Major exhibition at Derby arts centre

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, until January 24 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.

Alongside the Parts & Labour exhibition Animate will be showing new work by Noriko Okaku in QUAD’s Extra Gallery Spaces. Okaku was selected from an open call, inviting artists to respond to the Parts & Labour theme. She is currently researching Derbyshire’s history, myths and legend, to create a set of Tarot cards and animation.

Artists in the gallery exhibition are: Kristian Andrews, Catherine Anyango, Sebastian Buerkner, Jane Cheadle, Sophie Clements, James Duesing, Richard Fenwick, Jake Fried, Jonathan Gillie, Michaela Grill, Martial Guillaume, Rui Hu, Wednesday Kim, Kent Lambert, Peter Millard, Edwin Rostron, Vicky Smith, Steven Subotnick, David Theobald, Sean Vicary, Alan Warburton

Additional artists in the touring programme: Emanuele Bortoluzzi, Paul Bush, Kevin Eskew and Ross Hogg.

The Animate OPEN Prize is awarded to American artist Jake Fried, for his film Brain Lapse (2014). Made over five months incorporating 1500 drawings, this minute-long film is a hand-made animation, incorporating ink, correction fluid, coffee and collage.