Session led by Hannah Witton

Hannah is a 20-something influencer and vlogger. She makes weekly videos on her YouTube channel, where she delves into the trivial and the controversial. Hannah talks about a whole host of topics such as sex, feminism, books, film & TV and travel. A graduate of the University of Birmingham, she likes to spread positive messages to young people about relationships, body image, sex, gender & sexuality. With 19 million YouTube views and counting Hannah’s keynote and session will guide you through vlogging and how she got her work recognised on an international level.


Sharna Jackson

Sharna Jackson is a Children’s Content Creator working across digital, arts, education and entertainment.

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Session led by Blast Theory

Karen is a life coach and she’s happy to help you work through a few things in your life. You interact with Karen through an app. Her questions are drawn from psychological profiling questionnaires. She – and the software – are profiling you and she gives you advice based on your answers. In this session you’ll explore the the creative tools used to create this type of exciting and engaging app.

Find out more about Karen and Blast Theory here


Session led by Janette Bushall, The Company

Drawing on ideas from the sessions across the day, Janette will take you through how Arts Award could be achieved on digital projects. Using a range of tools, she’ll work with you to look at how you can add additional value and impact to your projects with young people with Arts Award.

To find out more about arts award please visit here to find out more about Janette and her work see more here


Session Led by Sian Macfarlane, Memoryscape

Artist Sian Macfarlane works with archive, photography and installation. In 2014 she produced Memoryscape in partnership with the Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Archives.  Using archive maps, the installation explores cutting edge mapping systems and projection to create an immersive space where users decide on where they will travel, and experience what it is to live in different times. Sian’s session will explore the potential of new technologies to unlock archival material, maps and photographs, and how immersive, interactive environments can be created with video and sound, imagining new possibilities for this way of working.


Session led by Marc Settle

Marc Settle from the BBC will share his tips and ideas as he takes you through apps, gadgets, lenses and microphones that can supercharge your smartphone. Whether it’s to gather news, film an event, or capture content for social media, you can use the phone in your pocket to capture broadcast-quality content. While these principles and techniques will apply to any smartphone, the session will be of most use to iPhone owners – owners of other devices are welcome to attend though. (A free app will be required for this session – Delegates will receive further information on this session nearer the day.)


Session led by Sugar Creative

Sugar has been spearheading Augmented Reality since its infancy and say they are ‘still pushing the technology further with every project’. The future of AR is incredibly exciting as mobile phones become ever more powerful and wearable technology becomes the norm. In this session you’ll explore how AR has been used across the UK and look at ways in which it can work for you.

Find out more about Sugar Creative and AR here


Session led by Adrian Gradinar

Adrian Gradinar is a PhD researcher in his last year at Lancaster University with The Creative Exchange research program. His main area of interest focuses on the intersection of the digital world and the physical one we actually reside in, especially how design thinking and doing are central to creating better experiences for everyone living in and experiencing this hybrid space. In this session you’ll explore his work and also get hands on and create your own augmented space project ideas.


Session Led by Sugar Creative

Will from Sugar Creative will explore the world of Apps with you and take you through some pro’s and con’s. He’ll look at starting points and how to develop an app without actually creating an app by prototyping first.


Session Led by Rebecca Hardy

Rebecca will take you through the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Wales) (BAFTA Cymru) 25th Awards digital journey. Exploring archives, social media engagement, web and augmented reality, the session delves into digital creation and how it helped to tell the story of the awards and the legacy they leave. The session will conclude with exploring your own digital journey.

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Getting There

The day will take place at The Studio which is situated in the heart of Birmingham City Centre: 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP

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As part of the day there will be a number of resources available to delegates and you’ll be able to download them here as soon as they are available.

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To book your free place please go here.
There is only limited capacity so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

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Further information

Digital Pick and Mix is presented by Arts Connect, the Bridge organisation for the West Midlands. Our aim is that all children and young people in the region can access and enjoy a rich and meaningful arts and cultural life.

We believe that meaningful engagement with the arts and culture contributes to a thriving childhood and impacts on learning, achievement, attainment, wellbeing, health, creativity, career options, progression into higher education and wider benefits to participating in society. Our purpose is to improve opportunities for children and young people aged 0 – 19 to access, engage in and connect with high quality arts and cultural activity.

We run a variety of programmes across the region, and champion Artsmark and Arts Award. Please visit us here for more information.

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