‘Once Upon A Time in Animation’ is an exhibition at Poole Museum that will run from the 22nd of May 2021 to the 4th of July 2021, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Bournemouth University’s National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA).
Organized by Dr Eike Falk Anderson and Dr Oliver Gingrich, and curated by Oliver Gingrich, the Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund supported exhibition will feature work by students, staff and alumni of the NCCA, including outstanding graduation films (animations), many of which have been shown at the prestigious SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival, as well as award winning student research projects that took part in the ACM SIGGRAPH Student Research Competition. The exhibition launches the NCCA archive collection, which will provide a legacy of animation practices as a future learning resource and features artworks by artistic practitioners and NCCA researchers. Visitors will gain new insights into the processes involved in the production of computer animated movies, the cutting-edge technologies for animation creation being researched at the NCCA and different application areas for these technologies, such as computer gaming, health technologies or Cultural Heritage.
The exhibition is free and complemented by a programme of workshops and talks by Computer Graphics and Computer Animation researchers, artists and practitioners. For tickets, please go to
For more information, see the Poole Museum website (http://www.poolemuseum.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/) or have a look at the virtual gallery http://www.poolemuseum.org.uk/museum-from-home/online-exhibitions/once-upon-a-time-in-animation/.
Eike Anderson & Oliver Gingrich
a new online exhibition at Poole Museum, celebrating 30 years of the NCCA
To celebrate 30 years of its existence, the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) at Bournemouth University will be exhibiting historic artefacts, innovative research projects as well as a selection of some of the most memorable animations of our shared history. The exhibition ‘Once Upon A Time in Animation’ will be held at Poole Museum in Spring next year. As a first spotlight on what is to come in spring 2021, we are now launching a virtual exhibition at Poole Museum.
Since its inception in 1989 by Peter Comninos and Peter Hardy, the NCCA has remained at the forefront of animation techniques, visual effects, compositing and post-production. Combining artistic creativity with scientific rigour, the centre is internationally renowned for excellence in research and world-class education. To celebrate its 30 year long history, the NCCA will be exhibiting artefacts and animations, storyboards, concept art and rare nuggets of its 30 year history, in a landmark exhibition in one of the largest museums in the region.
Poole Museum is one of the leading museums in the South West of England, showcasing a range of historic artefacts in their permanent collection as well as a changing array of diverse historic and contemporary art projects. Poole Museum is located in three adjacent buildings, housed at a historic Victorian warehouse, the Oakley’s Mill located at the heart of Poole. It’s iconic facade was designed by Horden Cherry Lee. Inside, the building connects to the historic Town cellars built around 1300.
The exhibition ‘Once Upon A Time in Animation’ scheduled for spring 2021 at Poole Museum will highlight the special role of animation, gaming and visual effects held in the Southwest of England. The whole region has made a name for its expertise, in large part thanks to Bournemouth University’s unique role as a pioneer in education and research for the Creative Industries.
This online exhibition provides insights into animation techniques through recent students’ work such as Meijia Wu’s Character Design, Bianca Cirdei’s ‘Withering Fruits’ project and important artistic contributions such as the Lumen Art Prize winning ‘AfterGlow’ by boredomresearch or Valery Adzhiev, Alexander Pasko and Quentin Corker-Marin’s 4D Cubism. Together with a selection of pioneering student work, the virtual exhibition provides a first overview of 30 years of excellence in animation research, practice and innovation at the National Centre for Computer Animation.