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Schools Animation Project 2016

In June and July, five schools in Thanet started a journey…and created animation!

In 2016, Gulbenkian received funding from Artswork, the South East Bridge to work with cultural partners to deliver a series of storytelling, visual art/craft and animation workshops across all five schools in the Great Expectations Learning Alliance (GELA). This included St Mildred’s Infants School, Bromstone Primary, Garlinge Primary, Palm Bay Primary and Laleham Gap Primary.


Each Year 2 class worked with artists Vicki Oliver (Wide Eyed Theatre), Rob Turner (Animate Arts) and animator Elena Vitagliano to create stories around the theme of explorers and bring them to life through stop-motion animation.

Arts Award was also embedded into the programme, and ensured that all the children completed their Discover level qualification. There was also a twilight CPD session for teachers, senior management and cultural practitioners to have a go at creating their own animation! The finished films were screened at a special event at Gulbenkian cinema on Wednesday 20th July. The short animation films are now being used by Gulbenkian as trailers for ongoing screenings in the cinema! They’re also available on Gulbenkian’s YouTube channel, in a playlist.

“We really liked making the animation. We moved the drawings a tiny little bit each time. Then it all started to move!” Kemmi


ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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