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Jessica Ashman is a multidisciplinary artist working in animation moving image, music (under the name of Spirit Sigh) performance and installation.
Her work focuses on creating experimental narratives that explore gender, identity and race, drawing on the wider stories of the Black British diaspora communities she was raised in, in particular, the histories and oral testimonies that have been lost or hidden in these communities. Black radical theory and science fiction are also a heavy influence on Ashman’s practice, especially when it comes narrative world building.

She is a BAFTA in Scotland (2011) award winning animator, and MA Animation graduate (2014) from the Royal College of Art. Her work has been supported by Focal Point Gallery, Animate Projects, Jerwood Visual Arts Bursary, Arts Council England, UK Film Council and Channel 4's Random Acts. In 2020, Jessica was nominated for an Arts Foundation Futures Awards for Experimental Short Animation.

Jessica’s films have been exhibited in over 60 film festivals internationally, including The Edinburgh International Film Festival, London Short Film Festival and Encounters Short Film Festival.  She has also been selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus, Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab and B3 Media’s Talent Lab.

Jessica teaches her practice with workshops that explore cultural identity, belonging and histories of oppression, having worked with the Tate, ICA and Wellcome Trust. She is also an associate lecturer in Animation at Goldsmiths.

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