TheGallery and AUB touring exhibition
Curated by Daniel Cox and Steve Henderson
The Art, Animation and Archives from The Snowman, and The Snowman and the Snowdog.
The original graphic novel by Raymond Briggs was released in 1978 and has to date sold over 8 million copies. Upon release the book found it’s way into the hands of TVC producer John Coates, who immediately saw its potential as an animated film. The original story was expanded upon to feature a visit to the North Pole by director Dianne Jackson and story artist Joanna Harrison.
The Snowman was an instant success, garnering an Academy Award nomination for animated short film and winning a BAFTA award. In the years since the film’s release, produce Coates would try in vain to persuade Briggs to agree to a sequel to no avail.
On the 20th Anniversary of The Snowman, the film was re-released with the addition of snow falling at the end credits, perhaps hinting at the possibility of a sequel. When TVC closed, Coates continued producing, encouraging the next generation of animation talent.
With the 30th anniversary of The Snowman approaching, Coates asked Briggs about a sequel once more and to his surprise, permission was granted (according to Briggs the chance of “cashing in” had long since passed) and Lupus films were hired to bring The Snowman and the Snowdog to life.
Re-animating The Snowman uncovers unique material from the never-before-seen archives to tell the story of animation through this beloved children’s classic.
Featuring original cels alongside pre-production work this exhibition provides a behind the scenes insight into the creation of The Snowman. It also features material from The Snowman and the Snowdog, the sequel created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original landmark broadcast.
A collaborative project with TheGallery, Centre for Creative Learning and Faculty of Media and Performance, Arts University Bournemouth.
MEET THE CURATORS: Daniel cox and steve henderson
Daniel Cox has a background in delivering collaborative projects within the animation, film and games industry. He was instrumental in establishing the Centre for Digital Entertainment at Bournemouth University, a collaboration that works to develop links between industry and academia through research projects. Daniel is the Knowledge Exchange Manager for Arts University Bournemouth where he is responsible for developing relationships with external partners.
Steve Henderson is the editor and owner of Skwigly Online Animation Magazine, producing written, audio and visual content on animation as well as curating short film packages, screenings and live events. He is also a founder member and co-director of the Manchester Animation Festival, one of the UK’s only dedicated festivals to the animated art form. Steve is a lecturer in animation at Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently completing a PhD on animation archives at Loughborough University.
The Snowman and the Snowdog was produced by Lupus Films for Channel 4.
All images for The Snowman and the Snowdog are subject to the following copyright: The Snowman™ and the Snowdog © Snowdog Enterprises Ltd. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs is published by Puffin Licensed by Copyrights Group
Re-animating The Snowman is a touring exhibition. For enquiries and further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 November – 15 December 2017
The Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University, Leeds
The Blenheim Walk Gallery in the Leeds Arts University, Leeds is one of two exhibition spaces located within the University. The University has a large exhibitions programme of around thirty five shows a year which are held in both Blenheim Walk and Vernon Street. The Gallery is designed with the classic white cube look to bring together education and industry in a learning environment to encourage interest in creative work.