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AniMotion at Barnsley Civic offers a hands-on experience

All the family can enjoy film-making

The exciting world of animation comes to life at Barnsley Civic from this weekend in a new exhibition with interactive software that will allow visitors to create their own short films.

AniMotion, from tomorrow until Saturday, March 26, features a series of animated stations created by Aardman Animations (makers of Morph, Wallace & Gromit and Shaun the Sheep) and the chance to meet the clay character Morph, who made his TV debut back in 1977 on the children’s art programme Take Hart.

The exhibition also includes animation techniques from other commissioned artists and is designed for whole families to enjoy – the perfect day out on a rainy afternoon, perhaps.

It will be possible to make faces come to life with Chris Squires’ Wing-Face Anima; enter an imaginary world with David Urwin’s The Nature of Imagination; and be a movie star in a film of your own making.

During the half term holiday the theatre is offering a series of art and animation workshops for children, aged six to 13, with established artists (check out www.barnsleycivic.com for details).

There’s an opportunity to work with author and illustrator Liz Millions; learn how to draw with the Cool Cartoon Club; join artist Ellie Meredith to create giant charcoal images and see doodles come to life in the Giant Drawing Animation Workshop.

Animotion Wings - at Barnsley Civic

There’s also a Stop Motion Animation Master Class with Helen Piercy.

Continuing the family theme, The Civic’s first children’s show of the new season, The Boy Who Bit Picasso, on Sunday and Monday, January 24 and 25, offers storytelling, music and chances to make art by introducing one of the 20th century’s most famous artists as a boy.

This weekend also sees the opening of an exhibition by Rob and Nick Carter entitled Composite Portraits.

The contemporary artists, who have been working together for 12 years, are showing paintings, photography, light installations and films exploring the portrait format and digitally manipulating works by Rembrandt, Warhol and Van Gogh, among others.

The website has details of all events. Booking can also be made on 01226 327000.


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