Animate Projects is an internationally renowned strategic agency working out of Derby and London that supports and champions creative animation practice.

Our mission is to engage the public with the creativity and craft of this critically under-represented art form and we achieve this through developing new work, supporting artists to create thought provoking projects, engaging with audiences across digital and physical contexts, maintaining an extensive online archive and resource, advocacy and promoting critical debate.

The Animate Collection is an internationally renowned resource housed on animateprojects.org. A digital archive of films, video interviews, documentation, tests, essays and interviews, it includes works by many key figures in contemporary British animation, visual and new media artists, including the films produced for the Arts Council England/Channel 4 Animate scheme (1990Ė2009).

Animate advocates for the recognition of the value of animation as an artform, and the need for support for the wider independent animation sector, initiating and leading Animation Alliance UK.

Animate is a registered charity that receives no public funding for core costs.

 Abigail Addison

Associate Director
Abigail previously worked for the UK Film Councilís Strategic Development Unit, where she coordinated the Film in the Digital Age consultation and publication. Before that she worked in the Visual Arts Department, at Arts Council Englandís National Office on projects that included Turning Point and Architecture Week, and the Artistsí Moving Image Legacy and Learning initiative. She has also worked for the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture and London Artists Projects. She studied at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and Goldsmiths College. Abigail also works as a producer for clients including Forma, Juan delGado, Lupus Films, Chris Shepherd, Underwire Festival, Richard Squires and CAMP Films.

 Gary Thomas

Associate Director
Gary was previously Head of Moving Image at Arts Council England, where he initiated the Single-Shot and Necessary Journeys projects with the BFI and the UK Film Council, and the Artistsí Moving Image Legacy and Learning programme. His consultancy includes work with the Brighton Film Festival and the Crossing Boundaries report on media centres (with Tom Fleming Associates) for the UK Film Council. Gary works as a Film Adviser at the British Council, developing international touring programmes and overseeing film activities in the UK, East Asia and China. He makes films with Tim Shore, including Fits and Starts of Restlessness for Film Londonís Dickens 200.

 Board of Directors

Carol Comley, Head of Strategic Development, BFI
Ben Cook, Director, LUX
Steve Fletcher, Founder and Director, Caroll/Fletcher
Caroline Smith, independent arts consultant


David Curtis
Terry Gilliam
Clare Kitson


Liz Barnsdale, Managing Director, ais London
Ayesha Parikh, Junior Associate, McKinsey & Company, Mumbai
Alison Craighead, Artist
Ziba de Weck, Director, Parasol Unit
Keith Griffiths, Film Producer, Illuminations
Amanda King, Arts Consultant
Irene Kotlarz, Festival Director, Platform International Animation Festival
Chris O'Reilly, Producer, NEXUS Productions
Kirsty Ogg, Director, APT London and Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Adam Pugh, Curator and Writer
Nigel Rundle, Director, Deutsche Bank


Animate Projects Limited is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee

Charity Registration No. 1144291
Company Registration No. 6133397
VAT No. 907 2187 28

Registered address: 45 Empress Road, Derby, DE23 6TD