Hi, my name is Claire Evans and I run animation and art workshops for children and people with learning disabilities under the banner of Small World Animations.
A refugee from the world of bilingual dictionary publishing*, I completed my Fine Art Printmaking degree at Winchester School of Art in 2003, and then kind of floated into the (for me) very much nicer world of children’s arts the following year!
I’ve had so much fun since then, working with children, learning disabled adults and other wonderful artists to create animations and art projects right up to today. The emphasis is always on making and storytelling, with a bit of tecky-stuff (aka digital media) and education thrown in 🙂
An award-winning artist-educator (really, check the link!), my school projects are used as examples of best practice. I love collabs, and favourite projects are working with musicians, which include Birmingham indie heroes Pram, Rachael Dadd , Ichi, and the wonderful City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. I often get funding for my own projects, including the Arts Council and the Institute for Physics. They co-funded The Light Works Project, which I conceived and directed in 2015/16. It was all about making art using light – projection mapping, analogue photography, 3D shadow puppetry, cyanotypes and lumen printing – it was huge! You can have a look at photos from the project here.
I now combine my own practice as an animator and illustrator with devising and running workshops. Clients include Birmingham City Libraries, the CBSO, Bristol Museums and Galleries, Daisi (Devon Artists in Schools Initiative), BBC Blast! Shambala Festival and Welsh National Opera. I can work in almost any context from a tent in a field to a library, to a GP waiting room to a school. Get in touch if you would like me to run a project for you.
*Before going to art school I worked as a senior editor in bilingual dictionary publishing for Larousse and Harper Collins. I’m fluent in French and Spanish, and pretty good at Portuguese. I have a BA in French and Spanish, and an MA in Critical Theory, both from Nottingham University.