2014 kicks off with a bang!

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2014 has started with some fantastic new projects underway for the TWC team. We thought we would give you a quick update on what we are up to, and share some of the exciting new projects coming up:
In late 2013 we started our first project in Cricklewood. ‘The Vision on Cricklewood’ project is a film-making project working with students at Hampstead School to promote Cricklewood. The project has now been running for four months and is due to end in April with a community film screening. The film will also be published on the Cricklewood Community website. We have seen some early edits and we think it’s going to be great! Watch this space for further updates on the date and location of this screening!
Over to another part of London, where we recently teamed up with the Honeywell Community Centre to run the new ‘Honeywell Creates’project in West Drayton. Taking place over the February half term, this project was designed to teach young people new skills in audio production and the art of film making.

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With so many young people at a loose end over the half-term break, this project provided a unique opportunity for participants to learn new creative skills while also making a positive contribution to the local area. Thanks to our partners at the A2 Dominion Housing Association, who helped to make this project happen!
In another first for TWC, we will shortly be commencing the ‘A- Bee-See’ project, which is a brand new concept that aims to bring together creative learning and bee environmental awareness. The project was created in response to the growing concerns of the livelihood of bees and the local environment. Students from 9 primary schools across West London will be participating in a number of creative digital learning workshops. These workshops will run alongside field-based activities which will include an educational visit to Hounslow Farm’s bee hives, the installation of three bee hives in West London and the creation of an environmental resource pack.

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Hot off the press! We are also delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding to run a a second year of the Lights Camera Kingsley project, which will be a literacy and digital animation project for students based in Hounslow.
Clearly TWC
has started 2014 with a bang!
If you would like to hear more about our projects or would like to get involved, then please contact one of the team!

Honeywell Celebrates!

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We are really excited about a new project we have developed for the Honeywell Community Centre in West Drayton, in collaboration with our partners at A2 Dominion Housing Association.

Over February half-term, we will be giving the chance for up to 20 local young people to create a film celebrating the creativity found in their patch of the London Borough of Hillingdon. Working in small groups, the young people (aged 8-14) will get the chance to learn lots of new creative skills to do with film creation and production.

Through the week, our team of experts will be on-site to teach the students the core fundamentals involved in creating great films. Team lead, Sarah, will be demonstrating the latest techniques and tricks with camera angles, and exploring the art of great storyboarding, presenting and editing.

While professional DJ Tom will be taking time out from the recording studio to coach the students in audio sampling, layering, audio recording and mixing so that they will be able to create their very own sound tracks.

Rowan, our tech support and budding film maker, will be heading up the creative part of the programme, and will work with the students to deliver art projects that showcase their creative inspiration.

It promises to be a great week!

By the end of the week we will have an amazing film; produced, directed, acted and filmed by the students. We promise to share it here first!

Creative Minds Wanted – Call for Freelancers

Job Advert- Lead Creative Tutors

Together We Create (TWC) is an innovative creative charity that has been delivering cutting edge projects to young people and their communities for the last five years.

TWC runs projects across London, working in a variety of different settings from primary schools through to community centres. Recent projects include digital art installations made by young people for their community in West London, promotional videos made by secondary school students in North London for local businesses and claymation animations created by primary school pupils mentored by sixth formers from a nearby school.

All our workshops are provided free to young people and their families, funded in a large part thought grant applications to other larger charities. Following a successful round of funding, we are looking for positive, friendly and experienced tutors to join our freelancer team.

Our ideal candidate/s will have:

  • Experience of delivering workshops and projects to a variety of young people  of differernt ages, often from different (possibly challenging) back grounds
  • Good working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop/ Premier, Final Cut Pro and Garageband
  • Experience of working in schools
  • Experience of working in community settings
  • Excellent team working skills,time management and organisational skills
  • An enhanced CRB
  • A positive and friendly outlook

We expect our Lead Creative Tutors to be able to plan and prepare for every session they deliver. We also expect the Lead Creative Tutors to help with monitoring and evaluation. We aim to provide all our freelancers with support to help them develop their ideas. We will also provide CPD opportunities where possible.

We pay Lead Creative Tutors are paid between £175- £200 per day (depending on experience). We will allocated a set number of days to each project and expect our freelancers to show flexibility in how the workshops are delivered; some of the workshops may take place at weekends and evenings .The workshops will be delivered in various outreach locations in the boroughs of Hounslow, Ealing, Richmond Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Camden

For more details about what we have been up to recently check out the TWC website: www.togetherwecreate.org.uk

To join our freelancer team please email your CV and covering letter to [sarah[at]togetherwecreate.org.uk]

 

TWC Trustees down at the Farm

 

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In October the TWC team put on their wellies and pitched their tents for Cricklewood’s very own Clitterhouse Farm Hug Day!

We well and truly rolled up our sleeves to take digital animation down to the farm. We hooked up our laptops, put up a big screen and got the young people of Cricklewood animating!

We were asked to volunteer our time for the  Hug Day by Alastair  and Thomas from the Clitterhouse Farm Project. We were delighted to be asked to support our local community and so jumped at the chance. As a charity, we are really passionate about supporting our local communities, so if you would like our help or support then please do let us know!

In the meantime enjoy the TWC Trustees animation. Needless to say the kid’s versions were much better!

TWC Trustees down the Farm

New Film Project Launched in NW2

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The team at TWC are on the creativity trail again! This time we have taken our adventures to North London, to Cricklewood.

Working in conjunction with Hampstead School, we are delighted to launch a brand new school film project. Our fab filmmakers Barry and Rowan will be mentoring a group of Year 9s to produce a film about Cricklewood for local people and local businesses.

The first group session took place on Tuesday 08 October, with another 12 sessions scheduled up until March 2014. At the end of the programme, the final film will be shown at a film premiere!  Barry (the lead freelancer for the project) said ‘We met the group earlier on this week. They were full of ideas and enthusiasm. I think this film is going to be great!’

We will post the details of the film premiere event in early 2014, so keep an eye out for it on this website! All local residents will be invited. We would like to thank Glen at Hampstead School for his fantastic organisation skills and Ken and his team at Barnet Council who have helped make this fantastic project happen.

Good luck to our budding filmmakers, we can’t wait to see the final film!

Windows On… Brentford is Back!

Windows on Brentford Part 2 Photo 2We were really excited to launch the installation of the second part of the Windows On… Brentford project last week.

Now Brentford has two amazing rows of digital artwork installed on the building opposite Morrisons. If you haven’t been to Brentford to see the artwork, you really should because it’s fab!

Here are a couple of snaps, along with a quick low down on the project. Fingers and toes crossed for part three…

Making Brentford even more brilliant!

In the summer  of 2009 the Windows On… Brentford project was launched. Now over 4 years later the project is back!
The Windows On… Brentford project was an idea developed by Sarah Hoyle, the founder of TWC. Back in 2009, Sarah was working and living in Brentford and on her daily walk to work she started thinking about how she could creatively contribute towards the community she lived in.
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She says “I used to walk past this old unloved building on the High Street opposite Morrison’s every day. One day I wondered what whether we could get kids to create artwork which we could then put in the windows of the building. That’s how the Windows On… project was born.” Now nearly 4 years later the project is back.
The first phase of the project saw the creation of eleven pieces of artwork, created by children from a variety of schools in the Brentford area. The artwork was printed and positioned in the bottom row of windows in the building opposite Morrison’s on the High Street.
The second phase sees the artwork placed in the second floor windows of the three story building. The themes of the second phase are Olympics and Play, celebrating the fantastic year of sports and activity in 2012.
Owners of the building Ballymore, have been really supportive of the project. Graham Haydon-White remarked : “We are really keen to support the Windows On… Brentford project. It is great to see young people creating artwork for their local community.”
Sarah adds; “I cannot thank local people such as Debbie Squires and Janet Mc Namara along with printing company Octink, Ballymore, Griffin Park Learning Zone and our young artists for helping us create the Windows On… Brentford artwork. Everyone was really supportive and the project is now well loved by people who live and visit Brentford.”

What an Amazing Summer!

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This summer the team at Together We Create have helped 21 groups of eager children make films, create animations, explore how to program, record their own music tracks and we even threw into the mix a couple of trips out and about!

Working with Griffin Park Learning Zone, TWC was commissioned to undertake two big projects this summer. One project was with A2 Dominion a major housing association with homes across the South East. A2 Dominion asked us to create a comprehensive four week programme of creative digital workshops and sporty workshops for the children that live on the GWQ Estate in Brentford.

Whilst that was running in the mornings, in the afternoons the TWC Team worked with a different group of young people to explore youth provision in Hounslow. Working alongside the current Hounslow Youth Council, the TWC Team recruited a crack bunch of investigative reporters to find out what young people really thought. Here is a short interview with three of our reporters explaining what they did.

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And as pictures always speak louder than words, here are some photos of the reporters in action.

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News Flash: FREE Summer Holiday Workshops

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Three by Three – Film workshops that make a Difference- with the Youth Council

Free Summer Holiday Workshops

A unique opportunity for young people to develop, shoot and edit a short film about what its like to be a young person in Hounslow, created in conjunction with film makers from Together We Create.

This FREE three day creative workshop will give you the opportunity to become a young filmmaker with a voice. Your films will contribute towards the Hounslow Young Voices, a project that aims to consult young people on what they need and want within the Borough.

The workshops will run between 2pm and 5pm at Griffin Park Learning Zone in Brentford on the following dates:

6th, 7th and 8th  August

13th, 14th and 15th August and

20th, 21st and 22nd August

Unfortunately due to high demand you will only be able to sign up for one week of workshops. No previous experience necessary. Contact the Together We Create Team at [sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk] for more details

More about…. Hounslow Youth Council

Hounslow Youth Council seeks to empower the borough’s young people with a strong voice in local decision-making. Whether it’s service provision, housing, environment, sports, development or anything else, young people need effective, meaningful and non-tokenistic methods to have their say.

 

TWC and the RTC: Lights, Camera, Kingsley!

 

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Together We Create is really chuffed to announce a new innovative project for London. Linking up with Brentford’s Apple Regional Training Centre, and Kingsley Academy, Together We Create and our friends at Griffin Park Learning Zone will be producing and delivering an animation festival for children at schools in central Hounslow.

The project will begin in a number of weeks, finalising with a celebrity screening at Kingsley Academy in October 2013. The Team at TWC are all very excited. More details to follow!

Hounslow50 in Feltham!

Today the Team where at Feltham Library for an great day of Hounslow50-ing . Massive thanks to our talented local artists including: Vanessa, Jasmin, Dylan, Jamie, Abdil, Emily, Joshua, Daniel, Danielle, Andy, Karuna and Saif.

Here are some of their  great designs. Come and join us at Feltham Library on Saturday 22nd June for another fab Hounslow50 day of fun!

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