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Helen Piercy

Helen is Lecturer on BA (Hons) Animation and BA (Hons) Animation and Visual Effects.

Helen Piercy is a multidisciplinary filmmaker and award winning children’s author. With degrees in BA (Hons) Graphic Design from NUA and MA Animation Direction from The National Film and Television School, Helen began her career working as a freelance animator in London before launching her own business as a filmmaking educator. She has previously lectured at the NFTS and acted as student mentor for Central Saint Martins MA Character Animation.


My current research focuses on animated movement within surrealist landscapes, visual humour and memory, combined to form cohesive narratives. As a moving image director, my work spans 2D, stop motion animation and live action – combining traditional animation processes and contemporary film making technology. My films have been selected to showcase at acclaimed animation festivals, such as Edinburgh International Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival and the London Short Film Festival.

My teaching practice has included working with high profile museums and creative institutions such as the British Film Institute, Barbican, Museum of London and the Saatchi Galley. My authored works include Animation Studio, an interactive guide to animation, published by Walker Books.

Research Outputs

  • 2017: Director of Education for Animated Women UK
  • 2015: Publication – The Zu3d Animation Handbook
  • 2014: Guest Speaker (Animated Women UK)
  • 2014: ‘Goodbye Mr Pink’ showcased on, Dazed and Confused online.
  • 2014: Animation Studio – Nuremberg International Toy Fair book prize
  • 2013: Publication: Animation Studio, Walker Books
  • 2010: ‘Goodbye Mr Pink’ – Stop Motion Prize at Animex