Blakelaw “Family Portraits” taster videos now on YouTube

I’ve put some short taster sequences for my “Family Portraits” films being produced this year and into 2017 as part of my Artist in Residence program in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

As some of you may know I have been selected by Newcastle-Upon-Tyne council to be one of their Artists in Residence for 2016/17 working in the Blakelaw area of the city to produce these Family Portraits.

The project is aimed at showing the universality of the family, documenting the ordinary and extraordinary to show how families today see each other from within and how we as observers can understand how we fit as a greater familial society.

I will be using a mixture of mediums – Animation, Video, Painting, Drawing, Time-lapse, Photography and Sound.

Dilemma of a Duck by Team Quack (Prudhoe East Centre) to be used to promote mental health awareness by Northumberland County Council

Great news for the guys in Team Quack and our little film Dilemma of a Duck. Northumberland County Council announce they want to use it to promote mental health awareness throughout the county. It was announced at the graduation ceremony for their National Citizenship Service awards, needless to say Team Quack are over the moon. Here it is again please pass it around, thanks and massive congratulations guys.

“Family Portraits” in Blakelaw (Artist in Residence for Newcastle project)

The first of many portraits done by children attending the Youth Club at the Blakelaw Centre.

This is one of our low key introduction taster sessions for the Family Portraits project I will be carrying out between now and the New Year.

Great fun was had capturing the creation of these extraordinary portraits using time lapse animation – more to come, in the meantime enjoy these wonderful painted portraits of some of the family members of the children’s families.

Macbooks for Kids & Community Animation Workshops

I’ve just posted this on Facebook and was hoping if you are reading this you may be able to help:-

I’m on the scrounge – As some of you know I run animation workshops for kids & communities around the North of England and I’m on the hunt for Macbook Pros that aren’t being used that could be donated to help children make animations bringing their imaginations to life. In the past I’ve asked for any laptop and friends have very kindly donated, that was great and I am eternally gratefull as are the children who used them but this time I’m only after macbooks if possible. I can repair minor faults if they have problems so don’t let that put you off. Please spread this request around if you can – it’s no scam I am genuinely only using these for children’s and community animation projects. Check out my website to see the sort of thing I get up to.
Many thanks for spreading the word.

I’m one of the new Artists in Residence for Newcastle-upon-Tyne!

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.