The National Lottery Heritage Fund
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Faculty of Arts
The English Department of the University of Bristol is a world-renowned centre for the study of the arts and humanities with a strong commitment to increasing accessibility and widening participation. The academic researchers include the medievalist Ad Putter (academic lead), the early-modernist Edward Holberton, and Kristian Moen from the Department of Film and TV, who will be curating the animated film festival.
Flash of Splendour
Flash of Splendour is a non-for-profit arts organisation focused on social engagement. Their last major project, The Children’s Poly-Olbion, funded by the HLF and the AHRC, partnered Exeter University, Royal Geographical Society and SEND schools across the UK to explore the 17th century poet Michael Drayton. They are also currently being funded by Oxford City Council to open up Oxford’s museums to young people with learning disabilities.
The Bodleian has one of the most important collections of Anglo-Dutch material in the world, including the earliest example of secular literary Dutch and is similarly committed to placing its considerable resources into producing a highly influential project, with important outcomes for the improvement of academic outreach.
Aardman have been lending their support and expertise in providing a series of workshops, to teach professional film-making skills to SEND students in collaboration with Flash of Splendour. The workshops have covered the various stages of the stop-frame animation process, progressing through story, design, puppet making, shooting and post-production. Together with students from Bristol University, this will empower and give them the knowledge to produce films directly inspired by the Anglo-Dutch materials.