NANOPLEX | Dove Street South, Bristol BS2 8JD |


Nanoplex is the youth & family programme at the Cube. Nanoplex is the version of The Cube Cinema that accommodates and makes way for young minds, encouraging active learning, creativity and providing opportunities for young people to help build and create their own culture. Hosting workshops, cabarets, film screenings and gigs.




JULY 2011


JUNE TO JULY 2010 APRIL TO MAY 2010 FEB TO MARCH 2010 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005





January 13th:

Kids like music, and they love live music, given the chance. We give them that chance...This is the latest in a series of gigs for kids that feature bands who normally play for adults. They play to the kids like they're real people so they feel respected and can discover the excitement of live gigs and independent music.

My Two Toms are a wonderfully fun band that use banjos, ukuleles, guitars and xylophones to play lovely Americana-esque instrumental songs. Sometimes they even wear matching shirts. I Know I Have No Collar are sweet, funny and play charmingly beepy keyboards and frenetic drums with plenty of creative audience participation. Rozi Plain's simple songs shine in your eyes and on your cheekbones like permanent summer sun.

Lots of these musicians also make art and a lot of them work with kids, so there will also be some short films and activities to engage the audience and compose songs that will be performed live on the day.

February 2nd:

This month Nanoplex presents new workshops and storytelling sessions for the little ones.This time you can come and paint a plant pot and plant a seed whilst listening to stories about growing things.

February 16th / 2pm/ 2 youth + carers; 4 general admission
Nanoplex presents: KIDS GIG with KID CARPET & GO DUTCH!

Youth and their families are invited to this high-energy gig that get you out of your seats and rocking out! KID CARPET makes, in his own words, 'Kiddy Disco Punk' and Shit Hop in his home studio using samplers, casio keyboards, and various sellotape bound second hand toys like Fisher-Price guitars, and tamagotchi innards.

GO DUTCH! are a young Bristol-based trio whose catchy lyrics, creative guitar riffs and vibrant drum beats make them an up & coming sensation. Theyre also skillfully balancing their burgeoning musical career with studying for their GCSEs. Great for all ages, but particularly enjoyable for 9 years and up.

April Sunday 27th/ 2pm / 3/2 suitable for all

As part of the Cubes Canada Festival, Nanoplex has put together a wonderful and unique programme of animated shorts for the whole family.

The Cat Came Back / Cordell Barker / 35mm

This hilarious animated short is based on the century-old folk song of the same name. Old Mr. Johnson makes increasingly manic attempts to rid himself of a little yellow cat that just won't stay away...

The Owl who married a goose / Caroline Leaf / CA / 1974 / 8mins /35mm

In this Inuit legend it is plausible enough that a goose should capture the fancy of an owl and that the owl should be quite bewildered by what follows.

Begone Dull Care / Norman Mclaren / CA / 1949 / 8 mins / 35mm

This animation is drawn directly onto film, creating an explosion in colours and rhythm, accompanied by three pieces of jazz performed by the Oscar Peterson trio.

The Sand Castle / Co Hoedeman / CA / 1977 / 13mins / 35mm

A fable of great humour and appeal, The Sand Castle is the story of the Sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand. Under his direction, they build a castle and celebrate the completion of their new home, only to be interrupted by an uninvited guest.

The Big Snit / Richard Condie / CA /1987 / 10mins / 35mm

This wonderfully wacky animation film is a look at two simultaneous conflicts, the macrocosm of global nuclear war and the microcosm of a domestic quarrel, and how each conflict is resolved.

June 21st: Sat 21st / 10am-1pm / 2 entry

In these days of camera-phones and computer editing it seems that anyone can be a filmmaker. With this in mind, Nanoplex are asking kids aged 8-12 to come down and make a short film. Working in small groups in and around the Cube, the plan is to get from story to screen in just three hours!
Places limited to 15 kids so get here early!

June 22nd: Sun 22nd / 2pm / 4/2

Do you like singing or acting out your favourite film scenes? Movioke lets you do just that live on stage!

The stage is set for this special child focused version for you to perform your favourite scene from a motion picture - karaoke style - with musical backing and a larger than life virtual compere.

From The Wizard of Oz to Bob the Builder, if you have a special scene you would like to see on big screen and act to- bring it along to our Movieoke re-launch! There will also be an extensive list of films to choose from and it is great fun for the whole family.

The Movieoke will be launched with the films from our Saturday Be Kind-Rewind workshop (see Saturday 21st for more details).

July and August 2008: NANOPCAMP

Artists and Organisers:

All artists are local to the Bristol area and each workshop includes making something that the participants can take home with them.

1. Vegan Food 101 (x2)- Rosie Hadrill (Cafe Kino)

An introduction to veganism, with a brief and simple discussion on general nutrition, active citizenship, consumer responsibility and do it yourself alternatives to mainstream animal-based foods. Hands on session will have participants making their own smoothies, dips, and spreads (no cook cooking).

Rosie is a founding member of the CafKino workers cooperative, which seeks to use and promote fair-trade, organic and vegan food. Rosie was a core organizer of Ladyfest Bristol and remains a core part of Local Kid, a group that promotes local bands and bringing independent music to Bristol.

2. T-Shirt Printing - Joff Winterhart (Here Gallery)

In this workshop the participants will be designing images and stenciling on to t-shirts.

Joff is a talented illustrator, animator, and drummer. He studied film and animation at Newport Arts School in South Wales. He plays drums in a loud band called Bucky. He has worked for Somerset Film and Video on various community video projects. He has been working for For Wolf and Water facilitating filmmaking, drawing and animation. He loves dogs and rock n roll.

3. Badges! - Alys Patterson (Cube Cinema)

Participants will design and create a little bit of textile magic to wear on their sleeve with a felt brooch. These are tokens of love and friendship or designs that are purely for fun. The campers imaginations will be mined for ideas and their hands will learn the basic sewing techniques to bring their designs to life.

Alys is a painter, printmaker, paper-cutter and textiles artist who has exhibited across England. Alyss beautiful illustrations have been snapped up by Habitat and adorn the pages of Elle to name a few. She handmakes and sells cards, badges and other charming accessories.

4. Scratch Animation - Kari Nygaard (Cube Cinema)

Scratch animation is a fun and lo-fi approach to filmmaking - the most simple form of creating moving images in which marks are scored into film stock, then projected. The participants will learn how to make an animated sequence without a camera- by painting, drawing & scratching directly onto 16 mm and 35 mm film stock and create motion with fluid lines and colours.

Filmmaker and Nanoplex programmer Kari is experienced in running workshops for young people. She has been working as a visiting artist for Creative Partnerships, Calling the Shots, Knowle West Media Centre, Blackout Arts and Animated Exeter amongst others. Kari makes films with the Rorschach Group and has exhibited multimedia and film work in the UK and abroad. She works as a part-time lecturer in Animation at Bristol School of Art, Media and Design, UWE.

5. Making Comics - Richard Starzecki (Here Gallery)

The campers will have the chance to design characters, develop short ideas in a fun workshop session and have the opportunity to produce a bound and finished mini-comic.

Richard is a freelance Illustrator and Storyboard Artist. Producing small press comics for over 10 years he is a founder of the Bristol published Dusk anthology. He is currently teaching at Weston College as a lecturer in 2D and Digital Media and running Storyboarding short courses for Bristol School of Animation, UWE.

6. Team Drawing & Drawing Games - Aaron Sewards (Here Gallery)
Team Drawing & Drawing Games.

Aaron is the founder of stitch-stitch records, an Artist and Illustrator, drawing gig posters around Bristol and was a founding member of the here gallery.

7. Songwriting and Musicmaking - Amy-Lou Spencer & Bucky (Cube Cinema)

Songwriting and Music making with Amy Lou and Bucky. Amy Lou is the author of Crafter Culture Handbook and DIY: The Rise of Lo-fi Culture. She teaches creative writing with Art+Power, and has taught English at the University in London where shes doing her PhD in English.

8. Making & Decorating Clothes - Camilla (Here Gallery)

Using new and recycled materials, campers will create new clothing or modify and decorate existing pieces. Camilla is the creator of a line of handmade clothing and accessories.

9. Noise Band - Liam Kirby/ The Cube Orchestra (The Cube)

In this workshop the campers will make their own instruments, make sound and also have the opportunity to work with musicians from The Cube Orchestra and The Arctic Circle to create sound/music and record their accomplishments.

Liam Kirby is a multi instrumentalist and part of the in-house improvising orchestra for the Cube Cinema. He is currently the main film programmer at the Cube and is studying at Master level at Bristol University.

November 16th:Sun 16th / 1pm / 2

Ride The Sky" is the first feature length production from Fallen Footwear. Featuring the Skateboarding of Chris Cole, Jamie Thomas, Tony Cervantes, Brian 'Slash' Hansen, Gilbert Crockett, James Hardy, Billy Marks, Josh Harmony, Matt Bennett and Tommy Sandoval this is one of 2008's best skateboarding films and is sure to be a classic for years to come. This is everything that you'd expect from skate film producing master Jamie Thomas. Rad skating, rad soundtrack with great editing that will make you want to go jump on your board and shred right then and there. "Rise with the Fallen"

December 21st:(Sun 21st / 2pm / 2)

(Nina Paley / 2008 / USA / 82 minutes / suitable for age 5+)

Sita is a Hindu goddess, the leading lady of Indias epic the Ramayana and a dutiful wife who follows her husband Rama on a 14 year exile to a forest, only to be kidnapped by an evil king from Sri Lanka. Despite remaining faithful to her husband, Sita is put through many tests. Nina (the filmmaker Nina Paley herself) is an artist who finds parallels in Sitas life. Three hilarious Indonesian shadow puppets narrate both the ancient tragedy and modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the epic.

Sita Sings The Blues won best feature film at Annecy Film Festival this year. A December treat for the whole family from Nanoplex.