Curiosity Creative worked with Sunderland’s National Glass Centre to create a set of digital stories which form a part of the Centre’s Re:collections exhibition, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
A group of people including artists, former industrial glass workers, students and collectors were brought together, all connected by their interest in glass. Each person made their own digital story giving their unique perspective on glass.
Pyrex, which was manufactured in Sunderland, features in some of the stories including that of Harry, who worked as a draughtsman at the Pyrex factory, and the tale of a simple Pyrex jug which holds memories of family.
The stories made during this project will be shown at the National Glass Centre from 23 January to 19 April 2015.
"Alex facilitated a Heritage Lottery funded project at National Glass Centre in 2014, with the remit to create a collection digital stories made by local people with connections to glass. Participants ranged from 11 to 85 years old, and the technical abilities of the group were very mixed -- some had never used an iPad before and entered the first workshop feeling a bit nervous and unsure of what to expect.
Right from the outset, Alex made everyone feel welcome and included -- she's easygoing, friendly and has a real knack for bringing people out of their shells. She patiently guided participants through the filmmaking process in a way that encouraged group cooperation and collaboration. By the end of the project, everyone felt proud of the films they had made and feedback from many of the participants reflected a marked increase in confidence using digital technology and positive feelings of closeness and cohesion with the group, after working through the digital storytelling process together."
A selection of feedback from the storytellers:
"A wealth of experience from older members and the enthusiasm of young rubbing off on me. A sense of comradeship developing."
"Have enjoyed the formulation of the video clip and enjoyed the camaraderie and being taken out of oneself."
"Sharing stories has meant we've shared experiences, opinions and knowledge. We've found connections, common groups and respect for one another."Jenny Payne, Learning and Engagement Officer, National Glass Centre