APES is an annual forum for professionals (scholars and practitioners) concerned in advancing and promoting animation as therapeutic practice, educational technique, and as a tool for social engagement. The symposium offers an alternative view of the potential of animation beyond artistic expression, entertainment or publicity, and identifies new terrains in the interface of animation with society.
Intrinsically interdisciplinary, APES encourages groundbreaking research on the intersection of animation arts and public engagement to identify new fields of inquiry and study vis-à-vis the connection of animation and the public sphere. APES brings together scholars and researchers from areas such as health/well-being; social impact and activism; therapeutic studies, including art and psychotherapies; and educational initiatives.
Since 2014 APES has been organized by two U.K. organizations and research groups associated with Loughborough University: Healing Education Animation Research Therapy (HEART) and the Animation Academy. From now on, APES will be host in the USA and the U.K every other year.