ZooFish Arts CIC


Just in case you think we haven't been busy recently...

Most new projects have been through ZooFish Arts CIC, the social enterprise I set up with Rachel Huggett and Dr Anna Sowter in 2013.  You can see our progress at www.zoofisharts.co.uk or on  our Facebook page.

ZooFish Arts CIC

Heatherlands School July 2014


Part of an end of school year celebration, worked with three classes to document the woodland walk on the school grounds, using tablets.  A quick selection of pupil images quickly became a slideshow shown at end of day in assembly.

The very best images were composited into two 2.3m wall panels that are mounted in the school corridor.

heatherlands_1 heatherlands_2

Heatherlands School July 2014
Projects, Recent Projects

Drawing Inspiration – Dorset AONB 2013


Current project with Dorset AONB working with five schools in West Dorset - 're-photographing' iconic views the students have found from old photographs and postcards.  More to follow - images will be shot by end of December for exhibition in 2014.

Header image from Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis, who have gone down a digital route.

Watch this space!

Drawing Inspiration – Dorset AONB 2013
Projects, Recent Projects

Dorset School Games 2013


A series of short photography/journalism workshops throughout Spring 2013 with students from various schools around Dorset to give them the skills to document their own sports events - culminating in the Dorset School Sports at Bryanston School in June.

A good mix of documentary and more creative interpretations - and a great atmosphere.  Good to see them working alongside student film crews too.

An annual event, we hope.  More  from www.activedorset.org...

Dorset School Games 2013
Projects, Recent Projects

Beyond The Line – 2012


Beyond the Line was a three month project funded by Art Care in the Spring of 2012, working with patients at the Spinal Unit of Salisbury Hospital.

I worked with long stay patients to create images that documented their surroundings - the wonderfully labyrinthine corridors and industrial exteriors of the older parts of the hospital.  We broke this up with a couple of portrait sessions to produce 'photo booth' style strips of photos of the clinical staff.  My thanks to all who took part - especially the staff who agreed to be photographed, often at very short notice - and to those of my students who made parts of this project possible.

Other aspects of this project included covering Salisbury team success at the Interspinal Games 2012 at Stoke Mandeville (they won!), covering a guitar workshop and performance, and a small series of portraits of ex-patients who have found sporting achievement at national and international level.

Participants' images are exhibited along the corridors at the Spinal Unit...

Beyond The Line – 2012
Recent Projects

NDACA – Photographic Documentation Project


In February 2008 I photographed part of the National Disability Art Collections and Archive held by and on display at Holton Lee, as part of a bid for funding for an archive building - that unfortunately was unsuccesful. 

I am delighted to say that the project lives on - you can read more about it at www.ndaca.org.uk and at Shape Arts.

<<NDACA will bring to life the heritage and rich history of the Disability Arts Movement. Led by disabled people and disability arts organisations all over the UK, it will provide an important resource for disabled people to realise their own heritage and bring non-disabled people closer to the struggles that they have been faced with over the last 30 years.>>

I will credit artists as I discover names - Tony Heaton the only one so far.

NDACA – Photographic Documentation Project
Projects, Recent Projects

Battle of the Winds – Weymouth Opening Ceremony Olympics 2012


<<'Battle for the Winds' is a unique theatrical event which tells the story of a quest to gather the winds from across the South West to power the sailing, with the grand finale featuring pyrotechnics, dance and aerial performance, people flying above the crowds and 2012 torchbearers.>> This great show opened the 2012 Olympics in Weymouth.

I documented rehearsals in Bournemouth and performances on stage in Weymouth - more about the project at www.diversecity.org.uk and a review and some images at www.disabilityartsonline.org.uk

Wouldn't have missed it for the world....

Battle of the Winds – Weymouth Opening Ceremony Olympics 2012
Recent Projects

Arohanui


Funded by Skills&Learning Bournemouth and Poole, we ran photography workshops around Boscombe for 8 residents at Arohanui in Walpole Road. We hope to have an exhibition of work sometime soon.

A great mix of folk involved - really hope we can get it extended...

Arohanui
Projects

Relays Sports Leader


Four sessions in MArch 2012 working with Relays Sports Leaders and Annie Hargreaves at Wey Valley School to deliver photography workshsops and some coverage for schools attending events in the wonderful Wey Valley Tennis Centre as part of the run up to the Olympics. RELAYS are training young people to run and facilitate sports events around the South West in the build up to the Olympics.

We focussed on giving young people a mix of core camera skills and an insight into what can make for great sports photography - it was a delight to see the enthusiasm and excitement this generated - not to mention the great photographs....  Wonderful soft lighting from the translucent roof of the Tennis Centre – just like being inside a huge softbox.  A bit chilly, but some excellent photos.

There may be scope to extend these workshops – watch this space…

"RELAYS aims to inspire young people and their communities to participate in, create and promote cultural and sporting activities; engaging the region with the London 2012 Games and creating a lasting legacy beyond 2012."

Relays Sports Leader
Recent Projects

Jubilee Project – Bourne Valley


A new project in the early development stage - we have just run a short photography project and open day looking to encourage participation in a new Jubilee project based in the Bourne Valley area in Poole, with funding through Skills&Learning Bournemouth and Poole.

Working with members of the Bourne Valley Action Group, the project has so far have taken some 700 images - many of which were featured in an exhibition in March.  Thanks to Bob, Jackie, Nancy, Sharon, Sue and Therese for the images.

Watch this space - more to follow as we get the main project running!

Jubilee Project – Bourne Valley
Projects

Photography and ESOL


Wish we had a better name for this!

Working with an 'Eastern European' group (I really don't like that term - think Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Lativian...) to explore aspects of British culture.  Watch out for a new blog site on www.photoecho.org.uk where we will publish photos, articles, short videos and the like.  Funding from DREC through Skills & Learning Bournemouth and Poole - thanks, Dan!

Themes so far have centred around the British obsession with shopping, contrasting different areas of Bournemouth and Poole - from Boscombe to Westbourne, and we plan to get to the Christmas Market in Bournemouth Square. We hope to continue through January 2012, exploring the press, entertainement and TV, tourism, religion, politics...

Photography and ESOL
Projects

Changing Faces Portrait Project – August 2011


Another trades union short project funded by Bournemouth Adult Learning to work alongside train drivers and guards from RMT/ASLEF at SW Trains, with the support of local Union Learning Rep Mark Carter.

We worked up camera and lighting skills using portable flash then developed a small team approach to photographing passengers on Bournemouth Station, where we hope to have an exhibition later in 2011. We were lucky enough to have a model for one shoot - Lynn has a great 1950s look...

Union21 launch - photo © Rod Leon

Union21 launch - photo © Rod Leon

Update: Work has been exhibited in Swindon Railway Museum, and was extremely well received at a show held in The House of Parliament hosted by Unions 21.  SW Trains have commissioned the team to shoot the images for their new Guards Handbook - work is currently underway.  Bournemouth exhibition is scheduled for 26th January 2012 launch....

Images by Darren, Gary, Mark, Peter and Roy...

Changing Faces Portrait Project – August 2011
Projects

CWU – 2009:2011


Ongoing photography courses and projects with the Communication Workers Union in Poole and Dorchester, initially funded by Bournemouth Adult Learning to include some elements of practical numeracy, and working closely with Lead Union Learning Representative Barry Underdown.

e are now self funded, with a mix of centre based workshops and trips out into the Purbecks, and a strong focus on increasing camera skills.  We have run a couple of competitions so far, with exhibitions in the Dorset Mail Centre in Poole.

I'm keen to work with union based learning - so get in touch if you have any ideas!

CWU – 2009:2011
Projects

Inspiring Change – Design for Community Organisations – July 2011


A follow-on project funded by Bournemouth Adult Learning.  We were very lucky to be given access to Heathlands Childrens Centre at West Howe, which made it much easier to use the laptops provided by Bournemouth.

An overly short six week introduction to poster and leaflet design for the voluntary and community sector, we concentrated on the basics of good design skills for communication and event promotion.  Practical sessions covered core Photoshop and Desk Top Publishing (do we still call it that?) skills using Microsoft Publisher.

It would be great to be able to run a longer project or course more closely linked to the needs of just two or three communities.  We seem to be having to re-invent the community print workshops of the 1970s - maybe no bad thing in the current climate. 

Inspiring Change at West Howe have made a really great start- I'm very keen to support that sort of drive where i can.

Inspiring Change – Design for Community Organisations – July 2011

Inspiring Change – July 2011


I was really pleased to be able to run two short photography projects based at the Inspiring Change community centre at West Howe in Bournemouth this year.

Both 6 week projects worked to a brief to support the community. 

The first documented good and bad aspects of the West Howe estate as part of a community led planning exercise.  The best images were printed and displayed on panels as a talking point to stimulate discussion and to identify areas needing attention on large scale maps provided by Bournemouth Borough Council. Issues covered - and photographed - ranged from broken street furniture to the daft siting of some of the drop kerbs around the parks.  Work is being exhibited again in West Howe Library during the summer of 2011.

The second project was quite specialised, using very simple equipment to create studio table top shots of cups, cutlery and cakes to grace the walls of the West Howe Community Cafe after its re-paint and re-launch.  We are still working on these images, but expect square canvases along the lines of what you might expect in Costa...

Inspiring Change – July 2011

Digital Confidence – February 2011


An eight week project funded by Rethink and hosted by Dorset Mental Health Forum in Dorchester.  We worked one day a week using a gentle approach to portrait photography to help build self confidence.  A lot of talking about photography and how it works to influence us started most sessions.

We began with basic camera and lighting skills, and ended up with some great studio portraits, assuming some new identities on the way.

Currently looking for some more funding to carry on with this group!

Digital Confidence – February 2011

Re:View – April 2011


A great short project funded by RELAYS, facilitating full time BA Photography Students from AUCB who worked alongside students from Avonbourne School over 8 weeks, exploring a range of experimental creative techniques and technical skills. 

The final outcome was a re-photography project, with Avonbourne students researching and re-photographing Victorian prints of Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers and beaches.  The work was shown on Bournemouth Pier during the summer of 2011.

Re:View – April 2011

Creative Commons – 2010


In 2010 Helen Sloan of SCAN  asked me to support and facilitate the work of Scottish artist Simon Yuill, as part of his project exploring the concept of 'common land' with the communities of Kinson, Townsend and West Howe in Bournemouth.

I organised and ran a number of sessions enabling residents to walk the routes across their local common land, helping them photograph, film and record their feelings and findings.  Work was displayed online.

http://www.newcommons.net/

Creative Commons – 2010

The View 3 – 2010


Working with teenagers in care as part of the Bournemouth Bicentenary, using simple digital cameras to document aspects of teenage life in Bournemouth for an exhibition in Russell Cotes Museum.

Funded by Bournemouth Social Services Participation Team.

The View 3 – 2010

Sita Environmental Trust


Short workshop using digital photography to document environmental projects. Course run at Holton Lee as infill on broader residential course for SITA Environmental Trust employees.  Funded by SITA Environmental Trust.

Sita Environmental Trust

Russell Cotes Photography Project


Working with young people from Winton Arts and Media College, Bournemouth and Poole CFE, and Nacro, creating images and text for a new young person's guide to the Russell Cotes Museum in Bournemouth. 

As well as creating images of the museum displays they found interesting (which were used to illustrate the guide), participants helped establish a voice-over style for an eventual narrated guide. (Run as a Weaverfish project in partnership with Paul Angel)

Russell Cotes Photography Project

The View 2 – 2009


Photographic project working with young people in care,  exploring ideas around identity and body image. Work exhibited in Bournemouth Library in April 2009.  Funded by Bournemouth Social Services Participation Team and Adult Learning.

The View 2 – 2009

The View 1 – 2008


Photography project with teenagers in care, leading to an exhibition in Bournemouth Library.

Funded by Bournemouth Social Services Participation Team.

The View 1 – 2008

Winton Centre Ceramics Project – 2008


Garden sculpture project with mental health/learning disability service users, creating a 6’ high totem pole in stoneware for Winton Centre garden.  Funded by Bournemouth Borough Council Social Services/Adult Learning.

Winton Centre Ceramics Project – 2008

EBay Project – 2008


Working with small project group of mental health service users in North Dorset to set up an eBay charity shop.  Skills gained by participants included product photography using lights and backdrops, internet and book based research to identify and value items, and procedures to manage sales and track results.

Funded by Dorset Mental Health Forum and run with the support of three local charities working in the areas of mental health and brain injury.

EBay Project – 2008

Surestart – 2008


Photography project leading to an exhibition of prints in Bournemouth Library, charting issues around Kinson, from graffiti to broken playground seats.... Funded by Bournemouth Borough Council, this brought back together several participants from the 2007 Identity Surestart project.

One participant is now part way through a p/t Photography Degree...

Surestart – 2008

North Dorset Raisin – 2007


Working with small project group of mental health service users to build a small team to maintain the North Dorset Raisin website.  A mix of basic web management and HTML skills.  Funded by North Dorset PCT.

North Dorset Raisin – 2007

Surestart Kinson – 2007


Photography project with young mothers taking advanatge of the Surestart creche, creating alternative identities through portrait photography and poetry (writing workshop courtesy of Gill Horitz).  Funded in 2007 by Bournemouth Borough Council.

Surestart Kinson – 2007

Holton Lee – 2007


Three month project at Holton Lee, exhibition at Faith House

North Dorset Community Mental Health Team

2007

Holton Lee – 2007

Bold 2 – 2006


A re-run of the previous BOLD Photography project with adults with learning disability and/or mental health issues, again funded by Bournemouth Social Services/ Bournemouth Adult Learning.

Bold 2 – 2006

CWU Photography Competition – 2003


A short infill on a CWU/TUC residential weekend - using photography as a vehicle for team building while exploring and documenting the local environment.

CWU Photography Competition – 2003

Altered Images – 2005


An extended project in 2005 with mental health service users based at Baileys in Christchurch leading to an exhibition at Wimborne Community Centre, and later at Bournemouth Library. 

The exhibition was the work of eight photographers who took part in this Awards for All funded project, managed by the Richmond Fellowship.  The project ran from February to July 2005, visiting and photographing in new locations in Dorset and the New Forest. Baileys (a drop in centre) established a camera club after the project ended which is still running, and several members of the group engaged with local courses up to A level and beyond.

Altered Images – 2005

BOLD 2005


From September 2005 – Photography and Essential Skills – a 30 week project run with Bournemouth Adult Learning for participants with learning disabilities.  The project combined photography with computer classes and theatre, and led to an exhibition at BCCA in Boscombe.

BOLD 2005

Different Windows – Winton Centre, Bournemouth 2004


The 'Different Windows’  project in and around Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch produced work for World Mental Health Day in October 2004, at an exhibition staged in The Sovereign Centre, Boscombe. This short and sharp project – working with a group of 8 and 2 group workers over 3-4 weeks - was funded by Bournemouth Adult Learning. 

The exhibition was the result of just three weeks of photographic forays along Wimborne Road, Poole Park and Christchurch Quay in late September 2004. From uncertain beginnings we all found the problem was not finding something to take, but choosing from the over 600 images we produced.

We worked as a group, at times sharing cameras, to capture something of the environment, responding to an individual view of - and sometimes through - “Different Windows”. We took what came, finding images from what happened around us – nothing was staged or planned. Waiting for us were…

smiles river mill bridges sun gates glass shop windows swans cars rain patterns flowers trees textures puddles colours boats buoys clock tower beach phone box statues quay birds lily pond shadows colours tiles reflections paintings bandstand post box tractor light dark………...

Different Windows – Winton Centre, Bournemouth 2004

Downend – 2003


The second project at Downend Day Centre was a rerun of the first – but this time self funded by South Gloucestershire Social Services. We also had our experience of the previous year to guide us…

We spent more time away from the centre – with the help of group workers (again, Mike in particular), care workers and drivers, managing to tour Bristol – from a chilly dockside to Clifton and beyond. We also had a rather interesting trip to St Pauls but decided not to document some of the more dubious activities on offer…

Most of the this group carried over from the previous project, which was a great compliment – but we were able to welcome one or two new members.  Again, some of the photographs were reworked in Photoshop. I think there are some really strong images here. 

The project group would have like to carry on, but lack funding to make this a reality at the moment. The exhibition of work from Downend Day Centre has been invited to a number of other venues, including as an exemplar project at an Arts Council event in Exeter in 2004.

Downend – 2003

Downend Photography Project – 2002/3


The very first funded project with Downend Day Centre in South Gloucester, as Photographer in Residence – funded by an Arts Council Participate grant.  And a good learning opportunity. We started out with what some thought were unrealistic expectations – transport was an issue in the first half of the project – and had to develop ideas as we went along. Many of these images come from the first couple of days searching for interesting subject material around the day centre and its grounds. We also worked with images brought in by project members.

I think this produced some thoughtful and sensitive images from a limited source. There is no doubt that the project took off when transport off the site was finally agreed. Funding from Awards for All paid for cameras and a good quality photo printer, which we used for the second project too.

The group was mixed and lively – we discovered that tripods are vital for wheelchair users with upper body mobility or dexterity problems, and that a big preview screen on the back of a digital camera makes it possible for ‘remote control’ – the photographer directing a support worker to zoom and compose, whilst watching the preview image. One member of this group is registered blind…

The exhibition of work from Downend Day Centre has been invited to a number of other venues, including as an exemplar project at an Arts Council event in Exeter in 2004.

 

Downend Photography Project – 2002/3
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