This Saturday sees the return of the Festival of Museums (#FoM2015) across Scotland. Last year was brilliant - recreating Victoriana in the McManus, Dundee's Museum and Art Gallery. It's everything that is great about being in a museum late at night with actors bringing historic characters back to life and activities and workshops designed for our guests … Continue reading Festival of Museums 2015
Design processes are often seen as being immeasurable. Maybe because 'designers' believe the impact is obvious - "Look how happy they all are?!" (etc!) When it comes to using the design process in the context of 'business' then the bottom may well speak for itself. However, if design is going to be taken seriously in areas where … Continue reading GENERATION evaluation
Fun times were had at The McManus, Dundee's Museum and Art Gallery last Saturday evening (17 May) as we presented Victoriana Dundee as part of the Festival of Museums. The Museum, opened late for a special evening and, with the help of Artemis Scotland, brought Victorian Dundee to life once more as the various galleries … Continue reading Instagram Victoriana
Do you remember when taking a selfie meant using the tiny convex silver blob on the back of your phone as a guide? Well, the 'selfie' is so common place now that at the end of 2013 'Selfie' was named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries and even the Pope was in on the … Continue reading Death of the Selfie?
Tonight (Thursday 6 February) was a reflection evening at the McManus. We were reflecting on the Sense of Place project with our young artists who range from 15 to 18 years old. We hadn’t seen most of them since the show opened so apart from anything else it was just great having them all together … Continue reading Exhibition. Reflection. Snacks.
The McManus (Dundee’s Museum and Art Gallery) was host to a ‘continuing professional development’ (CPD) session last night. Organised by Angus Arts Co-ordinator Pauline Meikleham, artists and teachers from Angus Council came along to hear about the McManus creative learning programme, the Youth Action Group and the ‘Sense of Place’ project/exhibition (closes Friday, so hurry!). … Continue reading My kind of CPD!
Over the last few years I've been running workshops using iPads; video editing, audio (AudioBoo), animation, image manipulation and more. I can tailor them to young people from 7yrs and up; however I've found that there are also a number of adults who would like to know how to use their new devices more creatively. … Continue reading Capture. Edit. Share: Film Making on iPad
I started using QR Codes in 2010 - firstly to see if I could add any value to advertising. I then became more interested in education and developing the 'game' element (of what were essentially digital treasure hunts) to engage children in learning activities. Conveniently, in the middle of this diversion from advertising in education … Continue reading Sense of Place – part three
Last night was the 'private view' opening of the Sense of Place exhibition (see previous post) - what a great evening! I'll have so much more to say about Sense Of Place (Nation Museum of Scotland lead project) (#YAGsop) but this is just my unloading piece… more will follow in days to come. The young … Continue reading Sense of Place – part two
Having worked on the Living Communities project in Perth I was keen to carve out a deeper 'educational-digital-projects-that-are-not-dull' kind of niche for myself. Working in Perth Museum and Art Gallery was a great experience. I love museums. And engaging kids with content and spaces, that are both often perceived as 'dull', is a thrill. So, 18 … Continue reading Sense of Place – part one