Norman McLaren, still from A Chairy Tale, 1957. Courtesy of the National Film Board, Canada

In summer 2017, CAMPLE LINE presented a series of three screening weekends, featuring films and artists moving image suitable for a range of ages. The programme included both short and feature-length films made by a wide range of artists and filmmakers, many of whom have explored the perspectives, dreams, games and imaginings of children and young people, as well as the decisions, expectations and disciplines placed upon them and the journeys they embark upon.

We selected films by artists and filmmakers who bring compassion, humour, interest, respect and integrity towards their young subjects, and who reflect the experiences and lives of children and young people around the world. The programme included wonderful films by Albert Lamorisse, Norman McLaren, Robert Breer, Ana Mendieta, Colin Low, Margaret Tait, Sally Potter, Miranda Pennell, Otto Bell, Dryden Goodwin, Salla Tykka, Pilvi Takala, Moufida Fedhila, Mohammed-Ali Talebi, Jillian Schlesinger and others.

Alongside the programme of films, we undertook a series of animation workshops with Penpont Primary School throughout June and hosted a 16mm film workshop led by artist Katie Schwab 2-3 September.

Animation Workshop
16mm Film Workshop with Katie Schwab

Alongside the screenings and projects, we were delighted to show hand-painted cinema posters by artist Charlie Hammond, in conjunction with a small original poster printed in Thornhill and advertising the opening hours and terms of entry for Dr Grierson’s Museum on New Years Day 1885. Gratefully loaned to CAMPLE LINE by Dumfries & Galloway Archives and with thanks to Graham Roberts.