UWE talent plays key role in Bristol Digital Week

Issue date: 24 January 2013

26 January to 1 February 2013

UWE Bristol has been working with partners from the BBC and innovative organisations across the city to put on Digital Bristol Week, one of the largest free programmes of events, packed with training and workshops for people working in the creative sector.

UWE Bristol has also been involved in the production of workshops and panel sessions.

Adrienne Noonan from UWE Bristol said, “We are delighted to be involved in the production of this exciting week of activities. The response has been overwhelmingly positive – for all of the sessions."

Each day has a different theme. On 'Beyond Broadcast' Wednesday UWE Bristol experts will lead workshops on interactive documentary or 'i-Docs' and the overlap between broadcast, the internet, and user generated content. This is a direct outgrowth of the innovative i-Docs Symposia run through UWE's Digital Cultures Research Centre conducted by Dr Judith Aston, Mandy Rose and Sandra Gaudenzi.

Mandy Rose says, “The i-Docs Lab will give documentary producers an overview of the new possibilities offered to their practice by digital interactive media. If you're curious about how to use mobile phones, i-Pads, collaborative practices and websites in your next documentary pitch, this Lab is for you.”

Thursday morning focuses on Skills Development and Talent Development, with sessions led by the BBC Talent team followed by a Teaching Creatively in the Digital Age panel discussion about new talent development and new ways of working together in partnerships that benefit the creative sector.

The second panel includes Rachel Robinson, Head of Design and Animation at UWE Bristol, Reema Lorford, MA Wildlife Filmmaking and former BBC Series Producer, UWE Creative Industries, Katie Mack, Teaching Fellow, University of Bristol, MA in Film and Television Production, and community and industry partners, including Knowle West Media Centre, Calling the Shots and Arthur Cox.

Adrienne Noonan explains, "Our panel will be talking about the different ways Higher Education works with industry and community to contribute to the creative fabric of the city".

A showcase reel of student work from UWE Creative Industries programmes including Animation, Graphic Design, Filmmaking and the MA in Wildlife Filmmaking, which is run in collaboration with the BBC, will be shown in the lobby of BBC Bristol all week long.

Throughout the week, 25 student volunteers will be assisting with delegates and recording sessions, with the help of BBC production mentors, giving them valuable insight into the industry and where it is moving.

Digital Bristol Week is being produced by the BBC in partnership with the UWE Bristol, Creative Skillset, Bristol Media, Bristol City Council, Bristol University, Creative England and the Pervasive Media Studio.

Please visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/academy/news/view/digital_bristol for the full timetable.

The 'official' hash tag for the event #dbw2013


Editor's notes

The BBC Bristol Partnership (aka The Anchor Partnership) was launched in 2009 by former Director-General Mark Thompson http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/bristol/hi/people_and_places/newsid_8648000/8648861.stm

Tickets for some events are available now, and social events do not require booking.

There will be coverage throughout the week at www.bbc.co.uk/academy and @TheBBCAcademy

For ticket enquires please email max.greenlagh@bbc.co.uk

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