This new exhibition brings together imaginative artists including the world famous Aardman Animations to create a free interactive exhibition which celebrates the diverse world of animation. New commissions include Mark Hewis’s innovative installation, which combines time-lapse animation of plant-life with a giant, slow motion zoetrope, and Space Cadet’s colourful projections onto a giant Day of the Dead inspired inflatable skull.
Visitors will see their faces come to life and fly around with wings, watch their friends become skeleton avatars and create their own animations at interactive ‘Animation Stations’ with a little help from Aardman Studios, the makers of Morph, Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. The exhibition features several animation techniques, from a 3D zoetrope, to computer generated images and the use of virtual reality headsets.
There will also be a fantastic display featuring Morph the animated clay character who made his TV debut in 1977 in the children’s BBC art programme Take Hart. He was created by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, the co-founders of Aardman Animations and went on to become a regular fixture on children’s television throughout the 70s and 80s.
AniMotion is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and has been developed in collaboration with darts (Doncaster Community Arts) and The Civic, Barnsley.
Animators and artists commissioned to make new works for Animotion: Impossible, David Urwin, Eleanor Meredith, Mark Hewis, Spacecadets and Michele Panegrossi.
AniMotion Workshops - Saturday 24 October - Animotion Fun Day
To celebrate the opening of the AniMotion exhibition, join animators and 20-21 staff in a fun-packed day of animation and drawing. Activities include ‘Claymation’ creatures with Helen Piercy and green-screen magic with David Urwin. - 10am to 4pm. Drop-in, Suitable for 8+
Tuesday 27 October - Coding Capers - Parents are welcome to take part in the afternoon session to work with their child to find out more about coding and what it involves. Join Sparkbox artist Michael Dunn and learn the basics of Raspberry Pi (credit card sized computers), and open source programmes to code your own creations. - Book-in, suitable for 8+, £2.50 per person - 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 3.30pm,
Thursday 29 October - Sprites Alive - Under the expert guidance of Zoe Slater from North Lindsey College, learn how to create an animated sprite for a simple computer game. - 10am to 12 noon & 1pm and 4pm - Drop-in. Suitable for 10+
Saturday 5 December - Animated Christmas - Join Animation Nation to create your own animated Christmas card to email to your friends and family. - 10am to 4pm - Book-in. Suitable for 8+
Animation Antics Club - On selected Saturday afternoons during the AniMotion exhibition, we will be running drop-in workshops looking at various animation techniques, from flip books to stop motion animation. Please call 01724 297070 for dates and further details. - Saturdays, 1pm to 4pm