Canterbury based Animate Arts Company have been awarded £47,000 funding from Arts Council England to engage over 2000 children in extraordinary art projects. Eight East Kent schools including St Alphege Infant School in Whitstable and Priory Infants in Ramsgate, will work with artists from Animate Arts to create a series of life-size art installations made entirely from cardboard and paper. Award-winning Animate Arts Company, makers of Paper Apothecary and Home Town, both designed using their signature style of cardboard and paper, will be recording these new artworks in 360° virtual reality films, allowing everyone to experience the art work from the comfort of their home computers.
Professional artists, filmmakers and creatives will work closely with the schools and children to create work as part of a county wide campaign called The Big Build. Animate Art’s month-long campaign will encourage schools to champion arts in the classroom, and inspire imagination through creating work from simple materials like cardboard boxes and paper. Pupils participating in the project will achieve accreditation through Arts Award, and schools will gain Artsmark status through their involvement. The funding secured through Arts Council England, will help 2019 to be a very creative and exciting year for schools who continue face difficult budget restrictions and pressures.
Jo Dyer, Artistic Director of Animate Arts who spearheads the project, said:
‘It’s fantastic to be awarded this funding which acknowledges our artistic ambitions, supports local schools, and will inspire a future generation of children in east Kent. We can’t wait to start work on this programme in the New Year.’
Animate Arts’ innovative approach is set to attract many schools and artists who will want to get involved in the project. Interested parties are encouraged to connect with the organisation’s social media pages to hear about call-outs and opportunities to be included in the creative fun. ffffffff