Bury Art Museum has teamed up with an animation company which has an archive of classic shows to run a series of skills workshops.

The Moss Street museum is working with Creative Industries Trafford and Cosgrove Hall Films Archive (CHF), which has Danger Mouse and Postman Pat among others in its collection.

Artists Maddie Branagan and Carson Animation are collaborating with the gallery’s resident Friday Artists, learning exciting new techniques during the programme of skills workshops, provided by the iconic animation giant.

As well as Danger Mouse and Postman Pat, the internationally-acclaimed CHF collection contains some of the best-loved children’s characters of the 20th Century including Wind in the Willows, The BFG and Chorlton and the Wheelies among others.

The Chorlton-cum-Hardy based studio was founded by Brian Cosgrove and Mark Hall in 1976 and it quickly became the UK’s largest animation house.

Waterside are custodians of the CHF archive, based in Sale, Trafford, housing and preserving the collection since 2017.

The Friday Art Group began as NHS Choices, aimed at promoting positive health and wellbeing through art.

The group is now a long-running weekly social experience where being creative has become an important part of their lives.

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The former NHS group has been coming to classes at the museum, guided by team member and artist Lee Crocker for more than 13 years, seeing confidence grow in their abilities.

They are going from strength to strength.

One of the group recently showed in a group exhibition at Sotherby's London and another member has completed an artist residency at The Whitworth with Venture Arts, others have become members and won awards as part of Bury Art Society.

The council said "engaging with animation enables communities across Greater Manchester and beyond to access animation and storytelling skills for wellbeing, health and cultural enrichment".

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The project has been supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council and the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund in partnership with Creative Industries Trafford.