Digital Animator Trent Denham in Residence

Published 10 October 2013

Jerome's Gift picThe 2013 UNE Writers & Illustrators in Residence program is in full swing after a fantastic visit from Children’s author James Roy last month.

October is the month of Trent Denham – internationally recognised 3D artist and illustrator. Trent has recently been a guest speaker and presenter at the Bologna Book Fair and is working with world-renowned director James Cameron on a 3D underwater documentary, Deep Sea Challenge. Trent is also working in other fields of digital technology, such as interactive e-book and iphone app creation.

Trent will be in Armidale for two weeks from 14-28 October. He is currently working on a new fantasy quest picture book, Jerome’s Gift, and will be holding two public events while he is here.

The first event, Digital Antiquity: Pompeii, Mesopotamia and More, will focus on some of Trent’s recent work which has been on display at the Melbourne Museum. For the exhibition, The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia, which was run in collaboration with the British Museum, Trent created digital animations of life in ancient times. Trent will give demonstrations and talk about how this fascinating, high-tech animation is done. This first event will take place at the UNE School of Arts Lecture Theatre A2 on Thursday, 17 October from 4:30-6:30pm. The UNE Museum of Antiquity will be opened specially for the event so that anyone interested in antiquities can visit before or after Trent’s talk.

The second event, Meet the Animator: Antiquity, Fantasy, Digital and Beyond on Saturday 26 October will involve a demonstration and discussion on his work as an international project artist, children’s book illustrator, app and interactive e-book creator. This talk will be held at Granny Fi’s Toy Cupboard, 42 Bridge Street, Uralla, from 10am-12pm.

This will be a fantastic opportunity for anyone with an interest in digital creativity to learn about this wonderfully diverse industry.

Trent is excited about the residency in Armidale and the opportunities it brings for arts in the community. “I’m really looking forward to visiting Armidale again after so many years, having lived and worked in the region as a youngster before my art career began,” he said. “This type of support is vital for the arts, enabling artists like myself to pursue cultural works in a professional, meaningful and dedicated manner. It is also a great way to connect with new audiences and encourage new generations of artists from rural Australia, and participate in what I’m sure is already a vibrant and creative community.”

Program director, Elizabeth Hale from the School of Arts, is very excited to welcome Trent to Armidale. “Trent has such extensive experience and has worked on many amazing projects,” she said. “To be able to meet him and see how he goes about bringing ancient worlds and animation to life is going to be exciting and enlightening for people of all ages.”

The program is funded by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, and supported by the School of Arts, NERAM, and the Children’s Book Council, Armidale Branch

For more information: http://writersandillustratorsinresidenceune.blogspot.com.au/p/home.html, or phone (02) 6773-3399 or email: creativecommunities@une.edu.au
Trent Denham: http://trentdenham.wordpress.com/