Life Lines by Dawn Foster

Our final digital story from Celebrating Change #2 is from Dawn, who has put together an incredibly beautiful and ambitious stop-motion film featuring the drawings and textile skills that make up her own personal practice. Following the thread of her own life, her mother's struggles and her own experience of motherhood, she takes the image … Continue reading Life Lines by Dawn Foster

Behind the scenes at a ship launch with Jan Winward

During our year of workshops in Middlesbrough, Jan has been a staunch participant with many interesting memories of her working life in the heyday of industrial Teesside. Never one to sit easy with the more poetic side of our writing exercises, Jan elected to film an interview for her digital story and tell us how … Continue reading Behind the scenes at a ship launch with Jan Winward

Ally’s Digital Stories

Today we're bringing you three short digital stories by Ally O'Neill, one of our workshop participants who has been learning how to combine her writing with filming and editing skills. She is deeply motivated by her love of Nature, and feels it is her mission to show people how connection with the earth can be … Continue reading Ally’s Digital Stories

A digital story by Grace Turner-Thompson

Grace is a very special member of our Middlesbrough workshop group. The film she's made will give you an insight into her life, and what she needs to secure a hopeful future. We're also delighted to bring you a poem by Grace, about her Grandma Edith who taught her how to bake. The Wedding Ring … Continue reading A digital story by Grace Turner-Thompson

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!