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About Us

digital:works is an arts and educational charity that works with communities, providing training and creative assistance to produce arts and media projects. We are committed to a participatory approach ensuring that those we work with have a major say in the direction of any given project. Creative arts are an exciting way for people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with and learn about a subject or issue - especially if they are the ones shaping and leading the creative process.

Thanks to our breadth of experience and expertise, we can provide training and creative support in a wide range of media, from web development, video and stop-frame animation, to textile and oral history projects.

Many of our projects are run by us from beginning to end, conceived, fund raised and implemented by our staff. On other projects we might deliver a discrete aspect of something much larger. In either case, we have experience both of delivering large scale projects and also of working in close partnerships. Partners we work with come from a variety of areas including schools, local authorities, arts organisations, faith groups, youth groups, Tenants and Residents Associations, museums and archives.

Our collective skills mean we are also able to undertake projects directly for other organisations. We make films, undertake photography, graphic design, web design, illustration, animation and writing projects for clients.

Accessible Projects for All
Our commitment to participation means we place great emphasis on inclusivity. Our projects actively involve people from all corners of the community - be they young or old, visually or hearing impaired, or someone for whom English is not the first language.

The skills required in taking part in our projects do not depend on advanced media literacy or prior experience with digital equipment.

Community Ownership
Our goal with all projects is to encourage and maintain participants' sense of ownership of both the process and the final product. This, we believe, is the guiding principle of true participation work.

What We Do

We work in a range of different creative processes depending on the aims of each project.

Digital Video

digital videoDigital video projects are an fun and effective way of engaging with a subject matter, from young people having their say about an issue that affects them to older people reminiscing about their youth. Dramas, documentaries, music videos, magazine-style programmes and inter-generational projects all lend themselves to community-based film projects. We also undertake commissions to produce films and provide a variety of training courses in digital video for all ages. In addition to technical skills, our projects examine how to construct a film, whether it's fiction or documentary, from start to finish using story boards, interviews, lighting, tripods and sound. We can also cover editing skills so that participants can undertake the whole project, from planning, to filming to finally editing a film. These projects may take place over a number of weeks or months, or could just be a "Digital Video in a Day" workshop where participants film, edit and complete a two minute film in just one day.

Oral History/Interviewing

InterviewingAn ability to gather information from someone on a subject is an important skill in life, and particularly so if you are making a documentary, a news podcast, or writing an article for a newsletter. It is an integral part of Oral History work which helps to gather life stories or personal testimony of real life events or memories of a particular time or place. Our workshops cover the basics in interview skills - what is an open question, the importance of listening and responding, use of eye contact and body language and generally building the skills and confidence needed to carry out an interview.

Featured Project

Lappings, Lemel & Sweeps

Documentary film project exploring the history of Hatton Garden, the historic jewellery quarter of London.

Setting stones

A group of jewellery students from across London have made a film with digital:works focusing on the fascinating, hidden history of Hatton Garden in Central London. This area has been the centre of London's jewellery trade since the 18th century.

The participants have learnt about this history through a short series of talks and walks through the area before going on to meet the many crafts men and women working in the maze of workshops and shops in Hatton Garden. Many of these people and businesses date back several generations and their stories are the stories of the jewellery business in London, its trade, skilled workers, immigration, and how those cultures and skills have mixed to create a unique area. Behind the often plush shop fronts are a warren of ancient workshops and passageways to be explored in which skilled workers use techniques handed down through families and apprenticeships.

Watch the film here.

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