Animating Hexham will see our historic town centre animated by artists and local families, inspired by the town’s heritage.
Funded by Historic England, Animating Hexham aims to discover stories and evoke memories of our town’s high streets and buildings, using these to inspire animations and conversations about Hexham’s heritage. This pilot project will project the animations across the main shopping streets in the autumn, helping to define why Hexham’s heritage is important to the community and what value the town centre will have in the future.
Free online workshops
Animator and filmmaker Sheryl Jenkins will work with families to create a series of animations to be showcased online and projected in Hexham town centre. Budding animators of all ages can sign up for a series of free weekly online workshops with Sheryl from 19 April - 28 May to develop their animation skills. There will also be sessions with a sound artist and a writer to learn about adapting stories, storyboarding and using sound. Thank you to everyone who has registered their interest in taking part - we'll be in touch soon!
Open call for artists
Six professional artists will be commissioned to create animations based on stories and memories about the High Street collected by Northumberland Archives and Hexham Libraries. The deadline to apply is 15 March, and animations will be projected onto shopfronts and landmarks in Hexham town centre from September 2021. Find out more or apply.
Animating Hexham is being developed and managed by Hexham Culture Network on behalf of Hexham High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) and led by Queen’s Hall Arts. HSHAZ is an ambitious scheme seeking to deliver major improvements to boost the town centre and enhance the Conservation Area. It is a partnership between Historic England, Northumberland County Council, Hexham Town Council and the Hexham Community Partnership, working with the local community. Read more about this exciting project on our news page where you can download the press release.