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We are looking for artists, writers and musicians for Burgh Castle Almanac, our archaeology, creativity and mental health project in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

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Water, Mills and Marshes: the Broads Landscape Partnership Scheme:

Burgh Castle Fort Almanac Project

Brief for

CREATIVE FACILITATORS [Year 1: May 2018 – April 2019]:

  • Photography/ Video/Mixed media
  • On-location sound recording and editing
  • Working with words

THE PARTNERS

The Norfolk Archaeological Trust was set up in 1923 as a conservation charity devoted to the care of some of the most important archaeological sites in Norfolk.  It acquires selected sites which would benefit from sympathetic ownership and opens and interprets them for people to enjoy. www.norfarchtrust.org.uk

The Restoration Trust’s purpose is the promotion of social inclusion for public benefit among marginalised people, in particular those who suffer or are at risk of mental ill-health, by therapeutic engagement with the arts, culture and heritage. restorationtrust.org.uk

THE PROJECT

The Burgh Castle Fort Almanac project is part of the Broads Authority’s Water, Mills & Marshes Landscape Partnership funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/looking-after/projects/water,-mills-and-marshes

Norfolk Archaeological Trust the Restoration Trust and Stonham Homegroup and other mental health providers will work together to run a programme of activities focused on Burgh Castle Roman Fort for people on low income and with a range of complex needs who are supported by local mental health providers in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

The project aims to provide opportunities to participants for activities that promote the ’Five Ways to Wellbeing’: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. The project will provide education, skills, health and wellbeing benefits for people in recovery and being supported to live independently by providing a framework of regular training and creative activities at Burgh Castle Roman Fort.

THE BRIEF

In order to deliver the framework of creative activities we are looking for creative facilitators who will:

  • Provide participants with a framework of supported activity based on regular visits to Burgh Castle. Participants will be supported to explore different types of creative techniques to record the upstanding remains of the Roman Fort and the wider site over two years, using a framework of sensory experience, i.e. sight, sound, touch, taste, smell. Participants will follow a regular route around the site once a month, for a whole year [to be repeated with a second group in the following year]. Recording techniques will focus on photography but will also offer opportunities for writing, sound and video.
  • Provide creative space and support: Creative facilitators will work with the participant group once a month in the Education Room at the Time and Tide Museum to develop creative work reflecting on their experiences at Burgh Castle – for example editing photos/sound/video, writing a project blog/social media. This creative process will culminate in the Burgh Castle Almanac, which will take the form of an exhibition at the end of each year, and, at the end of two years, a final exhibition, book and website launch.

We are seeking experienced community artists who can facilitate creative work with the client group in the areas of

  • Photography/ Video/Mixed media
  • On-location sound recording and editing
  • Working with words

The photography/video/mixed media facilitator will support participants in creating and experimenting with images of the site. There will be a focus on photography, but with the facility for participants to experiment with mixed media if this is the area they want to explore.

The on-location sound recording and editing facilitator will support participants in recording sounds at the site followed by editing support to develop soundscapes. This will start with bird song, but with scope for recording and experimenting with other sounds during the sessions, including bird song.

The Working with words facilitator will support participants in responding to the site using words (e.g. experimenting with poems, short-form fiction, blogs)

Project framework

Sessions will be on the first and third Tuesday of each calendar month over one year, starting in May 2018. The first Tuesday of each month will be on site at the Fort, the third Tuesday will be at Time & Tide. Each session will run from 10.00am – 1.00pm, and will include a picnic lunch (either on site at the Fort, or the Village Hall depending on weather; or at Time & Tide Museum). Facilitators will work directly with the Almanac project manager, Laura Drysdale, of The Restoration Trust.

We will commission the following number of sessions from each facilitator role in the first year:

  • Photography/mixed media: 9 [2 at Fort, 7 at T&T]
  • Sound: 2 [1 at Fort; 1 at T&T]
  • Words/writing: 2 [1 at Fort; 1 at T&T]
  • Further sessions may become available as the project progresses depending on the interests of the participant group.

See Appendix 1 for draft programme.

We would welcome responses to the brief from consortia/collectives who can deliver more than one aspect of the project or from artists wishing to work on a single aspect of the project.

Exhibition space for the end of year’s installations will be at T&T. There is a budget to support installation of the exhibition and to support production of the final Almanac book.

Equipment/materials

The project will supply the following equipment to support creative activities

  • 6 laptops
  • 6 digital cameras
  • 3 Tascam DR-05 Linear PCM Recorders
  • 3 Olympus Digital Voice recorders VN-711PC

 

THE FEE

The fee for this work is £150 per session + travel expenses

APPLICATION

Please supply a response to this brief outlining

  • Role: the area(s) of activity you wish to work in
  • Proposed solution: your approach and the methods you will use to deliver creative activities and engage participants (up to 500 words)
  • Costs: Any additional costs attached to your proposal for extra materials or equipment.
  • Experience: details of up to five other projects relevant to the current one in terms of scope, size and context; and curriculum vitae(s) of relevant staff to be employed in performing this contract.
  • Referees: details of two referees

Assessment process

All tenders will be assessed by the project management team comprising:

  • Caroline Davison, NAT Director
  • Laura Drysdale, The Restoration Trust
  • Burgh Castle Almanac participant member

 

Deadline for applications: Friday 9th February 2018

Interviews: Monday 19th February 2018 at Burgh Castle venue to be confirmed

The final assessment and award of contract will be made Friday February 23rd 2018

For further information and to submit your response to this brief please contact:

Laura Drysdale, The Restoration Trust laura@restorationtrust.org.uk

Appendix 1: Burgh Castle Almanac: Workshops draft timetable. All sessions will be on Tuesdays, 10 – 1:00

Date Place Session Activity Lead Comments
24.4.18 BC Orientation for support staff and clients Meeting at BC Village Hall to familiarise all with venue. Walk to Fort

i) Intro to BC Fort: guided tour.
ii)Establishment of structured walk for photo fixed points

iii) Photographic survey technique for leaning wall (1)

CD This will establish the set points where photos will be taken of the site at each monthly visit to create a Burgh through the seasons series; Photographic survey technique will focus on the leaning section of wall at the s-w corner, to monitor whether it changes (it shouldn’t do!) and the series will form a centrepiece of the final exhibition.
1.5.18 BC 1 i)Fixed point photos

ii)Leaning wall photos

iii) Activity: Bird song ID

iv) Sound recording

NWT +

Creative consultant: (sound recording)

Start at Village Hall with ID film

This would be a led walk and could include bird visual id, because if you hear the bird you’re more likely to see it.

Sound recording on location as we walk led by specific sound consultant

15.5.18 T&T 2 i)Intro to museum, looking at exhibition space etc IT facilities

ii) intro to IT facilities and set up of folders for storing/downloading Almanac images

Creating sound archive, ID of bird song recorded, creative editing

Colin Stott Creative consultant: (sound recording) Spend time exploring the museum with a session at the end for downloading the images taken on the site visit, setting up folders.

People interested in ID-ing could do web searches etc.

People interested in more creative approach could edit to make soundscapes

29.5.18 BC 3 i)Fixed point photos

ii)Leaning wall photos

iii) Activity: Wild flower ID

NWT

Creative consultant: Photography  

This is the best time of year for wild flowers before they’re cut. Could do it as part of NWT project at County Wildlife Sites.
12.6.18 T&T 4 Storing fixed point photos

Working on flower ID or editing photography

Creative consultant Photography
26.6.17 BC 5 i)Fixed point photos

ii)Leaning wall photos

iii) Activity: Talk on management and some practical ragwort pulling

CD/GY Green Gym Green Gym are volunteer group who have helped us at the site for last three years. They will provide equipment (gloves spades etc)

People who don’t want to do practical work could do photography/wild flower survey etc)

10.7.18 T&T 6 Storing fixed point photos

Creative responses to material collected so far

Creative consultants: Sound & Photography/mixed media Working on sound material recorded in May; plus other material collected in previous months
24.7.18 BC 7 i)Fixed point photos

ii)Leaning wall photos

iii) Activity: Butterflies

NWT Big Butterfly count is in last two weeks of July and first week of August http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/about
7.8.18 T&T 8 Storing fixed point photos

Butterfly ID, photoshop, painting/drawing

Creative consultant Photography/mixed media
21.8.18 BC 9 i)Fixed point photos

ii)Leaning wall photos

iii) Activity: Writing

Creative consultant: writing/words A session offering different approaches to putting stuff into words: poems, streams of consciousness, diary, spoken word, using the site as focus
4.9.18 T&T 10 Storing fixed point photos

Working on words

Creative consultant: writing/words Creating poems, written responses, recorded responses
18.9.18 BC 11 i)Fixed point photos

ii)Leaning wall photos

iii) Activity: geography/Geology

Tim Holt-Wilson A talk and walk on the origins and reshaping of the landscape at Burgh over time, and examination of flint as a material.

General response by this stage could be through recording, photography, drawing, writing etc. This could be an opportunity to involve existing volunteers who would also enjoy finding out about this.

2.10.18 T&T 12 Storing fixed point photos

Creative responses to material collected so far

Creative consultant: supporting work on materials produced at site visit
16.10.18 BC 13 i)Fixed point photos

ii)Leaning wall photos

iii) Activity: Molehill survey

CD
30.10.18 T&T 14 Storing fixed point photos

Photographing finds/ID

Handling finds session

CD
13.11.18 BC 15 i)Fixed point photos

ii)Leaning wall photos

iii) Activity:

Leave this free for group to think about what they’d like to do Plan B could be winter bird survey
27.11.18 T&T 16 Storing fixed point photos

Creative responses to material collected so far

Creative consultant: supporting work on materials produced at site visit
11.12.18 BC 17 i)Fixed point photos

ii)Leaning wall photos

iii) Activity: exploring geophysical survey

David Bescoby BD could be asked to spray paint selected areas of the survey on the ground and lead a guided tour explaining the survey (intro talk at VH first)

This could be an opportunity to involve existing volunteers who would also enjoy finding out about this.

Xmas break
8.1.19 T&T 18 Storing fixed point photos

Creative responses to material collected so far

Creative consultant: supporting work on materials produced at site visit By this time the group could be working towards producing material for the exhibition
22.1.19 BC 19 i)Fixed point photos

ii)Leaning wall photos

iii) Activity:

Leave this free for group to think about what they’d like to do Plan B could be winter bird survey or looking for signs of spring
5.2.19 T&T 20 Storing fixed point photos

Finalising material for exhibition

Creative consultant: supporting work on materials produced at site visit Working with T&T staff to create exhibition
19.2.19 BC 21 i)Fixed point photos

ii)Leaning wall photos

iii) Activity:

Leave this free for group to think about what they’d like to do This could be focused on gathering any final images, sounds etc that the group would like to have for the exhibition
5.3.19 T&T 22 Storing fixed point photos

Finalising material for exhibition

Creative consultant: supporting work on materials produced at site visit
19.3.19 BC 23 Picnic
2.4.19 TT 24 Exhibition

 

12.01.18

 

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