Here's where you can keep up to date with recent project activity and read about upcoming events......
24.10.23: Our Christmas storybook project with parents from Fife Gingerbread is going to be launched in November in time for Christmas. The project was funded by the Fife Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, administered by Fife Voluntary Action. The project involved the creation of a working-class Christmas book, an idea developed by parents who felt that most Christmas books available did not reflect the realities of living in Fife from the perspective of working class and lone parent families. Look out for pictures from the launch and from the book on this page soon!
23.08.23: From April to June this year we worked with children and young people from Families First St Andrews towards the production of a book containing four individual creative photo comic stories and five articles exploring how the 5 Ways to Wellbeing can impact positively on the lives of young people. A huge thanks to all involved including the Families First staff for their fantastic support! The project was supported by the Our Minds Matter Small Grants Fund through Fife Council and the Scottish Government.
22.02.23: The next Anim8s Annual General Meeting will take place on Tuesday 25 April at 7.00pm. This will be a Zoom meeting. If you'd like to know more or to attend please contact us using the Contact Us page!
13.07.22: We're delighted to report that we've now started work with Fife Headway towards the creation of a series of short films based on the life experiences of group members. Headway exists to provide support that will improve the lives of people in the UK who have suffered brain injuries. A big thanks to the Fife Communities Wellbeing Fund administered by Fife Voluntary Action for the funding that is making this project possible. Particularly for the equipment grant that has allowed us to provide three 'animation stations' for use by community groups under the supervision of Anim8s artists.
25.05.22: We've now completed our magazines project with Seal Dunfermline with funding support from ON Fife, Creative Scotland and Youthlink Scotland. A huge thanks to all the staff, volunteers and young people who helped to make the project a success. The aim was to create a series of 'publications' that would show the interests and creativity of the children and young people from Seal . The animation below is one of two produced during the project and you can see the complete Autumn edition here.
02.02.22: We're delighted to report that we have completed the Gulls over Granton project and that all the materials can be viewed here. We hope you enjoy the results of what was a fun project that required some real creativity in the face of challenges presented by Covid-19. A huge thanks to everyone at Granton Primary School, all at Macastory and to Musician Michael Begg. And of course to P6a for their superb work in difficult circumstances!
30.06.21: This rather lovely picture of seagulls was drawn by one of the girls in P6a at Granton Primary, Edinburgh as part of the 'Tales from the Lighthouse' project. There are a lot of seagulls in Granton and they may just figure in the final outputs the kids have been devising. We're working in collaboration with Macastory and the school. We'll be posting further updates soon so keep an eye on this page and our Facebook page....
23.06.21: The next Anim8s Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 21 July 2021 at 4.00pm. This will be a Zoom meeting. If you'd like to know more or to attend please contact us using the Contact Us page!
01.05.21: How do you start a storybook/audiobook project with a class of school children during Covid lockdown?
By creating a series of games, riddles, image and sound-based puzzles, story videos and magical maps!
'Tales from the Lighthouse' is funded by Creative Scotland's Youth Arts Access Fund and will engage P6s from Granton Primary, Edinburgh in the creation of stories, illustrations, props, costumes, sound recordings and more. The project is underway and we're looking forward to developing the fantastic ideas these kids have into a digital book and audiostory. We'll be updating on here and on our Facebook page as we go along!
09.06.20: This project just got under the wire before Covid-19 wreaked its havoc. Created by a group of young people from Dunfermline High School, it's a filmic interpretation of the poem 'This Is It' by William Letford. Associate Artists Andrew and Martin worked with the group. Thanks to Billy Letford, Matthew Fitt at Scots Hoose, Laura Barbour from the English Department and the boys from Dunfermline High. A pleasure to work with you!
06.01.20: A big Happy New Year to all our friends and followers! We're looking forward to an exciting 2020 and to keeping you up to date with our projects and activities. In the meantime here's a detail from 'Welcome to Tianjin', a project that our Associate Artist Martin Ayres carried out last year with the Confucius Institute for Scotland's School and the Scottish Dragons, a fantastic group of young people from Whitehill Neighbourhood Centre in North Lanarkshire. The group worked with pupils from Tianjin No.3 High School to conceive, create and translate the story of their trip with the help of Hamish and Jing-Jing, the Scottish and Chinese bears. One of our highlights of 2019. More to come from Anim8s in 2020!
06.11.19: Our next AGM will be held at 10 Mount Hooly Crescent, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, KY11 1JW on Wednesday 04 December 2019 at 6.00pm. All welcome.
01.07.19: Pleased to present this interpretation of 'From a Railway Carriage'. It's a mix of British Sign Language and Visual Vernacular and was translated and performed by actor Craig McCulloch. It's a rather lovely addition to a really rewarding project. Thanks to Craig and also to Solar Bear for their advice and support.
01.07.19: We are delighted to present the final version of 'From a Railway Carriage', an animated film created by children from North Queensferry Primary School and St Margaret's RC Primary in South Queensferry, the two films closest to each end of the iconic Forth Bridge. The film is the children's interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson's poem 'From a Railway Carriage' from 'A Child's Garden of Verses'. They were asked to imagine how Stevenson would respond to the view from a 21st Century train on the Fife Circle Line. Thanks again to our Funders Creative Scotland, The Noel Coward Foundation, EIS, The Russell Trust and Foundation Scotland. Thanks also to Scotrail for their great support and to the teachers, and children from the schools involved who helped to make the project so enjoyable.
06.08.18: Next week sees the start of Phase 2 of the 'The 'Learning on Track: From a Railway Carriage' project. The project is being delivered by anim8s in partnership with a range of agencies including Scotrail and The Artline (Art and Heritage on the Railway Through Fife) and will engage 57 children from the two primary schools closest to each end of the Forth Bridge in a multi-arts celebration of Robert Louis Stevenson's poem 'From a Railway Carriage'. The project is being delivered by anim8s associate artists and guest artists Andy Cannon and Tamlin Wiltshire thanks to funding from Creative Scotland, The Noel Coward Foundation, EIS, The Russell Trust and Foundation Scotland. Look out for more information regarding the project which will include updates on the planned performance, exhibition and animated film. In the meantime here are shots from the sessions at North Queensferry Primary to whet your appetite.