6:00 PM18:00

Pokemon Go for Good

Pokemon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game which has quickly become a global phenomenon. It has been downloaded by more than 100 million people worldwide and has been credited with popularising augmented reality gaming, as well as for promoting physical activity. 

This workshop gathered cultural and community organisations together to discuss the benefit of games, and how we might use digital technology and offline elements of them to motivate people to collaborate and make change locally and globally. 

Ampersand Projects, a Birmingham based organisation are interested in how we can use games to explore and solve some of the world's social problems. Their recent project 'The Gamification Lab' at mac Birmingham linked up young participants with arts organisations to create gamified engagement campaigns and build skills. 

Many thanks to Eastside Projects for hosting this event. 

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Outer Circle Artist Workshops
12:30 PM12:30

Outer Circle Artist Workshops

In July 2016 we delivered workshops for the Outer Circle project. The project connected young creatives from the rural Midlands with those in Birmingham, inviting them to share their skills and experiences and explore how their urban or rural backgrounds affects their creative practice. The workshop looked at how exploring sense of place affects artistic practice. The practical session was broken down into two parts:

1. Finding treasure - discovering place through research and collaboration
2. Creating with and for communities

The participants worked in groups to research specific places in Birmingham, noting the landscape, sociological make up and demographics, history and heritage and cultural landscape. 

The group used arts and craft materials and collaborated on ideas for work based on the research in session 1. 

It was great working with Ampersand Projects, Kate really understood the themes of the project which was reflected in the workshop. It was really engaging and I would love to work with them again. 
Rosie Clements, Outer Circle Producer


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Survive & Thrive as a Creative Practitioner
10:00 AM10:00

Survive & Thrive as a Creative Practitioner

In April 2016 we led a workshops for emerging artists and creative practitioners aged 18 - 30. Participants were looking for support in fully realising their ideas and to develop their passion into a viable career.

The day-long session at mac Birmingham helped develop creative resilience and equip participants with the skills and knowledge to develop, deliver and communicate their projects. 

This day of active learning includes presentations and advice from established arts professionals, discussions, workshops and a toolkit of resources to take away.

The session covered:

  • Project management: Developing ideas into deliverable projects;
  • Marketing: Defining brand, objectives and marketing  activity;
  • Business: Advice on setting up as a freelance practitioner;
  • Sustainability: An introduction to the opportunities and funding that is available;
  • Staying inspired; building your network and where to focus.

    The session was led by Co-Director Matt Andrews, a cultural project manager with nearly a decade’s experience of working in the arts. Matt has worked with some of the most exciting and well known organisations in the West Midlands and his experience covers exhibitions, events management, fundraising, marketing and learning. 
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