Hidden History

Funding Body/Client: Arts Council England, North Lincolnshire Council, The Ropewalk and The Wilderspin National School Museum

Goals: To produce a fun, engaging and modern outlet to learn more about local history, that increases interest in the subject.

Barton upon Humber is a historical treasure trove featuring some of the UK’s key heritage sites, including one of the only remaining Anglo-Saxon buildings. It is also the birthplace of Chad Varah – founder of the Samaritans, and was once home to the world's largest cycle works.

Our aim with Hidden History was to make this diverse and compelling history readily available for Barton visitors and residents. Hidden History Barton is an interactive platform that puts all of this information at your fingertips, so you can experience it whilst exploring the historical locations themselves.

Over a 12 month period, we gathered historical information about the town - facts, personal stories and everything in between. We made some fantastic discoveries, connected with people who have lived through some of Barton’s key periods and poured all of our newfound knowledge into this app. Hidden History tells of this fascinating history through a collection of media including original and authentic photographs, video clips, narration and text.

Hidden History Barton was supported by Arts Council England, North Lincolnshire Council, The Ropewalk and The Wilderspin National School Museum.

Head over to the Hidden History Barton website for more information.

Employment Courses

Funding Body/Client: Reaching Communities

Goals: Improve employability among disadvantaged young people

Blueprint began delivering employment focused courses over five years ago, and we have continually fine-tuned our practice over the years to achieve the best outcomes for our participants. Over the past two years we have been developing a robust employment programme and developing and delivering our courses for disadvantaged young people across Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

These courses offer young people a chance to experience a real-working environment, giving them a level of responsibility they would not obtain on a training course. By participating, young people gain and develop skills to support them both in the classroom and into the world of employment. Our focus is to develop skills that are useful tools as they take on the employment market, such as creative thinking, presentation, leadership and resilience. All of these are skills are carefully nurtured through an exciting filmmaking process and all our participants have the opportunity to gain Arts Award accreditation.

We very excited to announce that we have just secured three years worth of funding from Reaching Communities to continue our Employment Programme. This money will allow us to continue our work with young people in Tower Hamlets and Hackney and also support them into further training and employment opportunities.

If you are interested in finding out more about our employment courses please contact laura@blueprintfilmfoundation.co.uk

Flix in the Stix

Funding Body/Client: BFI, Awards for All, Film Hub

Goals: To encourage community cohesion and provide arts services/opportunities to remote areas

Flix in the Stix is a touring cinema that hosts a monthly screening in seven villages across Lincolnshire, providing a varied and interesting selection of films including recent releases, award-winners and classic titles. Films are screened by a technician on brand-new state-of-the-art equipment, transforming local halls into cinemas for one evening a month.

Food and drink is made available at the screenings, with proceeds going to support the local communities. Tickets are priced at only £4, with £2 of all proceeds being donated to the village hall committees for use within the hall and local community.

Through Flix In The Stix, Blueprint: Film Foundation aims to provide a low-cost activity for communities in and around Lincolnshire without the hassle of traveling further afield into surrounding towns and cities and to provide this exciting event for people unable to travel.

The first year of this project was funded in part by the British Film Institute’s ‘Neighbourhood Cinema’ initiative, and the ‘Awards For All’ Big Lottery Fund.

To find out more, head over to the Flix in the Stix website.

Japan Festival

Funding Body/Client: Arts Council England, Sasakawa Foundation, Awards for All, Japan Foundation, The Japan Society

Goals: To develop cultural engagement in Lincoln

Over the last 5 years we have run an annual festival celebrating the rich and varied culture of Japan. By collaborating with a variety of talented people from across the globe, we've hosted a wide range of low-cost cultural events in the city.

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Since expanding the festival in 2015, we've been engaging up to 1,000 people in activities and performances in Lincoln. The festival introduced the beautiful culture of Japan as well as encouraging the celebration and acceptance of different cultures. Throughout the festival week we had a wide variety of events that allowed for everyone to find something they would enjoy, including film screenings with expert talks, Japanese craft workshops, martial arts classes, free live music, art exhibitions and lots more.

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Our workshops almost always sell out, well before the start of the festival, including sessions in origami craft, calligraphy and sushi making as well as our traditional tea ceremony. There were also a variety of other highly popular free events, including the city’s third PechaKucha and a Nintendo Gaming Event, which attracted over 200 people.

Through the High Sheriff's Fund Blueprint: Film Foundation were also able to train and utilise a small selection of volunteers for a variety of roles during Japan Festival 2015. During the festival, volunteers gained vital experience within their chosen roles, which included hosting at an arts exhibition, managing tournaments at a video game event, front of house staffing at various events and documenting the festival.

In the future we hope to continue the growth of Japan Festival in Lincoln, allowing it to expand and reach its full potential over the coming years.

Head over to the Japan Festival website to find out more.

Below is a short video summary of the 2017 festival:

Genesis Community Foundation Project

Funding Body/Client: The Genesis Housing Association

Goals: To develop skills and increase employability of unemployed young people

The Genesis Housing Association have an ongoing regeneration and development programme in North London, aiding the growth of the Woodberry Down area. As a part of this wider project, Blueprint: Film Foundation were provided with the funding to bring a free 9-week course of filmmaking workshops to unemployed young residents in Woodberry Down.

Over the course of the nine weeks, the candidates learnt basic sound, lighting and camera techniques, as well as script development, storyboarding and finally, editing. Each group made their own short film that they will be able to keep for their portfolios and each candidate gained a valuable Arts Award for their CV. To bring the project to a close, all groups got together with their friends, family and members of the local community at a screening of all the films.

The screening provided a great opportunity for the students to get feedback on their work and discuss what they learnt over the duration of the course.