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Salisbury Arts Centre Launches Open 2011: Animation

Following on from 2010’s successful Open Submission exhibition showcasing making and materials, Salisbury Arts Centre presents the 2011 Open, celebrating animation in its broadest sense.

Press Release from Salisbury Arts Centre

29 September – 5 November 2011

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm. Free entry. Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 3UT. 01722 321744 Following on from 2010’s successful Open Submission exhibition showcasing making and materials, Salisbury Arts Centre presents the 2011 Open, celebrating animation in its broadest sense.

Artists were invited to submit works on the theme of ‘animating me’, which is open to many interpretations from self-portraits to avatars to simply their portal on the world.  We have particularly looked for work which pushes the boundaries of what you might usually expect of animation, and encompassing more lateral thinking animation forms.  Some entries are made by artists who primarily work in another medium, including performance, ceramics and drawing; others employ an original approach to materials and techniques, or adopt and subvert familiar visual languages from advertising and gaming.  The final line-up is: Doug Burton, Daniel Collins, Rodney Dee, Nisha Duggal, Sarah Filmer, Sally Fryer, Mirka Golden-Hann, Tara Harland Viney, Colin Legge, David Lifton, Fin McMorran, Astrid Moors, Steve Nice, Kim L Pace, Jane Price, Edwin Rostron, Michael Shaw, David Theobald.

The selection panel is: Merlin Crossingham (Artistic Director of Wallace & Gromit for Aardman Animation); artist Oliver Michaels, who hails from the UK but now lives in Brooklyn; Helen Sloan (Director of SCAN, who recently curated Broken Stillness at Salisbury Arts Centre); and Gary Thomas (Co-Director of Animate Projects).

You are invited to vote for your favourite work in the exhibition – the three receiving the most votes will win a cash prize.  You can vote in the exhibition space or online at

Special Events:- Panel discussion: ‘Animation – the future of film?’  Saturday 15 October, 2pm.  Panellists: Gary Thomas (Director of Animate Projects), Nag Vladermersky (Director of London International Animation Festival) and Lizzie Sykes (video artist, filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in Television Production at Bournemouth University).  Chair: Kevin Jackson. (Free, booking required)- Join Aardman model maker Jim Parkyn for an hour-long claymation workshop to make your own Aardman character. Sunday 30th October – book a slot: / 01722 321744 (£6 per ticket).- Big Draw workshop: Make a flip book! Tuesday 25 October 10am-4pm. Free, suitable for ages, just drop in

Additional workshops are available for groups: call 01722 343020 or e-mail

This exhibition is part of Re Imagining Exhibitions, an 18 month action research project developing Salisbury Arts Centre’s contemporary art programme and audiences.  The programme is supported by Arts Council England, Wiltshire Council, Salisbury City Council, The Ernest Cook Charitable Trust, and Evolver Magazine.

COMING UP IN RE IMAGINING EXHIBITIONS:The View From Here10 November – 23 December 2011 (preview 9 November)Including work by Martin Bruch and Juan delGado, with a commissioned response from Aidan Moesby

About the selectors:MERLIN CROSSINGHAM Creative Director for Wallace & Gromit, Aardman AnimationsMerlin joined Aardman in 1995 through an animation training course run in conjunction with the University of the West of England, having already completed a degree in Film and Photography.

He initially worked on TV commercials and Morph shorts, before taking the roles of Key Animator on the feature film ‘Chicken Run’, and Second Unit Director on ‘Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were Rabbit’. He also co-directed the Creature Comforts USA series for CBS, for which he gained an Emmy nomination. More recently, Merlin was Supervising Animator for “Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death”.Merlin’s role across recent Wallace & Gromit activity led to his promotion to Creative Director for Wallace & Gromit in 2009.  He most recently directed the animation for Wallace & Gromit’s first TV series ‘A World of Invention’ which launched on BBC1 in November 2010.

OLIVER MICHAELSArtistBA (hons) fine art Central Saint Martin's, London.Solo exhibitions and screenings include:  ‘Museum Postcards’, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2010); Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, and Art Tank, Miami (2006); Herzliya Museum of Art, Herzliya, Israel, Krefelder Kunstmuseen, Krefeld, Germany (2005)

Group exhibitions and screenings include:  ‘Rude Britania: British Comic Art’, Tate Britain, London; 'Superficial', Cleopatra's, Brooklyn; 'The Alienation of Objects: Toby Ziegler', 176 Gallery, London; 'Screening', pop up, London (2010).

'Re-Accession: For Sale By Owner', FLAG art foundation, New York; 'A Dry Run', Charlie Horse, Brooklyn; 'Rewind 4.0: Video Art 1960-2009', Depauw University Museum, IL; 'Play', Vanessa Quang Gallery, Paris; ‘Remote Viewing: The best of Loop’ Pacific Design Center, CA; ‘Open End’. Tank TV (2009).

‘In Pieces’, Christopher Landoni 1971 – 2005, 39 Myddleton Square, London; ‘Basement Tapes’, Théâtre Garonne, Toulouse; ‘Abstract Horror’, Galapagos, Brooklyn (2008).'Protections', Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; 'Home Theatre', Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, Bristish Columbia, Canada; 'Speel! de kunst van het spel' Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Amsterdam; 'The Space Between Us', University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York; ‘XCÈNTRIC- Monogràfics’, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (2006).

HELEN SLOANDirector of SCANHelen Sloan has been Director of SCAN, Digital and Interdisciplinary Arts Agency since its launch in 2003. SCAN is a networked organisation and creative development agency working on arts projects and strategic initiatives in arts organisations, academic institutions and further aspects of the public realm.  Helen's career spans over twenty years during which she has curated, commissioned and convened over 200 exhibitions, new works, and events. She has written and researched a number of key strands in digital arts including wearable technologies, the intersection between art and science, and arts policy.  She has directed festivals such as Across Two Cultures in Newcastle 1996 (an early event on the overlapping practice of creative thinking in arts and science), Metapod, Birmingham 2001 - 2, and Bournemouth's new festival Public Domain 2010.  Current areas of interest digital arts and place; high-speed networks and online resources/spaces; models of practice and the creative economy; and climate change and the arts.

GARY THOMASDirector of Animate ProjectsGary Thomas is Director of Animate Projects, a UK arts agency that champions experimental animation. is an online exhibition space with over 150 films, along with essays and interviews with artists and animators, background material and commissioned essays.

Gary was previously Head of Moving Image at Arts Council England, where he initiated the Single-Shot and Necessary Journeys projects with the BFI and the UK Film Council, and the Artists’ Moving Image Legacy and Learning programme. Consultancy includes work with the Brighton Film Festival and the Crossing Boundaries report on media centres (with Tom Fleming Associates) for the UK Film Council. He has served on the boards of Lab and LUX, and a specialist advisor to the Scottish Arts Council/Creative Scotland. He makes films in collaboration with Tim Shore, including Cabinet (second prize transmediale.07, and Burlesque (for Capture).

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