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  • Derby, UK
Shine A Light Project

Shine A Light Project

Role: Digital Participation Curator/Creative Producer

Organisation: Derby QUAD


Shine A Light was a participatory film making project for the over 60s and ran by Derby QUAD (2013-16) and funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. 
The innovative participatory film project invited collaborations with people aged over 60 to show that life and learning do not stop at retirement.
Tapping into the many diverse groups, societies, clubs and interests across Derby and Derbyshire, nine different groups created and inspired stories about their group and their interests. The groups were paired with professional film directors.
Participating groups include; The Midland Railway Trust, Derby Society of Model & Experimental Engineers, Seen ‘Ya Rights, The 99th Garrison, Derbyshire Tennis Club and Derby Scriptwriters. 
The project worked with over 355 participants to make 12 films. It delivered 54 workshops, development sessions and film making experiences, including animation, editing, cinematography, directing for camera and online social media. 
To date, we have one film accepted to a major UK film festival. ‘Leg, Arm, Head’ directed by Scout Stuart and inspired by members of both the Seen ‘Ya Rights and No Money for Butter Club has been successful in being selected for BFI Flare.