Screenlight - Micro-Commissions 

Call out for submissions

We are delighted to announce the return of our micro-commissions programme designed to showcase new work by artists using digital and moving image. Selected works will be presented via the venue's 55-inch monitor at Waterside in Sale, Trafford.

The programme consists of ten commissions over the course of a year. This is our second call out where we will invite a further three artists from among the submissions to show new, previously unexhibited work.

Please click here to read more details on how to submit. 

All entries must be sent by email to creativeindustriestrafford@gmail.com

The closing date for entries: 22 Jan '18

We hope you enjoy Screenlight 2017 - currently showing:

The Whibbits – ‘The Meat Pie’

James Pollitt

‘Bitz the Whippet’ was the first puppet made by James Pollitt and he revisited her recently to develop the design and produce short films. He aims to develop these puppets into a web series titled ‘The Whibbits’, and he has produced merchandise, on sale via Kickstarter, to help develop and share the ideas further.

His own real life whippets are the inspiration for Bitz the Whippet. He has recreated their natural anatomy as faithfully as he could, using old mechanical.

All James's projects can be viewed at bitzanimation.com

About the Artist

As an art tutor for adults with learning disabilities and a practicing illustrator, James Pollitt came to stop motion two years out of a curiosity to try something radically different from his usual practice.

Rather than learn the usual armature and modelling techniques used by professional puppet makers, he used the junk he had in his toolbox, utilizing the odd pieces and parts he would find and embracing any ‘mistakes’ that would result from his experiments.

His stop-motion puppets are based on the idea that character creation is a journey of discovery. He insists making them is an intuitive process and he never produces any drawn designs for the projects - the characters are rather born out of the chosen materials and necessary functionality. He tends to use recycled, found or restricted materials. In many ways the armature (which is usually hidden in animation) actually becomes part of the puppet design.