Glyndwr Creative Futures Week 2015

Glyndwr Creative Futures 2015
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Date(s) - 05/03/2015
10:00 am - 11:00 am

William Aston Hall

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PUBLIC EVENT – Creative Futures Glyndwr Presents:

___Susan Young – There and Back Again: An Animated Journey___
Director Susan Young shares her experience of setting up and running an animated commercials company, the advantages and pitfalls of going it alone, and her eventual return to academic study at the Royal College of Art.

While studying graphic design at Liverpool Polytechnic, Susan was introduced to the idea that animation could be both a vehicle for the expression of emotion and a means of political commentary. Inspired by this, she made Thin Blue Lines, a film that describes the Toxteth riots of 1981 from a personal perspective.

Carnival, Susan’s 1985 Royal College of Art MA graduation film, features the calligraphic line, fluidity and metamorphic movement that came to define her commercial work.

On leaving the RCA she was commissioned by the United Nations to direct The Doomsday Clock, a film about multilateral disarmament, with co-director Jonathan Hodgson. Subsequently Young focused on the combination of music and animation, collaborating with musicians including David Byrne (Beleza Tropical: Umbabarauma), record producers such as Alan Douglas (Jimi Hendrix: Fire), and record labels including Island Records and Island Visual Arts. Susan has directed title sequences for major sporting events such as the World Cricket Series and the BAFTA- nominated American Football Big Match, but most of her commercial practice revolved around advertising, where she quickly established an international reputation as an animation director with a unique drawing style.

Susan has recently returned to academic study and is currently exploring the therapeutic potential of animation in relation to psychological trauma at the Royal College of Art as part of a practice-based PhD.


In 2015, Creative Futures Glyndwr opens it’s doors to the public for the first time and all for FREE. Public seats are limited availability so don’t forget to book your place via Eventbrite

FREE EVENT | Thursday 5th March | 10:00 – 11:00am
(For Public admission advance tickets must be booked via Eventbrite:
William Aston Hall,
Mold Road,
LL11 2AW

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