Professor Nicky Hamlyn

Professor in Experimental Film, UCA Canterbury

Academic, School of Fine Art | Photography and Visual Communication

Professor Nicky Hamlyn is a celebrated British filmmaker, artist and published author working in Structural film, who has been making films for over four decades. He is Professor in Experimental Film at UCA Canterbury.

Nicky works as a filmmaker, writer and occasional curator of artists’ film and video, as well as showing regular programmes of work in seminars. He studied Fine Art at Reading University, eventually concentrating on filmmaking. He worked at the London Filmmakers’ Co-op as workshop organiser and at the BBC for several years as an assistant film editor and dubbing editor. Nicky was co-founder and editor of Undercut journal, started at the LFMC.

Nicky started teaching at KIAD Maidstone, which eventually became part of UCA. His teaching has covered all aspects of artists’ film and video production from the 1920s to the present day. He has also run seminars in the history and theory of artists’ film, video, music (aspects of The C20 avant-garde) and related topics.

Nicky has also published widely on artists’ film and video, including magazine and journal reviews and essays and a book-length study, Film Art Phenomena (BFI, 2003). He co-edited and contributed to a study of the films of the Austrian filmmaker Kurt Kren: Kurt Kren: Structural Films (Intellect, 2016) and, with Vicky Smith, co-edited and part-authored the book Experimental and Expanded Animation: New Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (since 2000).

External examination:

  • BA Moving Image, University of Brighton, 2008-12 
  • Module consultant and external examiner, English, Film & Media, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 2005-10
  • External examiner, University of Derby, Fine Art Film and Video, 2003-07
  • External examiner to Northbrook College, Worthing, BA Media Arts & Society, 2001-05 
  • External examiner to University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, Hull, 1997-01

Research Outputs

Key outputs on UCARO:

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