Created by Bridgette Foley, Tommy Anderson and Beccy Owen as part of 'Creative Progression: Animation & Music' project 2011/12.
Creative Progression was born three years ago from the idea that everyone is creative. It is an on-going programme of arts activities for people who have known hardship and homelessness in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The project provides a creative space for people to reflect on who they are and what they are capable of. People taking part in the project are empowered to take ownership over their creative journeys, develop new skills and explore what progression means for them.
Designer and lead artist Tommy Anderson delivered informal workshops exploring animation and audio techniques. He was supported by guitarist Dave Hull Denholm, (Lindisfarne), experimental elctro-blues band Guessmen, and singer songwriter Beccy Owen, to work with the group to compose, record and edit soundtracks. One to one mentoring underpinned group activities by discussing creative ideas, developing technical artistic skills, reflecting on experiences and exploring future ambitions.
Imagine not being able to open your own front door for 10 years... Inspiration is Bridgette’s journey out of depression through animation, music and song; made to inspire and help others suffering from depression. This animation and soundtrack is the result of a six month journey for Bridgette who has moved her sense of self from that of a ‘participant’ to an artist in her own right.
Statement from Bridgette:
Imagine not being able to open your own front door. Inspiration reflects my journey out of a deep depression that I was in for 10 years. I couldn’t leave my house. The outside world was a frightening place. Music kept me going whilst I lived my life in this bubble.
I want the animation to inspire and help other people who are in the same situation and suffering from depression. It tells the story about being in the dark place and moving to a rainbow land of a musical fantasy world.
I wrote the song with Beccy Owen. This was the easy part. The challenge was to make an animation. I don’t see myself as being visually creative but I found the illustration and stop-motion animation very accessible.
It has been a great opportunity to realise that I am a creative person.
I challenged myself and gave things a go. It has given me a lot of confidence and a buzz to see the things I’ve done come together. I don’t want this to end. I want to continue to learn new things.