FREE multi-media workshops for the people of Workington this June

FREE multi-media workshops for the people of Workington this June

May 10, 2021

Our Discovered Stories Shared Lives project is bringing a series of FREE workshops to Workington this summer (as well as Barrow-in-Furness).

Working with Signal Film and Media, CDEC's Discovered Stories Shared Communities project is bringing multi-media workshops to Workington in June and July to explore what it means to live in Cumbria, whether you have just moved to the community or you have just arrived.

People from the ages of 10 to 99 years will come together to celebrate the diverse stories, cultures, languages and ways of looking and being ‘Cumbrian’ in a welcoming and celebratory way through creative activities.

What's involved?

Five FREE workshops are being held for participants in and around Workington and will be delivered online via Zoom by Signal Film and Media.

There are 12 available spaces on each of the free courses with the aim of creating work which will be hosted as part of a permanent online exhibition on CDEC’s website.

A further set of workshops is also being held in Barrow-in-Furness. 

Participants will work together in pairs or small groups to workshop ways to uncover stories and reactions to the county as a home and create a stop-motion animation, a spoken word-type of activity such as a song or poem that can be translated into another language or through photography and digital artwork.

The workshops will all be family-friendly so that everyone’s voice contributes to the generation of each piece with the aim of being a contribution to a permanent online exhibition.

Project officer Gabi Lipska noted, “We’re very excited to share and showcase what connects us creatively by bringing together diverse voices and perspectives, from those who have lived in Cumbria for generations to those who have come to this beautiful county from all different corners of the world to make it their home.”

How can I book mine and my family's places?

To sign up for the workshops, complete the form here or contact Signal Film and Media project manager Kezz Turner on 07933 001031.

What's the Discovered Stories Shared Communities project about?

Discovered Stories Shared Communities brings together people from diverse communities to share, explore and work with ideas and stories. It develops ways of understanding what it means to be a resilient and welcoming community. Through this project we are listening, talking, and playing with new meanings, interpretations and stories, and, out of this, new visions for the future of connecting with our communities will emerge.

The Discovered Stories Shared Communities project aims to capture those visions so that they can serve as an inspiration to everyone.

This two-year project is run by CDEC and funded by the Big Lottery Community Fund.

You can find out more here.

Deadline for applications

Barrow-in-Furness - Mon 10th May 
Workington - Monday 14th June 

Successful participants will be contacted by telephone and email the following day.


Schedule of activity 

Barrow-in-Furness: Tuesdays 18th & 25th May and 1st, 8th & 15th June from 6-8pm at Cooke’s Studios, 104 Abbey Road

Workington: Activity will take place over Zoom on Tuesdays: 22nd & 29th June and 6th, 13th & 20th July from 6-8pm.

Activity packs will be sent out to participants in advance and individual applicants are reminded that this will be a family friendly event.


With thanks to the Big Lottery Community Fund for supporting Discovered Stories Shared Communities.