Inside Out is not just about watching fantastic performances but also about inspiring people to get involved in the arts.
Education, outreach and participatory projects in 2008
In the run-up to this year’s performance by Xarxa Teatre at Weymouth, local people embarked on voyages of discovery inspired by the related themes of Wind and Sails, stories from the sea and extraordinary journeys. A series of workshops and events in Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth were inspired by and ignited interest in the Xarxa performance and launch of the Cultural Olympiad in Dorset.
- Poole Arts Development Unit partnered up with Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, to offer two weeks of workshops in film, animation and performance for camera at Lighthouse.
- Open access workshops in July, led by local film maker James Price and visual artist Stella Sargeson, offered adults and young people opportunities to make work for animations.
- Wave arts education agency and Aim Higher’s summer school at Lighthouse enabled 40 young people to work with James Price, animator Matthew J Dean and dance and theatre specialist Amanda Byrom to create an animated short film, featuring an extraordinary boat on its very unusual journey to the sea.
- The films resulting from the Poole workshops were shown at an event on Poole Quay in September and at Weymouth’s B-Side arts festival.
- In September, in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council Arts Development Team and Wave arts education agency, classes from four local schools (Bethany CE Primary, Elmrise Primary, Kinson Primary and Pokesdown Community Primary) worked to create stories and performances with puppeteer and visual artist Polly Beestone and local theatre practitioner Lee Hart.
- Support from Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole meant that coaches were able bring participants in these projects, and their families, to see Xarxa Teatre at Bowleaze Cove. Elements of the work they made was shown on the journey there.
- Satellite Arts worked with a group of looked after children from all over Dorset to create masks and performance. Satellite also worked with a group of children from Royal Manor School, Portland, and with a class from Wyke Regis Junior School to explore this year’s Inside Out themes and produce short performances to be shared within the schools.
- The animated films and sound recordings resulting from all of these projects will be available via the Inside Out website soon.
- Students from Weymouth College also documented this year’s Inside Out events through photography and film.
If you are interested in the arts or just enthusiastic about helping out in an exciting environment there are opportunities for volunteers to make a difference both with Inside Out and with arts organisations across the county.
Either email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the Volunteer Centre in Dorchester on 01305 269214, which holds details of general volunteering opportunities available in Dorset.