Great news, I am to be one of latest artists in residence for Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, based in Blakelaw. I am so proud and I can’t wait to get started and work with a great community in Blakelaw. We’ll be creating Family Portraits from many different points of view using film, animation, photography and mark making. Wish I could start it right now! More visuals to come.
Here’s a sneeky peek still from the latest film I’m working on with the wonderful Braena Dance as part of research for The Cultural Spring at the Fulwell Community Resource Centre in Sunderland. It’s great to be working again with this creative and expressive group. Loads of hands in this one.
Please check out my updated profile on this great list of artists, schools, youth leaders and teachers in the North East.
The second part of my projects at Swarland First School were with Years 3 & 4, they created a live action film documenting the Roman occupation of Britannia. It took the form of a time-travelling news report from the period that reported on the initial invasions, Boudicca, Toilets and temples among other things Roman. They wrote the script, created the costumes, props and backgrounds, they were the film crew and recorded the sound as well as learning about the subject matter they took on the responsibilities of directing.
After a successful after-school animation project, Swarland First School asked me to come back and make some films with them to help the children learn about the Seasons with years 1& 2 and the Romans in Britain for years 3 & 4. Years 1 & 2 created some lovely artworks that we captured using time-lapse animation techniques. They also wrote their own poems and music, which became the soundtrack to their films.
I’ve recently been working with a super bunch from the North Tyneside Carer’s Centre to make a short animation informing people what they do to support and improve the well being of young carers. Using cut-out stop motion they created a wonderful story of some super hero young carers with special powers to inform the world about what they do. Made in association with the YMCA North Tyneside and with funding from the National Lottery.