Mr Steve Arnott

Senior Lecturer, Animation

Arnott Steve
Email address: Phone number: 01902 323493 Location: MK616 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Media Areas of expertise: Animation


Steve Arnott has an MA in Film and Animation from the Royal College of Art in London and a BA in Design and Communication from Staffordshire University. Steve is currently studying for a PhD at the University or Worcester.

His primary subject is animation for children. His main areas of expertise are in stop motion animation, electronic image manipulation and toy theatre. He is also an expert on historic/traditional forms of storytelling and collector of related artefacts from various periods in history.

Steve’s projects emulate historic imagery, and at the same time challenge traditional themes of narrative structure through the use of digital media. He has worked closely with Edmond Fawdry, Director of Pollock’s Toy Museum and Paul J. Weighell, Curator of Collections. His work has been acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum for the theatre collection and is on show at the V&A Museum of Childhood. His work has also been presented by the BBC.

Research interests

  • Arnott, S. (2010) Toy Theatre Trilogy. London: Pollock’s Toy Museum, Pollock’s Toy Theatres Ltd.
  • Arnott, S. (2010) A small History of Toy Theatre. Strasbourg: Festival du Film de Strasbourg, Annual Programme Without Frontiers. 
  • Arnott, S. (2009) Get Ready for the 2012 Olympic Games. Corsham: Council for Subject Associations.
  • Arnott, S. (2008) Olympic Stories of Unexpected Heroes. Worcester: International Research Centre: Children's Literature, Literacy and Creativity, University of Worcester.
  • Arnott, S. (2007) Cinderella. London: Pollock’s Toy Museum, Pollock’s Toy Theatres Ltd.
  • Arnott, S. (2007) I’m and Old Cowhand and Waiting for the Number 1 . London: The Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Childhood.
  • Arnott, S. (2006) Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. London: Pollock’s Toy Museum, Pollock’s Toy Theatres Ltd.
  • Arnott, S. (2006) Sherlock Holmes – The Hound of the Baskervilles. London: Pollock’s Toy Museum, Pollock’s Toy Theatres Ltd.

Experience in industry

Steve has worked in advertising, television and special effects. He continues to produce his own films and maintains close links with industry.

Further information

Awards include:

  • Greater London Arts Production award,
  • London Video Arts Video postcard award,
  • British Animation Awards, Student animator,
  • BP Expo Student animator award,
  • Chicago Film Festival Silver medal.