Michaela French

Lecturer, Illustration and Animation

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Fine art , Illustration, drawing and book art , Graphic design and typography

Michaela is an artist and researcher working in the areas of time-based media and fine art. Her practice is interdisciplinary with projects spanning live performance, dance, planetaria and spatial design.

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Colour, light and movement are fundamental to Michaela’s practice, which ranges from projected image environments to narrative film, from live performance to fine art exhibition. Her work incorporates moving image, animation, compositing and projection as well as traditional techniques of painting, printmaking, illustration and graphic design.

Michaela is enrolled on the MPhil in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art, London. Her current practice and research investigates how light and the experience of wonder can reveal the edges of human understanding.

Research interests

  • Light and colour
  • Moving image and time-based media
  • Projection environments & digital media
  • Interdisciplinary practice
  • Animation, compositing and motion graphic design
  • Perception, experience and interaction.

Areas of research supervision

  • Light and colour
  • Moving image and time-based media
  • Projection environments and digital media
  • Interdisciplinary practice


  • Bachelor of Arts (Visual) – Printmaking and Animation, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Australia
  • Graduate Diploma in Film and Television Production, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Australia
  • Master of Art – Digital Media, Australian Film, Television and Radio School, Australia
  • MPhil Information Expereince Design, Royal College of Art, London UK (current)

Selected recent publications


2013: A Collected History of Light. Nostalgias: Visualising Longing Conference Exhibition, 1-12 November 2013, Pie Factory Gallery, Margate, UK.

2010: Colour Sampler. The Gravelly Barn Art Studio, Braughing, UK.

Live performances - projection environments

2014: Carnival of the Animals. 25 June-2 July 2014, Out of the Box Festival, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, Australia.

2010: Structure and Sadness. 18-22 August, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Massachusetts, USA.

Recent presentations and conferences

19th International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Maps of Time: exploring the rhythms of a mediated world, 7-16 June 2013, Sydney, Australia.

Working Wonder Conference, Light and the Experience of Wonder, 14 June 2013, Newcastle University, UK.

Peer-reviewed conference publications

French, M. and Gazzard, A., 2013. Maps of Time: exploring the rhythms of a mediated world. ISEA2013, 9-16 June 2013, Sydney, Australia.