Parts & Labour


Vicky Smith Noisy, Licking, Dribbling, and Spitting

Animate OPEN: Parts & Labour: experiments in animation

QUAD Gallery, Derby
28 November 2015 – 24 January 2016


Parts & Labour: experiments in animation features 21 cutting edge animated films selected from an international open call. Selected from 198 entries, the exhibition includes works by artists from the UK, USA, Canada, France, Austria and Korea, representing an extraordinary breadth of contemporary animation practice. The exhibition runs at QUAD Gallery, Derby from 28 November 2015 until 24 January 2016 and admission is free.
Parts & Labour emphasises the sense of animation as something that is made and crafted, both physically and digitally. The exhibition reveals animation as a medium at the front of creative innovation. It sets out to celebrate, subvert or confound expectations of what animation is, with different artistic approaches which all explore of the concept of animation as craft.

Works range from Vicky Smith’s Noisy Licking, Dribbling and Spitting – in which the artist used her tongue as a ‘tool and stamping pad’ to make marks directly onto celluloid film – to Rui Hu’s Metropolitan Triangle Garden, in which digitally rendered classical sculptures ‘participate in a destructive performance triggered by software glitches, distortions, and misused simulation’.

Parts & Labour is a collaboration between Animate Projects and QUAD.
Following the gallery exhibition at QUAD, a selection of works will be shown online at, and in cinemas as part of Move It, Animate’s new touring programme….

About Animate Projects
Animate Projects is an arts charity that champions experiments and creative risk taking in animation across a broad spectrum of practice. Working out of Derby and London, it is the only UK organisation dedicated to commissioning and exhibiting innovative animation online, in galleries, cinemas and public spaces. The Animate Collection at has an international reputation as a place to encounter outstanding work by British artists from the last 25 years.
Twitter:@AnimateProjects @AnimateObserver

About QUAD
QUAD is an international centre for engagement in contemporary art and film, based in Derby. The year round programme focuses on major exhibitions, professional practice for artists, mass participation, commissions, independent film and the creative use of emergent technologies. QUAD is a charity focused on intercultural dialogue through supporting diverse audiences to engage, develop skills and contribute to contemporary culture.

About Move It
Move It is a touring season of British and international animation covering a breadth of film and art practice, from Aa to A (Aardman to artists’ moving image), led by Animate Projects in partnership with Centre for the Moving Image, Edinburgh and QUAD. Network partners are FACT, Liverpool; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle; Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Animate OPEN and Move It are supported by the This Way Up Exhibition Innovation Fund, a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

D-Lab is a new project supported by Arts Council England through the National Lottery, Derbyshire County Council and Arts Derbyshire, which launched in June 2015. It aims to bring the best digital and new media artists and artworks to an online audience, focusing on artists and organisations in Derbyshire and the East Midlands.

Exhibition preview Friday 27 November 2015
Runs 28 November 2015 – 24 January 2016
Free entry
QUAD, Market Place, Derby, DE1 2AS
01332 290 606
Gallery open:
Monday – Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday noon – 6pm

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