Why New Year’s Resolutions Matter – by Scarlet Pink

Resolution One: Make small but MIGHTY changes Unless you’ve been living in a plastic bubble over the past few years, you will know the serious impact that plastic and waste has on our planet.  We’ve seen the documentary footage of sea birds regurgitating plastic to feed their chicks and beached whales with stomachs full of … Continue reading Why New Year’s Resolutions Matter – by Scarlet Pink

It’s OK Not To Be OK – An Alternative Christmas Story by Scarlet Pink

“Tis the season to be jolly” someone wrote over a hundred years ago in a carol, so it must be true, right? The soundtrack of our festive ‘experience’ reminds us repeatedly that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, where everybody’s having fun. Mariah’s high-pitched warbling and Slade’s manic “IT’S CHRISTMAS!” sums up … Continue reading It’s OK Not To Be OK – An Alternative Christmas Story by Scarlet Pink

Barefoot Kitchen by Scarlet Pink

“We could see what was needed in our communities and now we can make it happen” Lifelong friends bring people together through their love of growing and cooking food!   I think most of us would agree, that it takes courage, resilience and a strong social conscience to grow a social enterprise from the grass … Continue reading Barefoot Kitchen by Scarlet Pink

Middlesbrough’s Best Kept Secret – Nature’s World by Scarlet Pink

From beer gardens to alleyways, public parks to community spaces; if it’s home to a few potted plants and some shrubbery, then nowadays pretty much anywhere can be a ‘secret garden.’ Most ‘secret’ gardens, are not actually meant to be secret, or they wouldn’t attract swarms of visitors. What’s the point of a beautiful garden, … Continue reading Middlesbrough’s Best Kept Secret – Nature’s World by Scarlet Pink

Two poems by Chris Stewart

This week we're happy to share two pieces by Middlesbrough performance poet Chris Stewart. Chris describes himself as "a background extra in a Harvey Weinstein movie because it is literally true. He is snoze af - so woke he had to hit snooze.  He's been in loads of magazines and things you wouldn't have heard of.  … Continue reading Two poems by Chris Stewart

Together, we create magic!

On Monday 13th May we will hold our second free 'digital storytelling' taster session, 1.30pm at Middlesbrough Central Library. Even if you are completely new to writing, or  using iPads to make films, we can help you contribute to a simple group filmpoem - like this one, created in just 90 minutes by participants at … Continue reading Together, we create magic!

Celebrating Change – second year!

Hi all, if you haven't already heard via our social media channels, I'm very pleased to tell you that Celebrating Change is funded for a second year! We are very grateful for the support of Arts Council England, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, the Dorman Museum, and Seed Bed charity. Our first … Continue reading Celebrating Change – second year!

A filmpoem by Tracy

The final digital story from lats year's Celebrating Change is this from Tracy - and just in the nick of time, as we can now reveal that Arts Council England is supporting us for a second year! Watch this space for more details of taster sessions leading up to our project start date on Thursday … Continue reading A filmpoem by Tracy

A poetry film by Sandra Falconer

In this filmpoem using archive footage, Sandra reflects on how life has changed for girls. She uses life experiences from her mother, herself, and her granddaughter to talk about how expectations and opportunities have changed for women. So this seemed the perfect digital story to share with you on International Women's Day!

Nine Things That Are Precious To Me by Lynne

I had great fun helping Lynne with this digital story, I just wish I had been using Sharpies for a darker line! Lynne read her poem to me slowly, explaining some of the images, while I doodled whatever pictures came into my head. She filmed me as I drew, using the timelapse function on the … Continue reading Nine Things That Are Precious To Me by Lynne