Traveller families pioneer multimedia storytelling

20th March 2010

A pilot scheme based in Tyneside has resulted in "exceptional" media, producing works in video, photo stories and digital photography. Now funding has been secured from Awards for All to offer a wide range of media opportunities to involve families in media production.

An exhibition at Brandling School was attended by more than 60 members of the Traveller community based in Gateshead. Amongst the photographs on display was this image of a trap, taken by Jeffrey Nesham at Appleby Horse Fair

"These photos, comic stories created on laptops and the videos were quite exceptional," said Julie Nicholson of Digital Voice. "We're looking forward to seeing what the next 12 months of work will produce!".

Certificates were presented to all the young people taking part by Ms Ailsa Taylor, Headmistress of Brandling School.

The families saw two videos screened: Saturday Job, a ten minute documentary about the involvement of three generations in a weekend auction, and Bernadette's First Communion.

Saturday Job was also shown at an event the next evening at the RTS Young People's Media Festival - one of several entries which were praised by the judges.

This Traveller pilot project. was a partnership with EMTAS Gateshead Council and funded by two Trusts: Roy and Pixie Baker Charitable Trust and The WA Handley Charity Trust.

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