Since March 2014 I have been a Lecturer at UNSW Art, Design & Architecture, where I teach 3D visualisation, animation and media arts. As an educator with industry experience, I believe in encouraging my students to explore their creative potential within a supportive and productive studio-class setting. I'm an avid educator, animator and artist with more than 10 years higher education experience and an animation and visual art practice of over 20 years. I've had the opportunity to collaborate with film makers, artists and designers on inspiring projects.
Among my achievements I have accomplished writing and directing two short animations, gaining Screen Australia funding and several short film awards and nominations, including a nomination for Best Short Film for 'Pending' at the Venice Film Festival 2002. I worked on the SBS supported animation series "Heirlooms" which earned recognition with a shortlisting at the Annecy Animation Festival in 2011 and co-led a team of UNSW art and design students in a collaboration with international designer Bruce Mau on a multi-screen animation for his Design For All the Senses solo performance in Sydney in 2022.
I'm dedicated to staying at the forefront of industry trends and education skills.
3rd Intenational Festival of CinemaSantiago Chile 2003 1st prize for Experimental Animation for 'Pending'
2023 Current: 'Making Good Media' - In partnership with the UNSW Innovation Lab, Massive Action Sydney and GDH Digital.
2023: Local Committee Member for the SIGGRAPH Asia 2023 conference in Sydney as mentor and guide for four students from UNSW School of Art and Design in Term 2. As their mentor, I worked closely with the students to create engaging graphic, video, and animation assets to enhance the conference's web and digital presence that will reach a conference audience of thousands.
2022: Co-lead of the Visual Design and Animation team for the Design for All the Senses (DFAS) performance (Sept 2022) in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture. This collaboration with renowned designer Bruce Mau directly incorporated my teaching practice through the provision of in-situ industry placements two talented UNSW students. Together, we worked on the design of captivating multi-screen animations to enhance Bruce Mau’s immersive performance.
2021: Invited panelist; ‘Women in CG’ (online) Siggraph Asia Tokyo 2021. https://sa2021.siggraph.org/en/attend/birds-of-a-feather/15/session_slot/1016
2021: Invited judge: Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards. https://atomawards.org/2021-judge/anna-tow/