Professor Birgitta Hosea is an artist, animator and curator working with expanded animation and performance drawing. She was previously Head of Animation at the Royal College of Art (2016-8), Course Director of MA Character Animation (2000-15) and Research Leader in Performance (2011-4) at Central Saint Martins.
Professor Birgitta Hosea has previously taught in Azerbaijan, USA, Romania, Austria, Sweden and China, where she is a Visiting Professor at Chengdu University.
Making, teaching, curating and writing about moving image, in 2017 she co-curated Boundary Crossings, an artists’ residency and exhibition of animated installation art, with artist Rose Bond at PNCA, Portland, Oregon, USA. As part of her teaching practice, she has worked on public engagement projects with major museums and archives such as the National Gallery, ENO, London Transport Museum, National Theatre Archives, RSC, the Wellcome Digital Collection and the V&A, which involved using animation to reinterpret and recontextualise artefacts from the collections in order to make them accessible to different audiences.
Initially, she studied an undergraduate degree in Film and Drama at Glasgow University and a postgraduate diploma in Theatre Design at Glasgow School of Art before working commercially in art direction and design for performance. A few years later, she followed a Foundation course in Computing and Fine Art with an MA in Digital Imaging and Animation at Sir John Cass School of Art, London Guildhall University. With experience of freelancing in commercial motion graphics and character animation as animator or director, she became an Adobe Certified Expert and Senior Demo Artist for Adobe. Subsequently, her interdisciplinary, practice-based PhD at Central Saint Martins on animation as a form of performance synthesised all of these fields of practice.