Animation, Arrivants & Activism: Joan Ashworth, Lee Shearman & Emily Haworth-Booth discuss their different approaches to art and animation, activism and the role of drawing.

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Description of Activity

The Royal Drawing School’s virtual series exploring the theme of Artists in Isolation, past, present and future curated by Dr Claudia Tobin. The series featured artists, curators, writers and museum directors in discussion every Wednesday throughout the Summer Term.

Joan Ashworth, Lee Shearman and Emily Haworth-Booth discussed their different approaches to art and animation, activism and the role of drawing.

Joan Ashworth and Lee Shearman unfolded their contribution to Stories in Transit, Marina Warner’s project working with refugees or 'arrivants' in Palermo, Sicily that uses storytelling and narrative games to exercise the imagination of the participants.

Joan and Lee have worked with one of the stories, as told by Saifoudiny Diallo (Dine) -one of the young arrivants from Guinea. After an oral telling of the story, participants in the workshop made drawings in response to the narrative, which were then translated into articulated silhouette and translucent paper cut-out figures. Using this artwork as material for animation, participants filmed sequences using a variety of direct techniques. Joan and Lee discussed the processes involved in creating the emerging film, screen clips, and reflect on the impact of the workshops on the participants and on future plans.
Period17 Jun 2020
Held atRoyal Drawing School, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Talk
  • activism
  • animation
  • storytelling
  • illustration
  • research