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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Barrow creative media project sees hundreds develop new skills

TEN projects featuring films and digital artwork will be exhibited at a special event in Barrow this month.

The Creative Futures Barrow Exhibition celebrates the completion of a three-year creative media project run by Signal Film and Media in partnership with local community groups and funded by the Big Lottery under their Reaching Communities programme which funds projects that help people and communities most in need.

Hundreds of people participated in the project, developing new skills and confidence through producing a range of work including digital photography, short films, animations and interactive blogs.

Throughout the project community groups and individuals worked with professional filmmakers from Signal and visiting trainers from all over the UK.

Programme manager, May Davies, said: “Members of the public, family and friends are all welcome to come along to see the fantastic work that has been produced, altogether in the same room for the first time.

“The project has been a pleasure to work on; one of the best results from the whole experience has been meeting so many interesting and talented people who live in Barrow.

“Many of those who have taken part in have gone on to be involved in other things that have been going on at Signal and proved to be invaluable volunteers.”

Over the course of Creative Futures Barrow, Signal Films has worked with a wide range of community groups, including Furness Multicultural Forum, Croftlands Trust, Mind in Furness, Creative Support, Risedale Residential, South Lakeland Mind, Achieve North West, the National Autistic Society, Cumbria Youth Offending Service, Cumbria Multicultural Women’s Network, Ford Park, Barrow and Furness Pensioners’ Association, Manna House, Making Space, New Roots and Age UK.

Janet Morgan, manager at Croftlands Trust, said: “Our members have gained confidence they would have previously thought out of their reach, and formed friendships and bonds with each other through expressing themselves creatively.

“We have seen real change and progress, in some cases massive, among those who have taken part.”

The launch event on October 15 will be attended by deputy mayor, Councillor Marie Derbyshire.

It begins at 2pm and will start with an opening introduction to the work followed by the chance to mingle with participants from the projects, enjoy a drink and nibbles and view the work.

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