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Sara Nesteruk works on an intersection of graphic film, using

motion graphics. Sara is a Lecturer in Graphic Design and

Animation and holds a PhD from Leeds Beckett University.

Sara is a member of AHRC peer review college from 2022–

2026 and a fellow of the RSA. Major publications include

conference presentations at the University of Cambridge,

University of Glasgow (forthcoming) and the Ministry of Culture

and Information Policy of Ukraine. Film festivals and screenings

in 2022 include national and international festivals in

Berlin, Split, Edinburgh and Ukraine. Sara’s PhD project,

Recipes for Baking Bread won best experimental short film at

Intershort Festival 2022. Recipes for Baking Bread won an

Artists’ International Development Award from Arts Council

England in 2017. Part of this award was a residency at

the Holodomor Museum in Kyiv and two solo exhibitions,

one in Kyiv and one in Salford. Original contributions to

research from this project include work on Jerry Berman’s

letters. This is a collection of documented, observed

accounts from Holodomor in Ukraine in 1932 and 1933. These

project materials have attracted significant attention in

both Ukraine and UK. A collection of these letters are now

available at the Holodomor Museum in Kyiv and online.

         Sara’s works have large audiences at film festivals and

online platforms. Media appearances include Ukrainian

national television and radio, Frieze magazine and work

featured in Time Out, the Guardian and The Times. Film

commissions include motion graphics for documentary

feature Croatia: Defining a Nation in 2022. Director for this

project is Louis Myles, production company Fever Media

and client FIFA+. Film commissions include two commissions

for The School of life. Why We (Sometimes) Wish Those We

Love Might Die, from 2017 now has 255,000 views on Youtube.

Sara’s first short film, The Accident, was a commission

from Channel 4 in 2007. This project has appeared at national

and international festivals and premiered at the Edinburgh

Film Festival in 2007. Forthcoming exhibitions include a solo

show for Recipes for Baking Bread at Bury Art Museum,

Manchester. This is publication and screenings, exhibition of

practice-based research from doctoral work. This is five

short films exploring stories from Holodomor in 1932 and 1933.

         Teaching expertise over 18 years of lecturing experience. Sara’s

research interests are in motion graphics. This includes

film production, histories, memories and commercial

television. In particular this draws upon Sara’s

commercial experience in positions in design at BBC Broadcast

and BBC Sport. Specific design focuses are working with

maps and cartographies. This includes visual materials,

historical data, maps, archives and production

technologies using GIS mapping. Recent student projects

include the George Wood Project in collaboration with

Heritage Quay, 2016 and Survivors’ Stories and Motion Graphics

in collaboration with Holocaust Centre North 2022. Sara

is focusing current work on decolonisation of Ukrainian

film histories. This is in specific reference to works by

VUFKU and Oleksandr Dovzhenko. Available for PhD

supervision.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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