The Parts & Labour exhibition sets out to celebrate, subvert and confound our expectations of what animation is, bringing together different artistic approaches that connect through their exploration of the concept of animation as craft. It features 21 cutting edge animated films selected from an international open call that attracted 198 entries. The works are grouped under three headings: Industry, Manufacture and Material. Artist include: Kristian Andrews, Jane Cheadle, Sophie Clements, James Duesing, Richard Fenwick, Martial Guillaume, Vicky Smith, Catherine Anyango, Jake Fried, Jonathan Gillie, Michaela Grill, Rui Hu, Wednesday Kim, Peter Millard, Edwin Rostron, Steven Subotnick, Sebastian Buerkner, Kent Lambert, David Theobald, Sean Vicary, Alan Warburton
Parts & Labour explores the idea of animation as something that is made – whether physically, digitally, or both – and is evidence that animation is a medium at the forefront of artistic and creative innovation, and the development of new techniques and approaches. The exhibition champions the animation artist and maker, and highlights their work and skill.
During the course of the exhibition there are three special screenings in the Gallery of work by Steve Reinke, Harun Farocki, and Am1nation - one minute animations by 30 of the UK’s leading animation artists, originally curated by London Animation Club’s Martin Pickles for One Minute Hull.
Animate OPEN Prize
The Animate OPEN Prize of £1,500 is awarded to American artist Jake Fried, for his film Brain Lapse (2014). The Animate OPEN Jury was: Louise Clements (Artistic Director, QUAD), Ruth Jarman (artist, Semiconductor), Chris Robinson (Artistic Director, Ottawa International Animation Festival) and Gary Thomas (Animate Projects).