The Battle of Camperdown House

There’s a report in today’s Dundee Courier that the A-listed, neo-classical Camperdown House, centrepiece to Camperdown Park, Dundee is not going to be accessible to the public anytime soon. I understand the problems that this must bring to Dundee City Council (DCC). So often cultural projects are criticised for being a waste of money in the faceContinue reading “The Battle of Camperdown House”

Instagram Victoriana

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 galleriesContinue reading “Instagram Victoriana”

Death of the Selfie?

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 theContinue reading “Death of the Selfie?”

Exhibition. Reflection. Snacks.

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 togetherContinue reading “Exhibition. Reflection. Snacks.”

My kind of CPD!

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!”

Capture. Edit. Share: Film Making on iPad

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”

Sense of Place – part three

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 educationContinue reading “Sense of Place – part three”

Sense of Place – part two

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 youngContinue reading “Sense of Place – part two”

Sense of Place – part one

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, 18Continue reading “Sense of Place – part one”