Access to Art

Funding Body/Client: Community First

Goals: To develop media, research and planning skills with unemployed participants and create a community exhibition to raise aspirations.

Thanks to funding from Community First, we worked with a group of unemployed Lincoln residents to produce a photography exhibition which delved into Lincoln’s past as well as showcasing what the group learnt through workshops run by Blueprint. The images used in the exhibition fused their own photography with period photographs of Lincoln.

Quote: Exhibition visitor “wonderful images.”

Identity

Funding body: Awards For All

Goals: To break down barriers and dispel myths surrounding immigration

We received funding from Awards For All to run a project called Fusing Worlds, which culminated in an exhibition called Identity. This combined an audio piece with photography to look into issues surrounding immigration and identity. We interviewed Lincoln residents, both British-born and those coming from other countries, to hear their opinions on the divisive topic. The photography simplified complex ideas of identity and belonging to create a piece that celebrated peoples’ similarities and their differences.

Lincoln Film Festival

Funding Body/Client: Awards For All/Lincoln Film Society

Goals: To encourage community cohesion and engagement in the arts

Blueprint helped Lincoln Film Society celebrate its 60th Anniversary by running a handful of events for its month-long 2013 film festival. Blueprint ran ‘Flix in the Stix’, which brought the cinema experience to rural villages surrounding Lincoln. We took classic films and projection equipment to village halls and schools to allow them to enjoy the festival at their doorstep.

We co-ordinated the grand finale of the festival, an outdoor screening of the classic musical Grease. Blueprint: Film Foundation’s workshop leaders made a short documentary with local children during the daytime which was shown before the feature and put up a green screen in the centre of the city to allow locals to step into the movies themselves. For the film screening a huge LED screen was hired and deck chairs set out so that Lincoln’s Corn Exchange could play host to a unique cinematic experience.