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Introduction to

Participatory Animation in

Health and Community Settings

Online Workshop Saturday 26th June

Stop-Frame animation is a powerful medium to use in community, clinical and heath settings allowing participants to reclaim and re-tell their story (or any story they want to tell). This introductory one day workshop will give you a foundation into using animation and story-making in a variety of settings from an experiential, theoretical and practical perspective.


We will think about the idea of embodied narrative, how animation involves making things, how it can help order sometimes chaotic narratives, how it give participants directorial control of their story.


There will be space to do your own stop frame animation and make claymation puppets in which to animate. We will also look at clips of films made in the animation projects I have run in prisons, secure units and with asylum seekers.

The workshop is suitable for arts therapists, participatory and collaborative artists, health professionals, therapists and educators (email me if in doubt).

The Workshop will

  • offer practical and theoretical guidance on using animation in a variety of settings.

  • explore the links between animation and trauma theory.

  • include a step by step tutorial on making and animating claymation puppets using a stop-frame animation app.

  • be experimental, lo-tech and enjoyable.

  • include clips of films made in prisons, youth offender institutes, mental health settings and with asylum seekers.


£75 Limited Places

The Full Course in Participatory Animation

The full course on participatory animation in health and community settings will start in the Autumn and will be a more in-depth training in this medium and will include making your own film (telling your own story), small group work, supervision and a look at how the practice of animation can be a good way to tell difficult and traumatic narratives in a way that is promotes ethical practice and links into current trauma theory. 

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