Mark works as an academic at the University of Brighton where he leads the Silver Stories project. He is a co-founder-director of DigiTales Ltd. He was previously based at Goldsmiths where he ran research projects through DigiTales and taught on postgraduate programmes.. From 2004-2008, Mark was Executive Director of Hi8us Projects where he ran Inclusion Through Media, a partnership based action research programme using media as a means to investigate ways to empower people in their communities. He has worked at the BBC, British Film Institute and Arts Council England and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in 2008.
Tricia is a co-founder-Director of DigiTales and a PhD Student at Middlesex University, London, researching the use of digital storytelling with older people. She started her career teaching media studies and video production in further education and has over 25 years experience as a trainer and manager of practice-based research projects. She is leading DigiTales’ work on Silver Stories and her international work with DigiTales has included commissions from the British Council in Greece, Israel and Australia. She lives in London and Portugal, is learning Portuguese and spends time each December making olive oil.
Robert Smith is a filmmaker who has worked as a producer, director, cameraman and story editor. He has a particular interest in the creative challenges faced getting feature length films made from script to screen. He previously ran the MA Feature Film programme at Goldsmiths, University of London, which is in the process being transformed into a practice PhD in Film. He also works as a media consultant for a wide range of commercial clients engaged in media development projects and related initiatives with special interests in the creative industries and regeneration. Robert is a co-founder-director of DigiTales. Robert currently convenes the MA Filmmaking course and is the key contact with industry.
Gareth Stanton is a media academic at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research interests lie in the areas of postcolonial theory, anthropology of the media and the interface between cultural studies and anthropology. He has recently been working on questions of world cinema and the relationship between media and the environment with a special focus on Bangladesh. He is a proud resident of Peckham in London.
Ray is a freelance photographer for indoor and outdoor arts events and is based in Brighton. He has been commissioned by many artists, arts organisations and key arts funders and his photos appear in publications and websites such as Zap Art, Arts Council of England, Stradda and Greenwich & Docklands International Festival. He has also worked as an older people’s IT trainer since 2000, teaching computer and Internet skills, designing beginner and intermediate skills courses and setting up informal drop-in sessions in and around Brighton.
Polly specialises in oral history, narrative facilitation and community mediation. She is interested in the creative dissemination of heritage and using narrative theory and storytelling to inspire communities and work towards social inclusion. She loves the smell of woodsmoke and hates car drivers that don’t give her enough space on her bike.