We’re so excited that our VR art, audio and literature collaboration Monoliths is up for the immersive award at the BFI London Film Festival! With Pilot Theatre.
On 24th August a group of young people from Castleford worked with Yew Tree Theatre to explore what is important to them about where they live. Through drama the children explored important themes for their future. The session was facilitated by Sarah Osborne and supported by the Big Conversation team. We had a great day filming- check out the film here
Congratulations to Culture Leicestershire for the amazing news that My Books, My Story has been shortlisted for a National Children and Young People Award. We were so pleased to have worked on the magical virtual exhibition with you and the young people. This event takes place on 6th October at the ICC in Birmingham.
What an awesome day celebrating the launch of Our Earth Your Choice. Co-produced with young people who’ve been working with us for 18 months! We were delighted to have the Mayor of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Councillor David Jones, the Mayoress, Mrs Annette Jones, and Cllr Jack Hemingway Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Climate Change to share in the celebration with participants and families of the project at The Art House Wakefield. To find out more and download the game visit www.ourearthyourchoice.co.uk
The chance to express their feelings and feel connected to others is important for all children but for children in care, it is something that can often prove difficult as they navigate the care system and work through complicated life issues. This is why we were keen to work with Culture Leicestershire and their young people to create a Virtual Gallery of artwork and books that give voice to the participants’ aspirations and hopes for the future.
We brought some of our archive films to the Castleford Tigers Supporters Club Heritage Weekend at Queens Mill Castleford. 400 people attended the event and the films gave many an opportunity to reminisce ‘We really enjoyed watching the film and reliving such great moments’ ‘it was great to see my grandad in the film who is no longer with us’.
[Photo courtesy of Jane Walton of our film Taming the Tigers 1999 and an audience]
Monoliths, our VR collaboration with Pilot Theatre will be showcased at Sheffield Doc Fest – the UK’s leading documentary festival, 23-28 June. An exploration of landscapes as radical spaces for expression and reflection, Monoliths presents the English landscape in VR through the eyes of three Northern women. Photo by John Rose Adams
Documenting different costumes from Phoenix Dance Theatre’s 40-year story to include in a new immersive virtual gallery. Great to work with some of the Phoenix dancers bringing the costumes into focus and celebrating the work that goes into costume design and the wardrobe department of world-class dance theatre. #40YearsofPhoenix
The Big Conversation is not about community consultation instead it is encouraging meaningful conversations about what’s important to residents in Wakefield. Today we’ve been filming a training day for Wakefield Council staff as part of our creative role in developing the branding, design, online resource and film part of the #BigConvoWF
We are telling the story of the Roman history of the Nene Valley producing an immersive walking trail. Enjoyed a fascinating afternoon with Dr Stephen Upex recording the story of Edmund Artis an archaeologist who uncovered and documented the most amazing roman remains at Castor. Working with Nene Park Peterborough and Nenescape.
Been busy filming today, dodging Storm Eunice as we went from location to location. Andy Lancashire, Service Director Education & Inclusion Children and Young People’s Service Wakefield gave a great interview about their “Team Around” approach putting children, young people and families at the heart of their work. Part of a series of films for Wakefield Families Together.
We’ve been collaborating with Pilot Theatre on a new Virtual Reality experience/performance called Monoliths that combines the soundscapes of real locations in the North with the stories of three Northern women. Funded by XR Stories. A glimpse of some of the VR landscapes we’ve created that react to weather conditions and lighting.
We’re very excited to be working in collaboration with Phoenix Dance Theatre on the creation of a Virtual Gallery telling the story of their remarkable history. This year, Phoenix celebrates its 40th birthday, the Virtual Gallery marks part of their celebrations and will hold a curated collection of media from over the four decades including photographs, film, audio, programmes, and 3D imagery- launching in February 2022. Follow the progress of this project in our portfolio.
Through Lived Lives for Wakefield Council, we’ve been having conversations with staff from underrepresented groups in the work force and creating a series of podcasts with artwork about equality, diversity, and inclusion for use internally within the council. We facilitated the first coming together of participants and commissioners for an inspiring, insightful session sharing ideas, aspirations, and practical insights into building a more equal and diverse workforce. Big thank you to all involved for what was a very powerful session resulting in direct and immediate positive outcomes.
It was very cold when we filmed at Chester House to capture their first Christmas, but the freezing weather didn’t deter the crowds from coming to enjoy all that Northampton’s newest destination has to offer. Within a few days of the shoot we launched a Christmas trailer. This is part of our ongoing film work documenting the story of Chester House Estate.
We spent a lovely afternoon at White Mills Marina, Earls Barton, Northampton exploring this lovely site and the facilities it has to offer. The 360 tour we’ve just produced is part of ongoing work to help promote the River Nene between Northampton and Peterborough to celebrate, protect and conserve the natural and built heritage of the landscape. One to One Development Trust are a partner of Nenescape and this is one of many projects we have done.
An inspiring night at Artwalk Wakefield playtesting Our Earth Your Choice– a video game about climate change co-produced with young people. A shout out to St George’s Community Centre and Bless Community Services for your support and enthusiasm – well done to the Our Earth Your Choice team you’re great advocates for the project. Thank you Young Livesfor hosting us.
Dreaming Methods has expanded to become a limited company. With an award-winning 20-year track record of creating innovative digital literature, online art and narrative games, Founder Andy Campbell and Co-Director Judi Alston have launched Dreaming Methods as an independent creative studio. Some atmospheric new work coming soon. Visit the website.
First of the London film screenings sold out! A magical and enriching evening showing ‘The Story of an English Stupa’ film with book readings from ‘A Hare-Marked Moon’ by David Lascelles. Jamyang Buddhist Centre and Kagyu Samye Dzong London gave us a wonderful warm reception. Read more about The Story of an English Stupa.
One to One Development Trust won two awards in the Wakefield Express Excellence in Business Awards. First is ‘Digital/ Technology Development Award’ and second … ‘Outstanding Business of the Year’. Thank you to our team, our board and our funders, the judges – but most importantly the communities we work with…this award is for all connected to us in Wakefield.
The Chester House Estate looked stunning as it opened for a private view to invited guests before tomorrows public launch. It was wonderful to share our latest film ‘The Opening Chapter’ telling the story of Chester House and its redevelopment over the last year to become a fantastic new destination. Shown to an audience of around 250 people in the artisan courtyard and under a full Hunter’s Moon it was a night to remember. Check out the film here and give this place a visit.
We are creating a new digital walking trail to celebrate the Roman history through to contemporary history of the Artis Trail from Castor, along the River Nene through Normangate- #WalkinginTime. In September 2021 we undertook two community consultation days at Nene Park to explore ideas for the trail and get feedback on some of our initial ideas and concepts. Read more about the project here.
Recently we were commissioned to create an artistic response to stories and photographs gathered from Loughborough Market currently marking its 800th anniversary. Our digital installation which we have just installed forms part of an exhibition ‘Market 800’ currently running in Charnwood Museum Loughborough. Find out more and view the installation
We have just launched a short film of the participants from the Stories of Insight project coming together for the first time to celebrate the launch of their project and to enjoy an audio tour of the exhibition. This short and moving film shows the importance of making art accessible to all. Watch the film
#StoriesofInsight a series of podcasts and photographic portraits exploring the impact of covid on people with sight loss is launching at the ‘Together and Apart’ exhibition from 10th – 20th June 2021 at The Former Market Hall, Wakefield, open daily 10am to 4pm. The project was funded by Creative Wakefield and Wakefield Council. For more information about the exhibition and other great commissions featured please visit: creativewakefield.net/event/together-and-apart.
Four young people involved in making the Our Earth Your Choice video game project presented about the project at a fringe event as part of the With Banners Held High festival. The group did an outstanding presentation and had a good opportunity to hear and link up with other youth-led climate change actions. The Our Earth Your Choice till in development went down a storm and received great feedback from the audience.
Find out more visit www.ourearthyourchoice.co.uk
Our Earth Your Choice is funded through Creative Challenge Wakefield Council and will launch in August as part of Festival of the Earth.
We’ve just run a suite of workshops for 15 charities and voluntary groups including DIY Digital Archiving, Own Your Story, Understanding Websites and Marketing to Make a Difference plus we ran a series of digital clinics for more in-depth support sessions. 100% of Making the Most of IT participants recommend these courses. Read more about the workshops and feedback from those who took part. If you are interested in booking these sessions for your organisation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We recently expanded our offer to include drone footage into our toolkit of skills. We are pleased to have passed the exams and are fully qualified drone pilots with CAA certificate and the A2 Certificate of Competence including for night flying. Check out some of the recent footage we’ve shot for current projects including landscape – urban, suburban, industrial, rural, environmental, and historical sites. If you are interested in developing a project with us, please get in touch
It’s been fun catching up with representatives from Frickley Athletic Saints (American Football Club), hearing about their rename and new home at Frickley Athletic Football Club and how they’ve been getting on through Covid keeping the team motivated. This is the latest film in a series of films we are producing about the fantastic opportunities for young people in Wakefield supported by Active & Inspired funding with Wakefield Council and Wakefield Wellbeing. View the short film here
Using the video conferencing software Hopin, we curated Creative Wakefield’s ‘The Big Network Gathering’ with 100 delegates attending. This was the first time the organisation had run a large-scale digital networking event and wanted to use a versatile platform able handle large numbers of delegates and multiple events. We were able to manage main stage presentations, breakout sessions, 1 to 1 networking and expo booths to promote other organisations. Delegates found it easier to move around this platform and attend different events. Organiser Rosalind Hill WX3 Creative Network Manager said “One to One’s technical aptitude, professional approach and commitment to the values of Creative Wakefield was evidenced in every point of contact”. If you are interested in working with us and using this platform, please get in touch email@example.com
We are delighted to launch the new Planning Aid for London website which gives lots of information and support to people and communities in London who cannot afford professional support in planning matters. The site is full of information and resources including a searchable planning library. It also offers training and volunteer opportunities.
We have just launched the new Chester House Estate website to promote this stunning new visitors attraction in Northamptonshire which due to open its doors in autumn 2021 after extensive re-developments. This a site of national historic importance and you can watch the short film we created to document progress to date.
We have been working with Space2 on a unique artistic commission to create ‘Unlocked’ a online virtual gallery inspired as a response to the Covid-19 lockdown. This stunning virtual gallery, launched on 28th January, features beautiful and thought provoking artwork created by artists and communities working with Space2 between March to October 2020. View the Gallery here
The Yorkshire Post featured our ‘Local Story’ initiative to crate local repository giving a snapshot from Wakefield communities response to the Covid-19 crisis. Suzi our recently adopted ex-racing greyhound also got a mention! Read the feature here which also talks about some of our other current projects! View the feature
Over 1000 girls from schools (Y6-Y13) in Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire heard our Director/CEO’s Judi Alston’s story about working in digital technologies as part of a Women into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) event organised by the University of Northampton. We created a short film to inspire these young women which you can watch here
We are delighted have been selected to exhibit our work ‘Curios’ at The International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling in 2020. This is the premiere conference for researchers and practitioners in game narrative and interactive storytelling and a real coup to have been selected. Take the ‘Curios’ tour here