Autumn school animations screening celebrated at DCA

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A collection of short animations created by people in Tayside with long-term health conditions was premiered at a cinema screening at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA).

Animated films were developed by participants of the ST/ART@DCA autumn school programmes, part of Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust’s (THAT) annual partnership with the DCA Learning Team.

Participants from across Tayside living with long-term conditions such as stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain attended the programmes throughout November.

DCA learning team staff, a freelance animator and THAT volunteer artists worked closely with two groups of participants helping them explore their own stories using various techniques in stop-frame animation.

THAT projects coordinator Chris Kelly said, “This is the culmination of the autumn school when we showcase and share the great work created during this year’s autumn school animation programmes and celebrate everyone’s contribution to the project.

“We focused on telling participant’s own stories through animation. Sharing that with friends and family on the big screen in the DCA cinema is a great way to celebrate everyone’s achievements.

“This is part of our larger year round partnership we have with the DCA learning team that includes an extensive printmaking spring and summer school programme and a number of gallery talks throughout the year.”

DCA learning coordinator and lead animator Andrew Low said, “The course went very well. The participants are very proud of their achievements and they produced a very high standard of work.

“The short pieces made by our groups show strong evidence of the power of animation to visualise ideas and concepts that can be quite abstract and render them with real emotion, whether it be poignancy or humour.”

The screening was followed by a reception in DCA Create Space where models and equipment were on display.

ST/ART is an arts project for stroke and acquired brain injury participants across Tayside, run by THAT, in association with NHS Tayside.

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