Ali Aschman

Pathway Leader Animation & Film for Pre-degree and Lecturer for Graduate School

Pathway Leader Animation & Film for Foundation and Extended Diploma- Moving Image Lab Leader at Graduate School

Ali is a London-based artist and filmmaker from South Africa and the United States, making experimental narrative work through the disciplines of drawing, sculpture, installation, and animation. Her award-winning short films explore psychological identity through visual metaphor.  

Ali has exhibited at numerous galleries in the US, including solo and two-person shows at Northwestern University and Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Centre, and has screened her films at festivals worldwide. Since moving to the UK in 2017, she has focused on directing and animating short films, music videos, and other independent freelance projects.  

‘Shadow Passage’, a stop-motion puppet film about a woman exploring her own psyche through a sequence of identical yet progressively smaller rooms inhabited by multiple selves, won the Zealous Stories Animation Prize and a Highly Commended Entry Award from the Phenakistoscope Awards, was shortlisted for The Next Thing Moving Image Award, and is a Vimeo Staff Pick. 

Ali has a BA in Fine Art and Philosophy from the University of Cape Town (2006), an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2014), and an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art (2019).