In 2018 WOW met Bethan, a proud young disabled woman from Ceredigion with a love for Japanese anime. She told us that it was her dream to start her own anime convention in West Wales.
That winter we worked alongside Mencap Ceredigion to organise animation workshops for adults and young people with learning disabilities and autism. Bethan became creative director of Abercon, an inclusive and accessible anime convention for the whole community, open to everyone and for all ages. The first Abercon was help at Aberystwyth Arts Centre during the 2019 WOW Film Festival.
Since 2020 the animation club has met online and in person, working together to make animations about 'human rights’ and ‘protecting nature'. Click on the animation club’s YouTube channel to watch: https://www.youtube.com/@ceredigionanimationclub646/videos
The animation club is a chance for creativity to shine. We are discovering the ways that neurodiverse people challenge storytelling and filmmaking conventions. In the words of one of the animators in the group - "with animation, anything is possible."
In 2024 we are planning two new animation club projects on the themes of ’community’ and ‘fantasy’. Workshops will start in January 2024 over Zoom and in person at Small World Theatre, Cardigan. You can choose to do the zooms, the in person workshops, or both!
The animation club is a fun, sociable and welcoming group for ages 16+. If you would like to take part, please contact email@example.com for further details.
Our 2024 animation club projects are funded thanks to CAVO and The National Lottery Communities Fund.
With animation, anything is possible. The animation club welcomes adults and young people with learning disabilities and autism, their friends and families, to come and explore their creativity. No experience necessary!
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Workshop Dates 2024
On Zoom, 6.30pm - 8pm
Tuesday 9 January
Tuesday 23 January
Tuesday 6 February
Tuesday 20 February
Tuesday 5 March
Tuesday 19 March
(More zoom dates to be confirmed)
In person at Small World Theatre, Cardigan, 11am - 3pm
Saturday 20 January
Saturday 10 February
Saturday 9 March
Saturday 13 April
Saturday 11th May
Saturday 8 June