QUAD have delivered a range of digital photography, animation and comic workshops in three Hubs, and also coordinated the #ThisIsDerby web team. The Digital Hub also ran a #ThisIsDerby photography competition for young people. The competition was judged by young people in QUAD’s Young Advocates group, and winners can be viewerd here.
The #ThisIsDerby Web Team of 14 young people attended fortnightly workshops at QUAD to understand how to design a website. They made decisions about who and what it is for, content, language and navigation.
QUAD continues to deliver website, photography and filmmaking workshops to generate content for the website.
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#ThisIsDerby Web Team at QUADMore
#ThisIsDerby’s web team of 14 young people attended fortnightly workshops at QUAD to understand how to design a website. They made decisions about who and what it is for, content, language and navigation. The team worked with designers Firecatcher to design the look and feel of the site, and web developers Frogspark to understand how to code text, shapes and colours.
See the Web Team page for a more detailed look at what the team did.
“This website can inspire the young people to get out and participate in activities” Member of the Web Team
The Digital Hub has run a photo competition! Lots of you sent in your photos!
A group of young people selected their favourite photos, and the winner will receive a fabulous DSLR camera. 10 runners up will receive a digital compact camera.See who the winner and runner ups are on our #thisisderby photo compeition results blog.
Photography workshops at Hardwick PrimaryMore
Year 5 students from Hardwick Primary have been taking part in a series of photography workshops with QUAD artist Jon Legge. QUAD tasked the students with creating photos for the website that explored their own identity or their community.
So far, 60 students from two Year 5 classes have worked in small groups to undertake a photo challenge of capturing various objects, shapes and colours around their school.
Students are learning:
There are four more workshops to complete, but here are some great photos from the project so far.
Photography workshops at Meadow FarmMore
Students from Meadow Farm Community School have been working with artist Helen Jackson, during after school sessions, to explore different ways of using photography to make art. So far, they have been making gifs and taking self portraits to make into new artwork in future sessions.
Photography workshops with Royal Derby Hospitals Youth ForumMore
Members of Royal Derby Hospital’s Youth Forum been taking part in a series of photography workshops with QUAD artist Jon Legge. QUAD tasked the young people with creating photos for the website that explored their own identity or their community.
So far, 12 young people have worked with Jon to capture images of the group and from around the hospital. They have another workshop planned in July.
Bringing together a small team of young people from across the city to design the #ThisIsDerby website was a big challenge, but what an amazing success it has been!
After delivering a series of taster workshops at schools and youth centres across the city, young people sent in applications to join the web team. QUAD then selected a group of 14 young people, aged 11-17, who attended fortnightly workshops to learn web design and web building skills. The team we at the forefront of the process, working together to make difficult decisions about the design, feel and navigation of the site, as well as discussing their thoughts and hopes for the future of Derby. They were very clear that it should be a website for and by young people! Seeing the website come to life was an amazing experience, and the web team were able to reflect on their successes, and what being part of the team had meant to them:
“This website can inspire the young people to get out and participate in activities”
“My opinion really matters, and I can be more confident!”
“This was the first time I had taken part in a project like this. I had walked past QUAD but I didn’t know what was inside. I would definitely come back to QUAD again.”
“I’ve learnt that there is a good amount of green space and that Derby is a great place to be in, with LGBT supporters, and the council listen to everyone’s ideas”
“the young people in Derby can be really friendly, despite stereotypes”
“being part of the web team showed me I can work in a team with people I’ve never met”
“I didn’t think that my opinions would be taken on board so much. I feel like we’re a lot more involved and the project feels strangely personal. Before I wasn’t particularly confident enough to share my opinion, but this project has made me more confident”.
“I’ve had to overcome challenges such as teamwork, making friends fast, and trying things out of my depth”
You can meet members of the web team and discuss the website at the upcoming “There’s nothing to do in Derby” event on July 13th.
Tobi Wong, 15, is a member of the web team. Tobi is home schooled, and was introduced to QUAD staff through his work with the Youth Forum at Royal Derby Hospital. From the first time we met Tobi, we knew he would be a fantastic part of the web team…but he has become a true asset to capturing youth voice through the #ThisIsDerby project.
In Tobi’s own words, he’ll “have a go at anything”! Tobi has shown real charisma in his ability to engage with young people and also present feedback and experiences to consortium groups and at large scale events. He has stepped out of his comfort zone, challenging himself to speak publicly about the impact of #ThisIsDerby, and with incredible articulation. Tobi has taken part in the ThisIsMe self tape project led by AVIT Media, and was group photographer for the web team. He has helped shape the #ThisIsDerby website, ensuring the purpose and target audience are considered at all points of the process, and that it can be used by young people in Derby as a single site of information and sharing for years to come.
Tobi has been amazing to meet, work with and learn from. We cannot thank him enough for his input into #ThisIsDerby!