Tony Gammidge and Animated Tales
I am an Artist, Filmmaker/Animator, trainer and HCPC registered Art Therapist.
I have a particular interest in stories, and personal narrative and in the idea of embodied storymaking (stories that are made by hand as well as told).
This is reflected in my own work, in my own films, artist books and installations but also my participatory work in prisons, secure units, mental health settings and centres for asylum seekers.
I have been running these innovative animation and story projects for the last 12 years and have made over 30 films with participants in this time. Many of these films have won Koestler awards and been screened in conferences, symposiums and in galleries and museums.
The projects give participants the opportunity to make their own film and tell their own story, enabling them to take back control of their own histories. Many of the films that have been made tell of difficult and traumatic experiences. The hands-on animation process though enables these narratives to be told in a way that is safe and enpowering.
Stories of all kinds are central to my work and in particuar to the philosophy of Animated Tales which provides CPD stop-frame animation and embodied story-making courses and workshops to health and education professionals, service users, artists/non-artists and anyone who is curious, and wants to tell a story.
"... it is my right and obligation to send my stories into the world, even if silently, even if utterly powerless.” (Sudanese refugee, Valentino Achak Deng in 'What is the What' by Dave Eggers)
Final Event 23rd June
Join Artist in Residence Tony Gammidge for a special event including Community Table, Talk and Screening. Presented as part of Refugee Week 2022
At this event Tony will share the insights and methodologies he uses in his practice, as well as show work made during his residency at Fabrica and screen animation films made with participants at Freedom From Torture, Art Refuge and perhaps even within the prison service.
This two-part event is aimed at anyone with an interest in how the arts can explore themes of loss, resilience and human connection and empathy in the context of the trauma of forced exile and migration.
The evening comprises of a short ‘community table’ from 5-6pm (doors and cafe 4.45pm), followed by an artist talk with films, images and discussion, 6.30-7.30pm. For the talk, the doors and cafe open at 6.00pm, providing an opportunity to see some of the work made in the gallery since May. The cafe will be serving refreshments until 8pm.
Tickets are being sold separately for the workshop and talk so that participants can attend either or both. Please select your ticket type at the checkout.
‘The process of art making and storytelling is a human activity which enables us to imagine and empathise with others’.
For his residency at Fabrica, Tony has been running ‘community table’ sessions during May and June 2022 mostly working in small scale with drawing and painting on 35mm slides which are then projected large whilst sitting round the ‘community table’. This process initiates conversation and dialogue in a very particular and unique way. Using his own and participants’ personal experience and memories of home (and its absence), he has been exploring the idea of a ‘ghost home’, one that survives in some form internally in the body or through memory but might be lost externally or in solid form.
‘My residency has been exploring, with the use of images, animation and art processes, the idea of home and what it means to us. From there we can begin to imagine, at least in part what it would feel like to lose it, and thereby consider the experiences of those exiled from their own homes and homelands’.
Taking place during Refugee Week 2022 (20-26 June), this event is linked to a series of region-wide community table events organised by Art Refuge for Refugee Week, a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary.