Author Archives: Dorcas Taylor

Getting it 'Out There'

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Just had a meeting with Paul Grahamslaw from Lighthouse Media & PR to talk about increasing public awareness of CHART Scarborough and to decide how to get more local people on board through the local press. We’ve come up with a plan (always a good thing). If you want to find out more about how we work, drop me an email: dorcas@chartscarborough.com.

Arts Council thumbs up!

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Had a meeting with our Arts Council Officer on Thursday to keep him updated about what’s happening with the project. Positive response to our plans….

More trail ideas

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Kate’s poetry trail idea would make a good pilot trail for the CHART Scarborough map. I’ve just had this thought emailed to me by Richard Flowitt. He says,

“A trail is a journey on a path and since it is in Scarborough it is an urban path or trail. Such a trail is through roads, buildings, gardens and open spaces.Therefore an important visual aspect of the trail must be the buildings and their relationships to the town, the communities and each other, open spaces and their importance.

This does not mean that the prestigious buildings such as The Grand Hotel must be dominant but that the extravagance of the carving and sculptures should be appreciated. Similarly the delicacy of the cast iron bracket next to the St Nicholas Cliff Lift should be enjoyed . This may not be the direction you are proposing to go but could form a small part of your trail.”

I also see the possibility for Scarborough’s architecture forming its own ‘trail’.

That’s the beauty of CHART Scarborough. It’s flexible enough for us to identify and highlight all the various cultural treats we have at our disposal via a range of trails developed by passionate people.

Contact us

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As well as leaving your thoughts on the website, you can contact us at info@chartscarborough.com or leave a message for us via Create on 01723 384545.

Mental Sat Nav-ing

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Scarborough is getting re-presented through various maps of the town, all of which have their place because they all have different purposes. Our map is different and this is how… we’re inviting local people to get involved in helping us make the CHART Scarborough. We are currently organising sessions with budding map-spotters so that we can research people’s mental maps of Scarborough. Not only will that give us useful info which will influence the way our map is designed, but it also means the people of Scarborough have been actively involved in its creation, which is highly relevant to the project. We’re arranging sessions with a Skylark Day Nursery, Ayton Girl Guides, Woodlands School, Scarborough Civic Society and members of the Town Team. If you’d like to get involved, let us know.  Creative Coast is also planning an event at Woodend Creative Workspace on 10 November as part of Yorkshire Digital Week 2009 (www.digital-week.co.uk) to encourage local creatives (& their children) to help us with our research (this event will take place in the early evening… fun activities…. creche…. refreshments…. more info to follow).

Website thinking

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Just had a meeting with Dr. John Whelan at the University of Hull’s Scarborough Campus. John is a lecturer in the School of Arts & New Media and leads the Digital Media team. He is going to be working with us on CHART Scarborough to plan the technical direction of the website. 

We have some big ideas about the way in which we can make the website interactive and original, but we have to manage a balancing act between making the website a resource which is accessible to all the community and our digital aspirations.  In the first instance, we need to let the website grow with our community of users.  It’s important that what we do is inclusive, so one of the main aims of our outreach work is to encourage people to use it in a way that is interesting and meaningful to them (I know this sounds pretty obvious) and, as they work with it, we use them to test it, generate content and develop its functionality.

Once we know what sorts of things they want from it, that will help us to take the website in more challenging directions, but we’ll need to continue to work with our users so they can stay engaged, keep up with the technology and keep providing content. It’s them who will be breathing life into the website.

Will spend some time now on mapping things out.

Media Coverage for CHART Scarborough

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Here’s some of the media coverage so far. It will give you some background information on CHART Scarborough and how it evolved from Scarborough Arts Trail. Just click on the links below.

http://www.scarborougheveningnews.co.uk/news/Map-created-for-culture-hotspots.5518933.jp

http://www.scarborougheveningnews.co.uk/art/Arts-trail-in-the-pipeline.3288900.jp

We have hard copies of other printed articles that no longer appear on the Scarborough Evening News website. Get in touch with us if you’d like to see them.

Welcome to CHART Scarborough

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For everyone interested in promoting and supporting culture, heritage and art in Scarborough, welcome to CHART Scarborough. Welcome, also, to our blog.

CHART Scarborough is an arts project which aims to put Scarborough’s creative activities – past and present – literally ‘on the map’. CHART Scarborough stands for Culture, Heritage and Art in Scarborough. Scarborough is full of creative people who are very passionate about promoting Scarborough as cultural hotspot – and rightly so, as there is a lot going on here now in the creative industries, digital media and the arts, with a long tradition of producing and nurturing homegrown creative talent and supporting innovation. Our project, which has funding from Arts Council England, aims to chart Scarborough’s creativity on a printed map and through the development of a website which will enable local people to produce their own cultural trails. But that’s the tip of the iceberg…. Read More »