Reading on Screen

Reading on Screen is a collaboration between the universities of Bournemouth and Brighton funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.  It is designed to share the findings with the public, of two previous projects at Bournemouth University, funded by the AHRC, Researching Readers Online and Digital Reading Network.

DigiTales is delighted to be a partner in this project, using Digital Storytelling to capture the stories of readers living through the technological advances of the last decades which have resulted in more and more people ‘reading on screen’. Workshops take place in Bournemouth (May), Brighton (September) and Sheffield (October) and culminates in a final exhibition at the University of Brighton on December 15th 2017.   Reading on Screen  This project is also supported by The Reading Agency, a charity dedicated to inspiring people to read moreReading on Screen will also feature as part of Brighton Festival in October 2017.

Details of the workshops and stories can be found on the Reading on Screen website.

 

 

Selected images from Bournemouth and Brighton workshops.  Photos: Ray Gibson.

Histórias de migração – Stories of migration

DigiTales collaborated with Dr. Elena Vaccelli at the University of Greenwich on a pilot project working with the Portuguese speaking community in Stockwell, South London.

There are roughly 35,000 Portuguese speaking migrants in Stockwell, spanning across different generations of migration and across different continents, including Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. The pilot project used Digital Storytelling as a creative and collaborative method to explore urban exclusion for the Portuguese speaking community in gentrifying Stockwell.

The ‘social encounter’ of the digital storytelling workshop encourages participants to reflect on and share personal narratives which are borne out of a dialogical relationship amongst the group.

Here’s a sample of the stories we produced in a noisy Portuguese café, in just a few hours, speaking a mixture of Portugese and English and enjoying the inevitable Pasteis de Nata (gorgeous custard tarts).

Memories of Angola, by Anabela Vez

A Hug when I needed it, by Irene de Sousa

Deciding to Come, by Maria Conceicão Pinto Araujo Fontoura

Some images from the workshop in July 2017.

UnTold Stories

Untold Stories is a Civic Engagement project, supported by the University of East London’s (UEL) Civic Engagement Fund and the Salvation Army Housing Association (SAHA).  Digitales is working with 7 students from UEL to train them in Digital Storytelling facilitation, which they will then go on to apply as they facilitate a Digital Storytelling workshop in May 2017 at the University with young people from SAHA’s Braintree Foyer.  Foyers provide affordable and safe accommodation linked to employment and training opportunities, support and a range of other services for young people aged between 16 and 24.  The stories that are produced from the workshops will be screened at this year’s International Digital Storytelling get-together, the Untold Un-conference, which will be hosted by UEL on 11th and 12th July.  The first facilitator training workshop for the students took place on March 28-30th.
Images by Ray Gibson.
 

Hidden Voices: Digital Storytelling with Prisoners’ Families

DigiTales collaborated with Zap Art, Sussex Prisoners’ Families and the University of Brighton on the Hidden Voices project, creating digital stories with families of prisoners in Brighton in February 2017.

Hidden Voices was a programme of expressive arts workshops in youth clubs and community centres across East and West Sussex, to raise awareness of the ‘hidden sentence’ faced by one of society’s most invisible groups – prisoners’ families (partners, carers, parents and particularly young people and children). A key aim was to highlight the impact of family imprisonment upon wellbeing, relationships and life chances and offer a platform to promote youth voice.

DigiTales and the University of Brighton led an intensive, 3-day Digital Storytelling workshop and showcased the stories in May as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival.

Watch the stories!

Project Partners:

Zap Art is a creative arts charity, internationally renowned for introducing high quality, powerful arts experiences to new audiences, with a particular focus on engaging people in areas of deprivation, working with disadvantaged or marginalised groups. Zap designs creative programmes and cultural events that involve communities, and through working in partnership with social organisations it seeks to support people to transform their personal situations or tackle social issues.

Sussex Prisoners’ Families (SPF)

SPF is a community interest company, established in 2013, which supports local families in Brighton, West Sussex and East Sussex to cope emotionally and practically with the imprisonment of a loved-one. SPF offers support and advice to families (partners, carers, parents, young people and children) as well as training and awareness-raising for professionals so that they can better meet families’ needs. SPF’s first strand of work is supporting defendant families in court, but they are currently developing community based support groups including youth voice activity.

The project was supported by grant funding from   People’s Postcode Trust (£20,000) and BBC Children in Need (£10,000).

 

 

Hidden Voices: Digital Storytelling with Prisoners’ Families

 

 

 

DigiTales collaborated with Zap Art, Sussex Prisoners’ Families and the University of Brighton on the Hidden Voices project, creating digital stories with families of prisoners in Brighton in February 2017.

The project was supported by grant funding from   People’s Postcode Trust (£20,000) and BBC Children in Need (£10,000).

Hidden Voices was a programme of expressive arts workshops in youth clubs and community centres across East and West Sussex, to raise awareness of the ‘hidden sentence’ faced by one of society’s most invisible groups – prisoners’ families (partners, carers, parents and particularly young people and children). A key aim was to highlight the impact of family imprisonment upon wellbeing, relationships and life chances and offer a platform to promote youth voice.

DigiTales and the University of Brighton led an intensive, 3-day Digital Storytelling workshop and showcased the stories in May as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival.

Project Partners:

Zap Art is a creative arts charity, internationally renowned for introducing high quality, powerful arts experiences to new audiences, with a particular focus on engaging people in areas of deprivation, working with disadvantaged or marginalised groups. Zap designs creative programmes and cultural events that involve communities, and through working in partnership with social organisations it seeks to support people to transform their personal situations or tackle social issues.

Sussex Prisoners’ Families (SPF)

SPF is a community interest company, established in 2013, which supports local families in Brighton, West Sussex and East Sussex to cope emotionally and practically with the imprisonment of a loved-one. SPF offers support and advice to families (partners, carers, parents, young people and children) as well as training and awareness-raising for professionals so that they can better meet families’ needs. SPF’s first strand of work is supporting defendant families in court, but they are currently developing community based support groups including youth voice activity.

 

 

 

StoryA|STORY Abroad

Validating and Connecting Experiences of Working and Studying Abroad Through Digital Storytelling

StoryA – A Transnational European project funded by ErasmusPlus.  The UK Component is led by the University of Brighton.

Partners: MeltingPro (Italy – lead partner); Storycenter (USA), Media Shots (Portugal), Verein Digital Story Vienna (Austria), Perspectives (Belgium), Museu da Pessoa (Brazil), Kulturskolan Stockholm (Sweden), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa).

DigiTales is working closely with the University of Brighton to deliver the UK components of STORYA. Our primary goal was to take advantage of the opportunity to work with a group of young people over an extended period of time on a sharply focussed research question. Our view was that the longer time period created scope to establish relationships with young people by introducing them to digital storytelling before they went abroad so they could gather resources for their story while they travelled before attending a production workshop to craft their stories on their return. We were fortunate enough to be able to draw on our existing relationship with the Salvation Army Housing Association’s Open Talent programme which provides new creative opportunities for hard to reach young people and includes periods spent outside the UK.   UoB, DigiTales and SAHA worked together to create a bespoke workshop programme for young people travelling to South Africa and the Netherlands. For most of the group, this journey was their first time outside the UK. In December 2015, we ran a three day workshop to produce digital stories with the group about the impact of their experiences abroad.  Here is a story by Sophie, who describes a life changing experience:

https://vimeo.com/152880100

You can see stories from across the partnership here on the StoryAbroad Youtube channel.  We also made a short video containing interviews from the young people as they went through their digital storytelling workshop.  You can download the E-Book that was produced by the partnership: Travelling Stories.

Silver Stories

DigiTales was one of the 3 UK partners of the Silver Stories partnership which was led by the Universty of Brighton.  It was funded by the Lifelong Learning ‘Transfer of Innovation’ programme. DigiTales developed the Silver Stories proposal to the EC with the University of Brighton,building  upon our award-winning Extending Creative Practice project, which ran from 2010 – 2012.

Silver Stories explored the use of Digital Storytelling with health care professionals who are working with, or training to work with older people. The project  tested the benefits of digital storytelling as a tool for reflective learning, as an active engagement tool to help combat digital exclusion of active older people and as a means to stimulate memory and articulate stories that may otherwise not be told by older people.

Working with health care professionals allowed DigiTales to gather new stories, create new quality assured modules for use in Higher Education across the partner countries and demonstrate the power of digital storytelling in Higher Education, community and workplace settings.

Salvation Army Housing Association (SAHA)

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DigiTales was commissioned by the Salvation Army Housing Association (SAHA) to train staff to use digital storytelling with their residents, many of whom are young people who have faced challenges and difficulties in their lives. The SAHA approach, through its Open Talent programme, is based on a life coaching model, which emphasises talent spotting and talent building to enable young people to make a successful transition to adult independence. SAHA sees Digital Storytelling as a powerful tool to enable young people not only to develop their creative and technical skills, but also as a means to reflect, reveal and share personal experiences that have had an impact on their lives.

 

 

 

Extending Creative Practice

Extending Creative Practice (2010-2012)
Extending Creative Practice involved five partners from four countries exploring the use of digital storytelling as a means to reduce the digital exclusion of older people and to gather stories from across distinct settings.  DigiTales trained trainers from partner organisations in Finland, Slovenia and Romania who then went on to make digital stories with older people.  A final conference was held in Maribor, Slovenia as part of the EC Capital of Culture programme during May 2012. The evaluation of the programme can be downloaded from here.

Extending Creative Practice was selected as an example of good practice by the UK National  Agency and awarded a prize by the British Council.  Research papers addressing the themes of Extending Creative Practice have been presented at international conferences in Spain, Romania, Turkey and Portugal

DiGem (Digital Empowerment)

Digital Empowerment (DigEm)
(2009-2012)

Digem was a six country partnership based project exploring the use of digital storytelling as means to train economically marginalised groups of people with ICT skills to enable them to join the labour force. The DigiTales team developed the curricula for the project and trained all the trainers in the partner organisations.  The participating countries were Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Lithuania and Czech Republic.  Each partner went on to make stories with different community groups including asylum seekers, women, unemployed young people and older people who had lost their jobs.

In the UK, DigiTales worked with the BBC, colleagues from Goldsmiths and community groups to develop a programme of work marking the relocation of BBC activity to Media City in Salford.  Digital stories were made using archive footage from the BBC enabling local people to explore how their perception of particular events had been shaped by media representations.  DigiTales also worked with Inclusion Ventures from Jaywick to produce a portfolio of digital stories with young people from what was officially known as the most deprived town in England.

Digem was nominated by the EC as one the best ICT projects of 2012.  The guide to Digital Storytelling completed by the DigiTales Team for this project can be download here (add link through active word)