Creative Communities in Uist and Lewis

 Creative Communities in Uist and Lewis 

Fair Access in the Outer Hebrides

A girl holding an illustration to animate for cameras

Last week Becca Skeoch (WACI Coordinator) and Jesse Paul (Head of Fair Access) paid a visit to creative communities in Uist and Lewis.

On Benbecula, they visited Lionacleit School where S1 pupils were working on a Fair Access project all about Gaelic Culture. This project was a collaboration between Fair Access, the school and Uist Film which gave the students an introduction to animation and storytelling skills.

To get a sense of other creative work on the island, Becca and Jesse were joined by Andy Mackinnon at Taigh Chearsabhagh. They were so excited to witness work in progress from fine art students and to get a sense of place by visiting Hut of the Shadows – a Camera Obscura and of course a walk on the beach before their ferry.

On Lewis, we visited arts education workers at An Lanntair in Stornoway. They were so inspired by the range, depth and extent of the in-house and outreach arts programme they offer. Fair Access are hoping to work on a collaborative interdisciplinary performance project with them in the near future.

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If you have any questions or queries or would like to know how to get involved with WACI, please email: waci@rcs.ac.uk

Get Into: Performing and Production Arts

 Get Into: 

 Performing and Production Arts 

Performance, Production, Singing and Community Arts

For pupils S5 & S6 or Young People 16+

Woman performing for school children

Starting Autumn 2024

Would you like to Get Into: Performing and Production Arts but not sure where to begin? Our free Get Into courses could be the perfect answer. 

We’re running four separate programmes starting this Autumn:

  • Performance (acting, devising and dance)
  • Production for Stage and Screen (sound, lighting and camera)
  • Singing Together (confidence building and vocal leadership)
  • Community Arts (leading creative projects with communities)

These free weekly part-time sessions will be a great opportunity for you to:

  • Build your confidence
  • Develop your skills in your chosen field
  • Meet others who love the same thing as you

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Please note: Fair Access will prioritise those aged 16-19 facing barriers to accessing the arts such as those:

Get in touch and we can check your postcode for you. 

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If you have any questions or queries, email: fairaccess@rcs.ac.uk

Filmmaking Workshops in Lochaber and Oban

 Filmmaking Workshops 

Community Collaborations:

Ardnamurchan, Lochaber and Oban

A group of young people in a classroom in a circle

Hannah Hunter and WACI have been to visit Ardnamurchan, Lochaber and Oban High Schools to deliver introductory Filmmaking workshops. The workshops looked at film theory and style whilst giving the students hands-on directing experience. Hannah is an RCS BA Filmmaking student and Ardnamurchan High School alumni. This gave the students an opportunity to hear how Hannah developed her film skills whilst based in a rural community.

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If you have any questions or queries or would like to know how to get involved with WACI, please email: waci@rcs.ac.uk

Come and Try: CLPL Sessions for Teachers

 Come and Try: 

 CLPL Sessions for Teachers 

Wednesday Evenings in May 2024

Two people discussing a script onset A conductor practicing his score with an ensemble Dancer in a studio practicing

WACI are delighted to be offering three new Career-Long Professional Learning (CLPL) sessions for secondary teachers this coming May:

All sessions are free and take place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Aimed primarily at secondary teachers who work in schools with large catchments of SIMD1 areas, you can find out more and sign up by clicking the links above. 

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If you have any questions about these activities, please email: waci@rcs.ac.uk

Introduction to Animation

 Introduction to Animation 

Mondays Evenings in February – May
5pm – 6:30pm

Young adult wearing pop art shirt with bobbed hair

Where: Online  Cost: Free
Dates: 26 Feb, 4, 18, 25 March, 22, 29 April, 6 May

Do you live in the East of Scotland and would you like to learn about the art of animation, explore various digital creative tools and create your own animation project? Join our engaging animation and storytelling workshop series. It is perfect for beginners and is free to attend.

Throughout the course of three months, you will be able to develop your own stories and animations through a series of workshops. Workshops will cover different aspects of animation, such as:

  • storytelling
  • creating animated comics
  • developing characters
  • production

We will also cover the following for animation and film:

  • music
  • sound effects
  • voice-overs

Exploring a range of techniques and tools, this course will be a great opportunity to explore your creativity through an understanding of the animation process.

* Applications now closed *

Please note: WACI works with those facing barriers in accessing the arts, such as those:

This project will also prioritise those living in the East of Scotland.

Contact us: If you have any questions or queries, get in touch with the team at waci@rcs.ac.uk

Get Into: Film Visit Blazing Griffin

 Get Into: Film Visit Blazing Griffin 

Our ‘Get Into: Film’ course has two strands, Screenwriting and Sound (Post Production). Katy and Iona from the Sound course had the time of their lives when we visited Glasgow’s Blazing Griffin for an inside view. Thank you to Travis Reeves, RCS Sound Post Production tutor who runs our Sound strand, and a huge thank you to John Cobban Senior Dubbing Mixer at Blazing Griffin for an amazing, in-depth insight. 

Young person sitting in front of a mixing desk 
Katy and Iona sat next to John at the mixing desk in a huge dubbing suite, whilst he explained and demonstrated how he builds sound up for films and high-end television, across both drama and d
ocumentary. Working at the top of his professional game, John is a firm believer in supporting young people to feel they too can enter this world, which can seem so inaccessible.

Young person sitting in front of a mixing desk

Using (as yet) unreleased film material he’s currently working on, John showed how he’d chosen and manipulated the different elements of sound, which had a huge impact on the way we view the images. He answered loads of questions and provided an inspiring insight into what working in Post Production Sound can be like.

Back at RCS, Katy and Iona will now put some of these skills into action as they learn how to track their own scenes, under the guidance of Travis. 

Talking about ‘Get Into: Film’, and the trip to Blazing Griffin, Katy said:

‘You learn so differently on this course. When you go to school it’s always so structured. Teachers show you how to do stuff and you have a bunch of questions but here, cos it’s almost like one-on-one instruction, it’s a lot more hands-on and it feels more like a conversation than like a usual teaching experience. The best thing about Blazing Griffin, I have to say was seeing how stuff was made and also seeing stuff that isn’t released yet. I can’t say anything about it, right now (sworn to secrecy), but it was just very cool!’

Thank you Blazing Griffin! 

 Want to know more about our ‘Get Into’ programmes? 

Look out for more Get Into programmes that you can sign up for next Spring. If you have any questions or queries, email: fairaccesshello@rcs.ac.uk

 

Get Into: Performing and Production Arts Update

 Get Into: Performing and Production Arts Update 

Musical Theatre, Filmmaking, Production, Singing and Guitar

Two people standing in a darkended room experimenting with lighting

This term, Fair Access has been running a fantastic programme of ‘Get Into’ courses designed as pathways towards further training in higher education.

Forty-five young people from across Scotland attend weekly workshops to develop their skills and confidence in either Production Arts and Technology, Guitar, Musical Theatre or Filmmaking (which focuses on either Script Writing or Post-production Sound).

Young woman showing a prop

We are especially delighted to be working in partnership with Eden Court Theatre in Inverness to host a further ‘Get Into: Production’ course, which focuses on prop making and includes a work experience placement at RCS.

Courses are led by RCS tutors and freelance artists, many of whom are RCS alumni, now working professionally. In January we are excited to offer ‘Get Into: Singing’ as part of this programme. 

 Want to know more about our ‘Get Into’ programmes? 

Look out for more Get Into programmes that you can sign up for next Spring. If you have any questions or queries, email: fairaccesshello@rcs.ac.uk

Fair Access Filmmaking Taster Morning

 Fair Access 

 Filmmaking Taster Morning 

Wednesday 8 November, 9:30 – 1pm

RCS, 100 Renfrew St, Glasgow G2 3DB

A group of young people with a tutor playing with film cameras

Are your pupils interested in studying Filmmaking at a college, university or conservatoire? Sign up now for you and up to three of your pupils to attend our Filmmaking Taster Morning at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Come and meet some of the Fair Access team where we’ll be on hand to advise about what support we can offer you and your pupils. The taster session will also be a great opportunity to:

  • Find out more about the RCS BA Filmmaking course
  • Try your hand at screenwriting
  • Hear from and chat with current filmmaking students
  • Get up close with filmmaking equipment

We welcome you inside RCS to get a feel for what it could be like to study here.

* Applications now closed *

Booking Deadline: 1 November, 12 noon

Please note: Fair Access is funded to support young people who face barriers in accessing the arts. You are welcome to book up to three of your pupils on this session who meet the following criteria:

Get in touch and we can check your postcode for you. 

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If you have any questions about this activity, please email: fairaccesshello@rcs.ac.uk

Filmmaking Interview Prep

 Filmmaking Interview Prep 

Tuesday 10 October, 5 – 7pm

A film camera and phone zooming in on a mouth

Are you thinking about applying to study filmmaking at a college, university or conservatoire? Join us for our Filmmaking Interview Prep Workshop.

This workshop will be a great opportunity for you to:

  • Learn more about what it’s like to study filmmaking
  • Prepare for the interview scenario
  • Receive tips on how to improve your interview
  • Answer any questions you may have
When: Tuesday 10 October, 5 – 7pm
Where: Online

* Applications now closed *

Booking Deadline: 9 October, 12 noon

Please note: WACI will prioritise those facing barriers in accessing the arts such as those who are:

Get in touch and we can check your postcode for you. 

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If you have any questions about this activity, please email: waci@rcs.ac.uk

Focus on Applications: DDPF

 Focus on Applications for 

 Dance, Drama, Production and Filmmaking 

Tuesday 12 & Thursday 14 September

Woman pointing at a screen that young woman is balancing on her lap

Want to discover more about studying dance, drama, production or filmmaking? Then our Focus on Applications for DDPF sessions are for you.

These two free sessions will be a great chance to:

  • Learn about studying at a college, university or conservatoire in dance, drama, production or filmmaking
  • Gain an understanding of the application process
  • Get top tips on how to write your personal statement

These sessions focus on applying via UCAS and UCAS Conservatoires, as well as applying for a creative course at any college and/or university.

When: 12 & 14 September, 5-7pm
Where: Online (via Zoom)
Who is it for: Eligible S5 and S6 pupils who are looking to apply to study the arts in further or higher education

* Applications now closed *

Note: Fair Access will prioritise those facing barriers to accessing the arts such as those:

  • living in an SIMD20 postcode and/or
  • care experienced or estranged and/or
  • identifying as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour (living at an SIMD20 or 40 postcode).

You can check your postcode here or if you contact the team we can check for you.

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If you have any questions or any issues with filling out the form, please get in touch at: waci@rcs.ac.uk