Alys is an artist and researcher who works with drawing, animation and documentary. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, she worked for 12 years as an independent animation director, followed by teaching at Central St. Martin’s, Camberwell, and Arts University Bournemouth, for BAFTA and BBC.
Her film work has won multiple awards, and been screened at more than 30 festivals. Exhibitions include Parasol Unit, London, the Biennale circuit, Venice and the Freud Museum, Vienna. With Ellie Land, she runs AnimatedDocumentary.com, an online resource featuring films, news and events from the non-fiction animation community.
What is your favourite British animation of all time?
’15th February’ by Tim Webb: funny, sad, dark, beautiful, mundane, rhythmic, unexpected – it’s got everything.
What’s the best thing about working in the industry?
For me it’s been the people I’ve met: clever, funny, determined, and massive show-offs when they let loose.
Provide a quirky quote or comment
- Animation is a way of looking, telling stories, making sense of things. For me, it’s not a fantasy space but a prism through which the world looks different.