Created by Chris Pemberton, Tommy Anderson and Beccy Owen as part of the 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.
'Sarah’s Song' is an illustrated love song written for a special person and their journey so far. This animation is the result of a six month journey for Chris who moved his sense of self from that of a ‘participant’ to a singer in his own right.
Statement from Chris:
I created the animation for my fiancé, Sarah. I wrote the song with Beccy Owen to tell Sarah how happy she’s made me. I traced photographs of myself and Sarah, coloured in hearts, used cut out images (relating to my hero Michael Jackson) and combined these all together.
This project has helped me to make new friends and has given me the opportunity to make my own song. I want to go on and be a professional singer.