POOLE Museum are to host a new interactive exhibition of work by students, graduates and researchers from the National Centre for Computer Animation at Bournemouth University.

The interactive exhibition Once Upon a Time in Animation will showcase a selection of original concept art, storyboards, stills, games and finished films from former and current students at the university.

The objects and artwork on display are from the archives of the NCCA, which include staff and student work as well as industry donations.

Michael Spender, Museum and Arts Manager for BCP Council, said: “We are looking forward to hosting such an innovative, family-friendly exhibition.

“It is wonderful to showcase the creative work of students and graduates from our local community.

“I would encourage all local residents and visitors to see this unique exhibition which aims to engage and inspire.”

The exhibition, which features household names including Miffy, Beatrix Potter and Aardman,

explores different areas of animation, from film to game design, and shows how an initial idea develops into a finished moving image.

While watching showreels from NCCA graduates, visitors will also learn more about advances in computer animation, how animation has impacted other fields including medicine, and the different career paths within animation.

The exhibition will be supported by a range of online workshops for children and young people, including coding and game design, as well as a programme of talks will feature leading experts and artists.

The Wallace & Gromit Family Trail will invite audiences of all ages to experience Poole Museum with all new eyes, whilst the NCCA and partner organisations will be running careers guidance for those interested in working in the field of computer animation.

Dr Oliver Gingrich, of Bournemouth University NCCA, said: “We are excited to present such a wealth of diverse animation practices - showcasing, the past, present and future of the NCCA, and its creative motto of Science in the Service of Arts”

The exhibition is generously supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants.