Accelerate Animation | Drive
DRIVE is Animate Projects’ creative development programme, offering support to UK based artists and animators.
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The DRIVE creative development programme is supporting five UK based artists and animators. Bespoke and artist-led, DRIVE fosters a challenging and supportive peer network, encouraging the cross-pollination of ideas, and developing the artists’ creative, professional and business skills.

DRIVE also offers the wider professional and public audience an insight into the process and progress of the artists through events and online documentation over the course of the programme.

Five artists are taking part in DRIVE in 2015/2016, over 10 months. The initiative has been developed with, and is generously supported by, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and is also supported with public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The DRIVE participants have a range of practice and experience, having worked across independent animation, gallery, public art, online and feature film. They are: Jessica Ashman, Katerina Athanasopoulou, George Eksts, Sarah Evans and Chris Newby. In the projects they developing they have set themselves ambitious challenges to take their work in new and exciting directions. Through DRIVE they will identify the expert support, strategic and practical steps they need to take to realise these proposals.

We received 63 proposals for the five places and the overall quality was exceptionally high, evidencing the extent and breadth of contemporary animation practice. We were helped in the selection process by artist Roz Mortimer and co-founder and executive producer of Film Club productions, Sue Loughlin.


We have selected five artists to record their progress, click the profiles below to visit each artist’s blog.


Jessica works as a freelance animator and modelmaker. Now based in London, she studied animation at the University of Lincoln and graduated with an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art, London in 2014.


Katerina is an animation artist living and working in London. She studied painting at the School of Fine Arts,, Aristotle University in Thessaloniki and has an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art in London.


George is an artist, working with video, photography, sculpture and printmaking. He has a BA in Photography from Falmouth College of Arts and an MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art (2011).


Sarah Evans works mainly in drawing, animation, site-responsive installation and performance. She studied Fine Art at Reading University and has an MFA from Winchester School of Art.


Chris studied at Leeds Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. His films include The Old Man of the Sea (1989, ACGB/C4), Relax (1991, BFI/Channel 4) – winner of the Teddy Award at Berlin Film Festival and the feature Anchoress (1993), selected for Cannes Film Festival.