In order to encourage take-up in participating in Sensing Place, we co-hosted a free interactive event with Film Hub Scotland (FHS) on Saturday 16 July. It was open to FHS member exhibitors across Southern Scotland and anyone who was interested in learning more about Sensing Place. It was promoted across the community partners’ networks.
As well as finding out about the project and how to get involved, it was also an afternoon of talks and practical workshops learn how to use archive film screenings and storytelling to engage local audiences. Professional storyteller and writer (and later on Sensing Place artist) and I explained about using a combination of archive screenings and storytelling to enable participation and engage a wider audience. As with FHS’ regular events across Scotland, there was also a chance to hear about the opportunities currently available to members and meet other people with a passion for cinema and stories for potential future collaborations.
The schedule for the event was as follows:
14:00-14:30 Introduction to Sensing Place & Film Hub Scotland
14:30-14:50 How to use archive film
14:50-15:10 Working with stories and storytelling (Jean Edmiston)
15:30-15:40 Break for tea & coffee
15:40-16:30 Workshop exploring ideas for Sensing Place
16:30-17:00 Networking with drinks & nibbles
In the workshop exploring ideas, we split into groups and asked each to respond to three questions:
- What stories would you want to tell/hear about as part of Sensing Place?
- How would you want to tell them?
- What is not happening? What is important to you?
Taking into consideration the draft focus areas for project research:
- Working across disciplines and artforms: skills development in areas like the collection, access and use of screen archive material; artists working between screen based and analogue processes; and links between cultural participation and placemaking
- Working with screen archive material as a platform for participation: creative work to encourage the development of local screen archives; an exploration of the links between cinematic and oral storytelling; stimulating cross-generational working; and diversified audience development in local events.
- Exploring new sustainable project models in rural contexts: partnerships between national and local cultural organisations; better access to and use of local facilities and resources; skills development and toolkits for artists and community professionals; and what community participation can mean in the context of moving image.
Fuelled by tea and homemade traybakes supplied by our wonderful venue of The Usual Place in Dumfries, the thoughts and ideas recorded brought out some interesting conversations around our own very personal connections to place.