaves, LUX, London.
2001 Dartmoor Lives and Landscapes, Aune Head Arts.
2000 Miniature Film, Poetry International, Royal Festival Hall.
2000 Women of Achievement Award (nominated, finalist).
2000 TX 2000, Film Production Award, South West Media Development Agency and Carlton Broadcasting.
2000 Year of the Artist Project Award, South West Arts.
1999 Film and Video Production Award, South West Media Development Agency.
1999 Arts Grant, Plymouth City Council.
1998 Exhibition Initiatives Award, South West Media Development Agency.
1997 Silver Award, Hamburg Short Film Festival.
1997 One Minute Film, London Film-Makers‘ Co-op, Lux and National Lottery.
1997 Awards for All Project Award, National Lottery.
1997 The Award for Outstanding Contribution to Art, from the City of Plymouth (for the development and presentation of the START moving image festival, and promotion of the work of moving image artists and film-makers of southwest Britain).
1996 Film and Video Art Production Award, the Arts Council.
1994 Animated Poem, Poetry International, Royal Festival Hall.
1994 Animate! Award, the Arts Council and Channel 4.
1994 Production Projects Fund Award, British Film Institute.
1993 Film and Video Production Award, South West Arts.
1993 One Minute Television, Arts Council and BBC2’s The Late Show.
1993 The Dick Award (nominated: finalist).
1993 Cinewomen Award (nominated: highly commended).
1991 Canan nan Gaidhael (The Language of the Gael), ScottishTV.
1991 Animate! Award, the Arts Council and Channel 4.
1990 Artists’ Film, Video and Broadcasting Award, the Arts Council.
1990 Award of Merit, Cork Film Festival.
1989 Television South West and South West Arts Film Award.
1988 Film and Video Award, South West Arts.
Creative practice & artistic projects
2017 'On Location: Kayla Parker', Plymouth Arts Centre; Gallery in the Cinema artist’s moving image exhibition programme
2014 'Reach' (with Stuart Moore), Calstock Arts Centre, Cornwall; 360 gallery installation with surround sound
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
2009 to date 'One Minute' volumes 3-10, curated by Kerry Baldry, worldwide
2014-18 'The Birth of Memory', Exim Dance, UK
2012-18 'Move on Up; and 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 (British Council)
1998 'British Animation Awards: Public Choice', UK
1997 'Impakt 97: Stars on 35', Highlights Tour of the Netherlands
1996 'European Media Art Festival Tour', EMAF, Germany
1995 'Free Radicals', ICA Film and Video
1995 'What You See is What You Get', ICA Biennial of Independent Film and Video
1995 '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', EMAF, Germany
1990 'Metaphors, Monologues and Landscapes', Film and Video Umbrella, worldwide
1990 'Out of the West: Independent Film and Video', South West Arts, UK
1990 'Getting Animated', Arts Council, UK
Collections and archives
Animation Research Centre (ARC) Archive, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
Aniont (Animation Online Theatre), Czech Republic
ASIFA Archive, Cinematheque, Lausanne, Switzerland
British Council, London, UK
BFI National Archive
British Film and Video Artists' Study Collection, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
European Media Art Festival (EMAF) Archive, Osnabrück, Germany
Mediawave Archive, Győr, Hungary
National Media Museum, Bradford, UK
National Film and Television Archive (NFTVA), BFI Collections, British Film Institute, London, UK
National Review of Live Art (NRLA) Archive, University of Bristol, UK
PoetryFilm Archive, London, UKShort Film Archive, KurzFilmAgentur, Hamburg, Germany
Southbank Centre Poetry Library, London, UK
South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) Plymouth, UK
Sydney College of Arts, the University of Sydney, Australia
Videoteca de la Fundación Provincial de Cultura, Cádiz, Spain
The Children’s Film Library, the Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Women's Art Library (MAKE), Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
All titles: Sundog Media is the principal distributor and sales agent. Contact: email@example.com
LUX distributes 9 titles, Looks Familiar, Nuclear Family, Unknown Woman, Cage of Flame, Night Sounding, As Yet Unseen, Sunset Strip, Project, and Walking Out. Contact via: https://lux.org.uk/collection/how-to-order/distribution-request-form
Animate Projects distributes 3 titles: Cage of Flame, Sunset Strip, and Teign Spirit. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 'Framing memory: return to the zone' [chapter/conference proceedings, with Stuart Moore] in Costa Valenta A. (ed.) AVANCA | CINEMA 2018. Avanca: Edições Cine-Club de Avanca. Publication date: 25 July 2018. pp. 103-108.
2017 'On Location: landscape cinema and digital memory' [chapter/conference proceedings, with Stuart Moore] in Costa Valenta A., Capucho R. (eds) AVANCA | CINEMA 2017. Avanca: Edições Cine-Club de Avanca. Publication: 26 July 2017. pp. 251-255.
2017 '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. Publication: 24 April 2017. 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. Publication: 1 September 2016. pp. 140-144.
2013 'Jamming the machine: the personal-political in Annabel Nicolson's Reel Time' [chapter] in Rebecca Emmett (ed.) The Arts in popular culture in history. Plymouth: Plymouth University Press (UPP). 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.
Key publications are highlightedJournals
2020 'Camp Followers of the Cold War' Viewfinder magazine Issue 116 (autumn 2020) [essay, with Stuart Moore] (British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council). Available: https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/viewfinder/articles/camp-followers-of-the-cold-war/
2018 'Father-land: troubled dialogues in a divided island' in Arts Institute Research Stories 2016/17 [brochure, with Stuart Moore] Plymouth: University of Plymouth. pp. 17 and 18.
2017 'On Location' [moving image artwork and research statement] Screenworks Vol. 7 No. 3 Special Issue 'Radical Filmmaking' ed. Steve Presence. ISSN 2514-3123. Available: http://screenworks.org.uk
2016 'Co-creating in the landscape with Dominica Williamson' TAGSCAPE [catalogue essay for Leverhulme Trust Artist-in-residence exhibition at The Royal Geographic Society Annual International Conference, London, 30 August to 2 September 2016]. Plymouth: School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University.
2016 'Not playing ball: Steven Paige’s Let’s Go Bowling' [catalogue essay on printed broadsheet for Gallery in the Cinema artist’s film exhibition in the cinema at Plymouth Arts Centre, 5 to 14 April 2016]. Plymouth: Plymouth Arts Centre and Moving Image Arts.
2015 'Artwork - Kayla Parker - White Body' [film and artist's statement] Critical Contemporary Culture Journal Issue IV PLAY. 1 April 2015. London: LSE. Available: http://www.criticalcontemporaryculture.org/category/issues/issue-iv-play/
2014 'Blobs in tartan colours: Margaret Tait's Painted Eightsome' [essay] Frames Cinema Journal Issue 5 'Framing animation' October 2014. University of St Andrews. ISSN 2053-8812. Available: http://framescinemajournal.com/
2012 'Making Glass' [paper: critical reflection,video documentation with monologue, and film] with Stuart Moore, 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' [film, with research statement and peer reviews] in Charlotte Crofts (ed.) JMP Screenworks Volume 2 AVPhD Issue, Summer 2011.
2011 'White Body: animating feminine pleasure' [paper: written critical reflection, with film and film frame] Body, Space and Technology Journal Volume 10. Number 2. Summer 2011 [print and online]. Brunel University, West London. ISSN 1470-9120.
2010 'Memories wanted' [essay, with film and colour photographic series] in Nicholas Rombes (editor and convenor) REQUIEM // 102.Minute #2916 December 2010.
2010 'Art of research' [feature article/interview with Roberta Mock] in Lee Morgan (ed.) Arts Culture Plymouth Issue 3. June 2010 [print and online]. Exeter: News and Media Republic. pp. 26 - 30.
2002 'Icon: a light at the end of the world' [feature article] in Imagine: Animation/Digital Media/Post Production Spring 2002. Bristol: Greetlake. pp. 59 - 60.
2001 'Remembering Alison de Vere (1927 - 2001)' [feature article and obituary] in ASIFA News Volume 14. Number1. 2001. Ottawa: International Association of Animated Film. p. 16 [French translation p. 17; Russian translation p. 18].
2000 'Direct-it-Yourself Guide to Film-making,‘Face to Face: with Alison de Vere', and 'Mr Entertainment: Colin Rose' [x 3 feature articles] in Bel Mooney (ed.) Proof: Year of the Artist in the South West Summer 2000. Exeter: South West Arts ISSN 1470-5508 pp. 21;22 – 23; 24 - 25.
1998 ‘Sunset Strip’ [double-page feature, extractsfrom production diary, with enlarged colour film stills, front and back covers] Vicky Smith (ed.) Boiling: experimental animation Issue 1. October 1998. London: London Film Makers’ Co-op [no page numbers].
2007 Art of Conversation [online creative media education research project]. Plymouth: Sundog Media.
2006 Unity [site for cultural diversity project]. Plymouth: Plymouth College of Art and Design. Hosted by PCAD until summer 2010.
2005 Street Rat [online film production site] First Light (UK Film Council). Plymouth: Sundog Media.
2004 Wild Ideas: a Perfect World [online film production site] Wild Ideas, Bristol Natural History Consortium. Plymouth: Sundog Media.
2000 You Are Here [poetry film project documentation] Miniature Film Project, Poetry International, and Royal Mail. Plymouth: Sundog Media.
1997 Project [blog: film production diary] One Minute Film commission, London Film Makers’ Co-op. Plymouth: Sundog Media.
2011 'White Body' [film and artist’s statement] in HerStory (July 2011) [DVD of exhibition, 8 June - 8 July 2011, Link Gallery, University of Winchester] Winchester: Women’s Work.
2010 'Sunset Strip' [35mm film] in Animate TV: 20 Years of Experimental Animation from the UK [DVD of 23 selected films, with booklet]. London: Animate Projects.
2008 'White Body' [film and research statement,with peer reviews] in Screenwork2 AVPhD Issue [DVD showcase of practice-based doctorial research in screen media - moving image work on film, video and new media platforms]. Journal of Media Practice Volume 9, Issue 3,November 2008. Bristol: Intellect.
2003 'Sunset Strip' [film and production notes,with b/w studio photograph] in Louise Spraggon Into Animation: A Video Compilation and Teaching Guide [VHS and CD-ROM, with booklet]. London: BFI Education ISBN1-903786-10-X.
2001 'Physic' [digital film] in Dartmoor Lives and Landscapes [VHS and DVD]. Princetown: Aune Head Arts (AHA).
Exhibition catalogues and publications
2018 'Father-land' [with Stuart Moore, text and stills, pp. 79-90, and cover image; for exhibition at Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, 19 October 2018 - 12 January 2019] in Liz Wells (ed.) Layers of Visibility: NiMAC/University of Plymouth Artist Residencies 2013-2017. Plymouth: University of Plymouth Press.
2012 'Kayla Parker: Sunset Strip' [text and biog, with enlarged film frame, for continuous screenings 31 May - 26 August 2012, Canary Wharf Station, London] in Canary Wharf Screen -Season 2: Animate Projects Move on Up [16 selected films]. London: Art on the Underground. p. 7. Sunset Strip 35mm film artwork also featured on promotional materials, such as postcards and cloth shopping bags.
2008 Spectacular Visions [programme notes for film screenings, Jill Craigie Cinema] British Animation Awards 2008: Public Choice Awards. Plymouth: Peninsula Arts.
2004 'Project' in Memory, Narrative, Imaging the Un-see-able programme; and 'As Yet Unseen', 'Walking Out' and 'Elemental' in Cinema, Spectacle, Immersion programme [enlarged film stills], in Jackie Hatfield and Stephen Littman (eds. and curators) Experiments in Moving Image [exhibition publication, 26 January - 1 February 2004,University of Westminster] Margate: Thanet ISBN1-902458-06-0 pp. 49; 90; 91;92; 100; 105.
1994 'Kayla Parker' [double-page spread with large b/w photograph] in Brion Clinkingbeard (ed. and curator) Strandline: Where Plymouth Meets the Sea [exhibition publication, 23 April - 11 June 1994, Plymouth City Art Gallery] Plymouth: Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.
2006 'The Bigger Picture: Getting Animated' [reflection on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs] in Simon Cropper (ed.) Time Out 1000 Films to Change Your Life. London: Ebury ISBN978-1-904978-73-2 p. 101.
2005 Learning Companion (reprinted twice) [comprehensive guide to study for level 3 learners, x 64 pages]. Plymouth: Plymouth Learning and Work Partnership, and the 14 - 19 Pathfinder Project [author; design in collaboration with Stuart Moore; production: Sundog Media].
2012 'Teign Spirit' [large colour still, Coastcards section], and 'Sunset Strip' [large colour still 35mm artwork, penultimate page] with quotation from Kayla Parker, in Animate Projects: Experiments in Animation [brochure, print and online]. London: Animate Projects.
2008 'The Brothers Quay in Conversation withSuzanne Buchan' [drawings and text, x 4 Field Notes notebook pages] Proof magazine, Kate Jago (ed.) (Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 2008) Exeter: Portfolio Five. p. 20.
2006 'Sunset Strip' [x 9 colour film stills, inside back cover] Benjamin Cook and Gary Thomas (eds.) The Animate! Book: Rethinking Animation. London: LUX in collaboration with Arts Council England.ISBN 0-9548569-2-9.
2006 'Cage of Flame' and 'Project' [large colour film stills] in 'Images' chapter Jackie Hatfield (ed.) Experimental Film and Video: A New Anthology. Eastleigh: John Libbey ISBN0-86196-664-3 p. 275.
2005 'Cage of Flame' [large film still, the cover image; b/w photograph by Stuart Moore] an.schlage: das feministische magazin (March, 03/2005). Vienna: Redaktion.
2003 'Metamorphosis' [16mm filmstrip], 'Sunset Strip', 'Walking Out' and 'Running Horse' [enlarged colour frames] in Drawing on film section; 'Cage of Flame' [large colour film still: Woman in Smoke] in Themes: Didactic section, in Richard Taylor The Encyclopaedia of Animation Techniques (revised edition, 2003; original edition, 1996). London: Quarto ISBN 0-240-51488-2 pp.64 – 65; 131. 'Walking Out' film frame also included on front cover of dust jacket.
1996 'Cage of Flame' [enlarged 16mm film still, from b+w photograph by Stuart Moore] in 'Kayla Parker' double-page feature, David Curtis (ed.) A Directory of British Film and Video Artists. Luton: John Libbey and Arts Council of England ISBN 1-86020-003-6. Cover image and pp. 138 – 139; 223.
1996 'As Yet Unseen' [enlarged film still, the cover image, exhibition programme] (July - September 1996). London: London Film-Makers’ Co-op.
1993 'Unknown Woman' [x 2 colour 16mm film frames] in Ilona Halberstadt (ed.) PIX 1. ISSN 0967 8727.
1992 'Unknown Woman' [colour enlarged film still], and 'A-Z: Parker, Kayla GB' [bio/filmography] in Jayne Pilling (ed.) Women and Animation: A Compendium. London: British Film Institute ISBN0-85170-377-1 pp. 80 - 81; pp. 133 -134.
Online Presence and Global Media Development: From 2009 Onward, for Land/Water and the Visual Arts research group, School of Art and Media, University of Plymouth (July 2010)
Creating a Balance: Lecturing and PhD Study for Research and Graduate Committee, MADr (Media, Art and Design Research Centre), School of Art and Media, University of Plymouth (June 2010)
AURORA 2007: Possible Worlds, for Plymouth Media-Partnership (PM-P) (2007)
Annual evaluation reports for the BME and cultural diversity projects led by Kayla Parker at Plymouth College of Art and Design, for The Learning and Skills Council (co-authored with Carolyn Stoakes, 2004, 2005 and 2006)
Greenlink Environmental Arts Project evaluation report. Plymouth: Plymouth City Council and Arts Council England (co-authored with Stuart Moore; production: Sundog Media)
Reports & invited lectures
'Sea-ing Differently' presentation for Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership forum, hosted by National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth. 4 May 2023
'Maelstrom at Devil's Point' artist's talk and screening for Clan-Kind, the Mayflower 400 project led by the Conscious Sisters, Plymouth, UK. 28 May 2020
'Flows of Entanglement: Water Workshop' talk and participatory activities for delegates on board cruise boat, Plymouth Sound and River Tamar; Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment’s Biennial Conference, Plymouth, UK. 5 September 2019
'Experience not Object: the Personal Cinema of Malcolm Le Grice' Art Bite gallery talk for Malcolm Le Grice: Present Moments and Passing Time exhibition, Plymouth Arts Centre and Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth. 2 March 2017
'Seeing is Believing?' Art Bite gallery talk for Searching for Genius: Douglas Gordon exhibition, Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth. 2 November 2016
Careers in Academia [20 minute talk, postgraduate research training event for PhD students and research staff from Health, Social Science, Arts and Humanities] the Graduate School, Plymouth University. 16 March 2016
Ben Rivers: Short Films [introductory talk, with discussion after the screening] Plymouth Arts Centre. 11 February 2016
'Bodies of Water' [introductory talk, with discussion after the screening] for programme of artists' moving image curated in response to the Royal West of England Academy exhibition The Power of the Sea, RWA Bristol. 3 May 2014
‘Moving space and time: an introduction to artists’ moving image’ [lecture, 90 minutes] for Sweet FA: A Journey through Artists' Film, an initiative between Sundog Media and Plymouth Arts Centre; at Plymouth Arts Centre. 24 October 2013
'Liquidity' [introduction to curated screening programme, 55 minutes] Water: Image conference, presented by Land/Water and the Visual Arts; at Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University. 4 - 6 July 2012
Thursdays @ One [gallery talk on Luke Fowler’s Flutter screen 16mm installation, 60 minutes] for the British Arts Show 7: In the Days of the Comet (BAS7); Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth University (for Peninsula Arts). 24 November 2011
Screen Talk [introduction to Patrick Keiller's film 'Robinson in Ruins'], Jill Craigie Cinema, Plymouth University (for Peninsula Arts). 24 October 2011
Close-up: the view from here [talk] for Salon South West: Peep Show at the Octagon, in response to the themes of Project Space 11’s Peep Show presentation of moving image work by members of the Subjectivity and Feminisms Research Group at Chelsea College of Art and Design. The Octagon Social Club, Stonehouse, Plymouth. 28 October 2010
Animation Symposium, Screen Studies South West [round table discussion, 60 minutes] Industry,Practice and Animation Education: panel member, with Tom Walsh (AUCB, chair); Tom Barnes (Aardman Animation Ltd); Mark Cass (EscapeStudios); Chris Gunningham (King Rollo); Richard Haynes (Cosgrove Hall/Aardman); and Stuart Moore (University College Plymouth, Marjon/Sundog Media); Arts University College at Bournemouth. 30 March 2010
Evolution: Case study of two moving image projects: As Yet Unseen and Inner City [visiting artist film-maker's talk charting the journey from idea to presentation of the mediation of that idea to an audience]; for MA Contemporary Film Practice, Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth. 11 March 2010
Sunset Strip: a year watching the sun set [visiting artist film-maker's talk about the 35mm film of the visual music of 365 setting suns]; for MA Contemporary Film Practice, Faculty of Arts, University of Plymouth. 25 November 2009
Wendy and Lucy [film seminar and discussion of Kelly Reichardt's film: exploring the theme of interior landscape in relation to exterior environment, and the tensions played out within the context of the interrupted personal journey of one woman and her dog]; Film Academy, Plymouth Arts Centre. 28 April 2009
Seminar presentation for SURGE TO MERGE: Creative Industries and Cultural Regeneration, University of Plymouth conference organised by Joasia Krysa, Geoff Cox and Roslyn Porter in partnership with Plymouth Arts Centre; held at Plymouth Arts Centre. 17 March 2005. My paper asked: How do art and creativity sit within the economic agenda? and explored the role that creativity - with its unpredictable and unruly nature - might play in the new Plymouth, and showed how artists have reclaimed public space through interventions such as street art using graffiti, posters and stickers, performance art, and digital media.
Meet the Industry [panel member] event organised by Honeycomb Animation, Animated Exeter festival, at Exeter Picturehouse. 19 February 2000
Animate [panel presentation] Arts Council of England and Channel 4 event, at the Lux Centre, London. 18 November 1999
Animate [panel presentation] Arts Council of England and Channel 4 event, International Animation Festival; St David's Hall, Cardiff. 1 June 1996
Innovation '93: The First Manchester International Film Forum curated by Moira Sweeney, Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK. A Television Affair panel discussion exploring the effectiveness of strategies to get experimental and innovative moving image onto television screens Ana De Skalon producer of The South, Brazilian film-maker Jorge Furtodo, Kayla Parker "film-maker based in the South West", and Rod Stoneman commissioning editor at Channel 4. 30 March - 4 April 1993
Presentation for Women in Animation event organised by the Karen Alexander and the BFI; the Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI), London. 1992
Territories Land/Water and the Visual Arts symposium, University of Plymouth; co-convener with Heidi Morstang. 22 and 23 June 2017
Journeys and Transmission Land/Water and the Visual Arts symposium, University of Plymouth; lead, co-convener with Polly Macpherson and Carole Baker. 16 and 17 June 2016
Artists and Film: Autonomy and Industry symposium University of Plymouth; presented by Visual Arts South West, River Tamar Project, Moving Image Arts (MIA), Sweet FA; co-organiser and presenter with Anya Lewin, Grace Davies, and Paula Orrell. 4 October 2014
Time around Space 360 conference, University of Plymouth; co-organiser with Mat Emmett, David Hotchkiss, David Hilton, David Strang, Martin Woolner. 21 and 22 June 2013
Unfolding Narrative Moving Image Arts (MIA) symposium, University of Plymouth; co-organiser with Anya Lewin, Heidi Morstang and John Sealey. 23 and 24 May 2013
Zombies: Walking, Eating and Performance symposium, University of Plymouth; co-organiser, with Lee Miller, Roberta Mock, and Phil Smith. 12 and 13 April 2013
f-word 2 feminist interdisciplinary research symposium, University of Plymouth; co-organiser with Liz Wells, Roberta Mock, James Daybell and Mhairi Mackie. 9 March 2010
f-word feminist interdisciplinary research symposium, University of Plymouth; co-organiser with Liz Wells, Roberta Mock, James Daybell and Mhairi Mackie. 19 February 2009
Other academic activities
2020 to date Early Career Researcher network co-ordinator, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business
2019 to date Research Ethics and Integrity committee, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business
2018 to date Arts Institute programming group (moving image and cinema advisor)
2016-20 Arts Institute steering group (Early Career Researcher representative)
2010-13 School of Art and Media Research and Graduate Committee (representing staff doctoral candidates)
2008-13 Peninsula Arts Film Programme Advisory Committee
2009-10 Faculty of Arts Practice and Work Experience Group
2008-10 Race Equality Action Scheme Sub-committee (Faculty of Arts representative), and member of Faculty of Arts Equality and Diversity Committee
Widening participation, engagement and enterprise initiatives include:
Lighthouse 16mm film poem inspired by Smeaton's Tower on Plymouth Hoe, winner of the Animated Exeter Young Ones Award (under 18s category), and the Young Motion Plymouth Award 2012; shortlisted for a Kids for Kids UK film award (Animation category) 2012.
Created with students from the After School Media Club at Sir John Hunt Community Sports College; made possible with generous support from Faculty of Arts Widening Participation, Media Arts, Contemporary Film Practice, and Peninsula Arts with Plymouth University; Sundog Media and Plymouth Arts Centre.
Premiere screening in Jill Craigie Cinema during the 16mm Unravel animation workshop day in the Roland Levinsky Building, presented by Peninsula Arts, 5 November 2011. Selected for the Animated Exeter festival 2012, screened at East End Film Festival (CineEast: Whirlykids programme, 1 July 2012), and shown in secondary schools across County Durham during autumn 2012.
For details see: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/ba-creative-media/lighthouse
Unity led a series of projects at Plymouth College of Art and Design (PCAD, 2003-06) to improve the learning experience and maximise the level of attainment and progression by BME students, and to promote cultural diversity and establish partnerships with BME organisations in the city; funded by three Ethnic Minority Student Achievement Grant (EMSAG) awards and other grant awards from The Learning and Skills Council. In addition to the programmes of college-wide activities, initiatives included:
- a residency by Punjabi-British artist Chila Kumari Burman
- the recording and release of Beyond Words a hip hop/rap album by Jibi/The Loane Ranger; produced by Kristian Sharpe
- Diversity Day, a collaborative day event at Sherwell Church with the University of Plymouth Students Union (UPSU) during Fair Trade Week, for BME students across Plymouth
- D-Day: a day event at PCAD, celebrating diversity and multiculturalism; with a 40 foot-long outdoor graffiti wall, film screenings, non-stop music and jewellery-making workshops
- a jumble sale hosted by the Printing Department to raise funds to provide rough sleeper kits for asylum seekers in Plymouth, made destitute when their application for refugee status was refused.