Join us for a variety of masterclasses and workshops throughout the year.

Collaborating with working artists to deliver masterclasses, workshops and courses is what makes our offering at IOU unique. Spend time building existing skills, or developing new ones.

New short courses for 2022

Our workshop programme launches with 3 short courses in our studio at Dean Clough, Halifax. 

Our next workshop, is a one day Masterclass in Stop Motion Animation in collaboration with Alixe Lobato.

Whatever your level of experience ( beginners are welcome), delivered over four sessions, each course provides a chance to work with professional artists to learn new skills and techniques, develop your own creative ideas and produce your final artwork.

Stop motion animation is one of the easiest techniques to adapt to the resources you can find to create an impressive digital animation.

Led by Calderdale based creative animators Alixe Lobato and Josephine von Bülow, this DIY intensive one day workshop will show participants how to mimic the professionals and start to produce your own animation stories using easy to find tools and materials.

Over the day, we will guide groups  through the animation production process from start to finish – including script writing, storyboarding, constructing a set, model making, shooting, animating and editing film.

This is a creative-led workshop and the choice of animation subject and style can be as experimental, informative and imaginative as the film- makers themselves – the only limit is your imagination

One off community workshops 

IOU will continue to run community workshops in conjunction with current artistic projects and shows. All workshops are introductory and the sessions will be governed by the theme of the corresponding project. Generally, these activities will be delivered in partnership with school’s, colleges and partner arts centres. 

Get a taster of our previous workshops.


Our development programme is for individuals or groups from any discipline. It is designed to help realise emerging projects by providing whatever assistance is needed, whether that is studio space, technical staff time, workshop tools, advice from an arts professional or a combination of all.

The Future

Over the next five years, we will establish IOU studio as a creation centre for the North of England that facilitates the making of innovative art projects and supports a new generation of artists with engineering, construction and invention at its core.