Speculative Lunch: Leeds Animation Workshop

Are you a researcher interested in women’s cultural production in the UK? Are you interested in independent filmmaking?

If so please join us for the next event in the 2019-20 LAHRI Speculative Lunch Series  for a discussion around the Leeds Animation Workshop and the potential acquisition of the Workshop’s archive by the University of Leeds, Special Collections.

Event Convenors

Melanie Bell and  Yvonne Tasker (School of Media and Communication)
Joanne Fitton and Sarah Prescott (Special Collections, Brotherton Library)
Fiona Philip (School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science)
Alice Miller (Programmer, Leeds International Film Festival)
Laura Ager (Creative Engagement Officer, Hyde Park Picture House)

Leeds Animation Workshop Background:

Leeds Animation Workshop is a not-for-profit, radical, collective arts organisation, run by women, which produces and distributes animated films and films on social and educational issues.

The organisation began in 1976 as a group of women friends who came together to make a film about the need for pre-school childcare.

Throughout its forty-year history the Workshop has been run by women, who have carried out all stages of the production process, from initial research to final distribution.

The Leeds Animation Workshop has offered their complete archive to the University of Leeds for the purposes of research, education and engagement. This archive includes:

  • Films/Film-related Artwork/Pre-Production and Production Documentation (inc. animation cels, rough sketches, layout notes etc);
  • Institutional Documentation (relating to business activities, financial records etc);
  • Post-Production Documentation (marketing, inc. postcards and leaflets, records relating to distribution and funding etc).

Aims of this Speculative Lunch:

This lunch aims to bring together colleagues with an interest in this material or a curiosity about women’s cultural production in the UK and/or independent filmmaking.

The short-to-medium term aim of the working lunch is to gauge interest in acquiring the archive (and its subsequent cataloguing) and explore capacity-building activities around the collection, particularly relating to research and teaching, and from a cross and inter-disciplinary perspective.

Booking information:

If you would like to attend this event, please register your interest by emailing the LAHRI administrator.

Places are limited to 16, and are allocated on a first come first served basis. In the event of oversubscription you will be put on a waiting list. A full vegetarian lunch will be provided by LAHRI.