Research has become an intrinsic part of my practice, helping me to understand the work I make.

I use autoethnography as a way of reflecting on the processes I use, and the outcomes I make, through narrative writing.

Recent research

A Letter to my Project – heartfelt correspondence with a creative project which did not go entirely to plan.
Hysteria: an examination – reflecting on the process of collection, interpretation and editing involved in making an animated documentary film from archive material.
One Day Retrospective – a proposition for other practitioners (using myself as a case study) to stage an exhibition reviewing many years’ work, inviting critical feedback from other artists and guests.

Alys on panel at Barbican, 2017
LIAF panel, Barbican 2017 L-R: Abigail Addison, Steve Henderson, Alys Scott-Hawkins, Sarah Ann Kennedy, Kim Noce


Interview and work featured in book: Animation in Context: A Practical Guide to Theory and Making, Mark Collington, Bloomsbury, 2016

Interview: Fundamentals of Animation (2nd edition),  Paul Wells and Samantha Moore, Bloomsbury, 2016.

Book chapter: ‘Whose Body Is It?’ in Animating the Unconscious: Desire, Sexuality and Animation, ed. Jayne Pilling, Columbia University Press, 2012 Review in Skwigly magazine

Work featured in book: Tricky Women_Animations Film Kunst von Frauen (Animated Films by Women), eds. Birgitt Wagner & Waltraud Grausgruber, Shuren Verlag, 2011

Work featured on DVD: Sexuality & Desire: Animating the Unconscious, ed. Jayne Pilling, British Animation Awards, 2007 Review in Animation: an interdisciplinary journal

Work featured in book: 100 Artists-in-Residence, eds. Linda Klosel & Claudia Gasteiger, MQW, Austria 2007

More detail on my research at


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