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Shepton Digi Kids Programme - 9th & 10th of November @ Kilver Court

All children must be accompanied by an adult for all workshops

As part of the Shepton Digital Arts Festival this year we are staging a digital arts festival for Children called Shepton Digi Kids. Shepton Digi Fest is a showcase for emerging talent in digital arts and media and we are working with some of the best professionals in this industry in order to inspire the next generation of talent.  The main festival programme runs from the 7th to 10th of November and Shepton Digi Kids is the 9th & 10th of November, which is a Friday and Saturday.

Shepton Digi Fest & Shepton Digi Kids is an invaluable opportunity for children to be inspired and learn new skills in a valuable and important local industry.

Lightstream - with Take Art and Richard Tomlinson 

An interactive light and sound installation for young children. Colourful lights drift and collide across the large screen as if carried on a current of air. Bubbles of colour merge to create bigger bubbles and new colours. Objects become visible, transform and then vanish. Simple forms appear to duplicate themselves to reveal repetitive patterns of colour and shape. Children control the visual events by making a noise, clapping their hands, playing a drum or singing a note.

Lightstream is an engaging visual spectacle for young children to explore cause and effect. It has been produced by early years artist Richard Tomlinson on behalf of  Take Art and is a brilliant sensory playground for young children and their families. 

Ages: Early years
Dates:  9th and 10th from 10am to 5pm
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Let’s Get Animated! With award winning film maker Howard Vause

Make your own animated film - then go home and watch it!  Discover the fun and amazing magic of animation with award winning animator Howard Vause of Frome Media Arts.

Ages:  7 – 13yrs
Date: 2 sessions on the 9th of November, 12 to 2pm, 3pm to 5pm
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Flash Bang Film Making  - make and star in your own film in 90 minutes - with Take Art's children's artsworker/film maker Richard Tomlinson. 

Kids get the chance to create, star and live edit their own film in this fun packed role play workshop.  Richard - as chief story teller and one man show, with a class of co-stars - will unleash the imagination and capture it all on DV film.

Richard has worked as an artist and filmmaker for nearly 20 years, primarily working with children.  Recent work includes working with pre-school children at Yeovil District Hospital to design permanent artworks for the hospital chapel, and filmmaker for the ‘Ready Steady Shoot’ programme commissioned by Somerset Film.

Richard also devises and delivers arts projects with: Somerset Art Works, SPAEDA (Somerset Partnership Arts and Education Agency),  Barnardo’s, Somerset Mind, SeeAbility, Community Health International, Connexions and the Health Authority.

Age range: Suitable for Primary school kids

Date: 2 sessions on the 9th of November @ 10am  to 11.30am & 2pm to 3pm
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Cool Coding for Kids with Nudge Digital 

This fun session with leading Bristol digital agency Nudge Digital introduces kids to the joys of writing computer code. We go beyond the geeky image of coding to show you some of the cool stuff you can do with a mouse and keyboard. This is a child-friendly introduction to a skill that could open the door to an exciting career in the future. 

About this workshop:

Nudge Digital will take you through a series of challenges in which you will identify, sort, arm, create and kill zombies!

This quick introduction to websites, software and code will ensure that the children leave understanding the structure of web based software and give them the essential ideas needed to go away, learn more and create, if they so desire!

Age range: 11 to 13 years, 14 to 15 years
Sessions for the 9th of November: 11.00 to 11.45am, 12.00pm - 12.40pm, 2pm to 2.40pm
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Please bring your own laptop.

Kid Carpet and The Noisy Animals 

A rock 'n' roll musical for kids staring theatre star and TV presenter Kid Carpet. Positioned somewhere between Oliver Postgate and The Beastie Boys, this lively and entertaining show blends theatre and comedy with animation and original live music.  

Join Gorilla (drummer), Badger (chatterbox), Bear (really needs a poo), Hedgehog (not saying anything…yet) and Kid Carpet as they make friends, play games, contemplate the world and rock out at a grand dance contest.

Kid Carpet is internationally known for his unique brand of electro-pop-punk. In Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals he uses lo-fi technological wizardry to turn plastic toys into the superstars of a punk rock musical for the whole family.

Ages: 3 to 8 and parents! 
Date: Show 1 Friday 9th @ 2pm & Show 2 Saturday 10th of November @ 2pm, duration 50 mins with no interval
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Hands on Model Making with Aardman's head model maker Jim Parkyn

Model maker Jim joined Aardman in 1998 to work on the world's best loved poultry-based blockbuster Chicken Run, and since then has helped shape the stars of shows such as Wallace and Gromit, Creature Comforts and Shaun the Sheep. Having recently finished work on Aardman's latest exciting "Pirates" feature film, Jim is leading a team on new Shaun the Sheep projects.  

Grab your plasticine and Jim will guide you through making your very own Aardman creature to take home - lets see if we can beat the record we set last year when more than 165 Gromits were created!

Ages: All ages
Date: 10th of November @ 10am to 11.30am  &  2pm to 3.30pm
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All children must be accompanied by an adult for all workshops/events.


Pinhole camera creation - Capture 6 months of sunshine with Justin Quinnell

Pinhole photographer Justin Quinnell shows you how a humble, home-made camera built out of household objects can create extraordinary images of light and time.  Justin is a master of the art of pinhole photography, working with and teaching students of all ages from primary to university across the UK and worldwide.

A lecturer in photography at University College Falmouth and artist in residence at Knowle West Media Centre, Justin's current work includes a commission to take a series of 4-year duration images for Bristol NHS Trust. His images have appeared in feature films (pinhole consultant for the Rachel Weisz movie 'The Brothers Bloom'), NASA's website and many exhibitions and publications. He has made TV appearances (The One show, Jonathan Ross show, Radio 4 'Today') and has had two books published of his work, 'Mouthpiece' and 'Make your own paper camera' which came out last year.

Ages: 5 + 
Dates: 2 workshops on the 10th of November @ 10am and 2pm
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Please e-mail us: or call 01373 465 565.  Advance bookings recommended.  All children must be accompanied by parents or legal guardian.  Costs are £2.50 per child, £5.00 per adult, advance bookings recommended. We welcome group bookings.