Youngsters are being given the chance to try their hand at animation and then see their work on the big screen as part of animation workshops running across the city.
Park users and their families will be working with artists from local arts company, B.Arts! over 28 days in summer to produce their own animated films which will then be shown at four evening events.
The events, For One Night Only, will take place in Hanley Park, Burslem Park, Tunstall Park and Meir Plantation.
Last year a pilot project ran at The Plantation in Meir by B.Arts! who have partnered with the City Renewal Services to take the project city wide in 2012.
Starting on Tuesday (July 31) young people will be invited to join in the animation events where they will learn different techniques used in the industry as they create and animated short.
The overall dates for the project are:-
- Hanley Park animation and screen building 31 July, 1, 3, 4, and 5 August; film screening on 6 August.
- Burslem Park animation and screen building 7, 10, 11, and 12 August; film screening on 13 August.
- Tunstall Park animation and screen building 14, 15, 17, 18, and 19 August; film screening on 20 August
- Meir Plantation animation and screen building 28, 29, and 31 August, 1 and 2 September; film screening on 3 September.
Community members will also be helping to build the cinema in Hanley Park on Monday August 6 at 3pm.
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, ward member for Meir North, said:
“I’m delighted that B.Arts! are coming back to run these animation sessions after the success of the project in Meir last year. This time it will be bigger and better than before covering larger areas of the city. We have some extremely talented young people in Stoke-on-Trent and this is a great way for them to express their potential''
Sarah Bond, Senior Manager, Regional Planning, added:
“Arts Council England is delighted to support the project ‘For One Night Only’ in Stoke-on-Trent. It will be an exciting opportunity for the young people of Stoke to create something that can be enjoyed by them, their families and the wider community in a sustainable way”
The project is funded mainly by the Arts Council England but also supported by Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Safer City Partnership, the Community Development Foundation, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Councillor Rosenau's Ward Budget.