Our Darkness and Light Animation: Poetry, visual art, music and animation

A creative collaboration between different artists, between artists and young people and between young people and children.

“I’m definitely going to be an animator when I grow up.” – Year 8 student at Almondbury
Community school

300 children from 4 Kirklees primary schools worked first with poet Louise Fazackerely to create poems about where they lived that reflected Darkness and Light.

These poems were given to high school students at Almondbury Community School who developed storyboards from the poems. They made a list of assets required and sent it back to the primary school children who worked with The Children’s Art School to create back drops, puppets and other assets. One school developed songs, sound and music with musician Charlotte Watson, which they then recorded with sound engineer James Mabbett. The students at Almondbury Community School then worked with animator Rozi Fulller to create a 5 minute animation using all the material provided by the primary schools.

For the Almondbury Community schools students, this project has been a process that has allowed imagination and creative thinking to flow. The students developed strong teamwork, working across different year groups, with people they may otherwise not encounter. The variety of skills required for animation enabled individuals to find appropriate roles and flourish. We have discovered natural animators and directors. This film has become a highly imaginative celebration of the creativity of Kirklees.

“This has been a truly collaborative production.” – Adult involved in the project