Born in Stirling in 1914, Norman McLaren studied set design at the Glasgow School of Art and, after working in London and New York, he moved to Canada in 1941. Here he began working for the National Film Board and also set up an animation studio. McLaren developed a variety of groundbreaking experimental animation techniques including developing a form of ‘camera-less animation’ by directly drawing onto film.
His genius was recognised worldwide with a string of awards for his work including an Oscar for his short film Neighbours in 1953. While film was McLaren’s favourite medium he also produced paintings, pastels and screenprints in parallel with his film work. The University of Stirling holds the Norman McLaren archive - several of his works are on display in Pathfoot A corridor.