Anna Lewis

Conn, Gerald

Sand Animation Residency, San Francisco, USA

Gerald Conn received support to undertake a residency at the Childrens Creativity Museum, San Franscisco

Gerald Conn said, "I have now returned from a successful visit to California where I followed up on contacts made during the Welsh Government trade mission to San Francisco in February 2013. During this visit i met with a number of organisations including the Children's Creativity Museum and Pixar Animation Studios. Continued discussions with the Children's Creativity Museum, San Francisco's premier hands-on digital media art and technology museum for young people, since then led to established links and i was invited to the museum as part of their Innovators Programme. This scheme enables selected creative digital companies the chance to demonstrate their work to the public over a month long residency.

The museum is a leading American institution in promoting creativity in young people and their animation programme is the most popular feature with visitors. They hadn't previously featured sand animation in the museum making this an ideal opportunity to demonstrate and present my own work as well as my work with young people in Wales. An animation rostrum was setup in the museum and I carried out demonstrations of the sand-on-glass technique over the course of the residency."

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