Friday, 17 April 2015

Panoply News. New Animation Next Week

It's been a busy and cheerful couple of months for the Panoply Vase Animation Project.

We've celebrated the release of a chapter about the Panoply vase animations in Advancing Engagement: A Handbook for Academic Museums, Volume 3. Written by me (i.e. Sonya!) and Amy Smith, curator of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, ‘Using Animation for Successful Engagement, Promotion, and Learning’ offers details on the vase animation projects undertaken at the Ure Museum and guidance on including animation and storyboarding activities in teaching and museum practice. It’s also been a real pleasure to read the other chapters in the book, which offer insights into all sorts of projects and good practice in leading museums.

Another enjoyable development has been Panoply’s contribution to the 9th Nyon International Festival of Archaeological Films. Hoplites! Greeks at War was flying the flag for vase animation and we’re really pleased that it was shown at such a fantastic event.

This evening we’re exploring another artist’s experiments with ancient Greek pottery by attending the opening of The Labours of Herakles exhibition at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge. Marian Maguire has created original artwork drawing on black-figure vases, imagining Herakles as a New Zealand pioneer, taming the land. Wonderful work. You can see examples online and the exhibition is running until 15th August 2015.

In exciting further developments, we will have a new animation for you next week, and Steve is busy at work on a truly wonderful piece that will be out in the summer...