Reflection on Silver Arts Award Challenge

My journey for my silver arts award first began in early May 2015 because of the work I had being doing with Plymouth Dance. The very first thing I had to do for my arts award was chose an event that I was going to manage create. This was known as my arts challenge. With the help of Clare Summers from Plymouth Dance I decided to choose to manage a photo exhibition called screen shot and team up with Rachel Priest who was also a Plymouth Dance Volunteer. We both managed this project with the help of Claire Summers and Matthew Pontin from FOTONOW.


My first thoughts before I started were that the project was going to be complex and hard because it was linked to such a big event (U.Dance 2015).  At first I was unsure whether I chose the right project to manage as I’m not an expert with Photoshop and have never learned how to use the soft ware and I had never done anything managed any project before so I have no experience of managing such a big project.

I started my journey by making a in depth plan of the whole project and what needed to be done and when. This was an important first step because without this I wouldn’t know what to do next. Rachel and me made this plan together and we also then decided who was going to take on each individual role and made a column for this and I also made sure it was going to be highlighted yellow when each task was completed. That way we know what had already been done and what needed to be done and who was going to be doing that task.

We then used got in touch with FOTONOW to see if they would be willing to help us with editing the photos and their pixels to fit each individual screen in Plymouth that was going to displaying the exhibition because each screen has different formats that needed to be used and some of the screens had certain fonts that was also needed. The main problem we had was each screen has a different resolution that images are display on. The great thing was that FOTONOW were willing to help us with our project so we set up a meeting with Matthew Pontin from FOTONOW to see what he could help us with and he talked us though how we needed to organise the images according to how they were being edited and then we arranged a date to meet to start the work.

We then worked on choosing the images and putting them in the right order and I wrote a piece about why I put them in that order.  We then went back to Matthew with the images and order they needed to be in and worked with him to resize and format all the images and all the logos that needed to be on each individual slide. We also worked with him to make sure we had credits to everyone involved in each image and how and where these slides needed to be put in the order of things.  Then we put all the slides into a slide show that would them be used as our film for the exhibition.

When this was finished we then checked the film to make sure that everyone that work with us or anyone that needed to be credited was credited. After this we emailed it to Claire Summers and June Gamble to check it was suitable and correct for screening for example making sure that everyone was credited that needed to be and making sure we hadn’t missed anyone out or any logos. After that I drafted a press release to be used in case we could get the press involved with the project and we also used some of the press release and put it into the email to send to the relevant people. I then got this email checked before I sent it off with the correct attachment and links to the films by Claire Summers.

I then got to see our photo exhibition being displayed all over Plymouth I was lucky enough to be standing right by the big screen in Plymouth just as it was being displayed on the big screen in the city centre.

Working on this exhibition has been a great learning experience and I am so glad I had the chance to be a part of something this big and I have gain a lot more skills and confidence through doing this. At times I found the project particularly stressful because it was an relatively simple project but the individual tasks we quite in depth and complex unless you have learned that particular skill for example the picture formatting was very complex until you learned about pixels and how the screens work after I learned this skill I found it not that challenging its just very fiddly and time consuming.

I feel the project would have been better managed if we started the project earlier so it would have given us more time to format all of the images because I was kind of a big rush to get all the images ready and in the correct order in a slide show so they could be sent out to the correct people so they are ready to be shown on time. I feel we should of sent the exhibition slide show out earlier because we were lucky that there were no issues with the relevant people assessing the link this is why if I curated a project like screen shot again I would have sent all the email out earlier just in case there are any technical problem this give us time to sort out the issue with out it affect the overall deadline. I also felt that we needed to have learned the skills needed on Photoshop before starting the project, as this would have really helped with managing the project.

If you would like to see the exhibition we curated then please click hereIf you would like to see the exhibition we curated then please click here.

Screen Shot So Far

Today I had a meeting with Fotonow to start formatting the photos ready to put them together for the screens around Plymouth. We had already picked 6 images from two of four collections so we started by duplicate the photos and putting them in order then we resized the images and cropped them to fit with each screen size we the also pick 6 more images for one of the other collections and also put them together with the other and resize them too. We also add title slides and created a master slide that had all the logos of the other parties that are involved in creating the exhibition.

Image of Tammy and Rachel by Fotonow

Image of Tammy and Rachel by Fotonow

We now need to pick 6 photos from the last collection and then resize them and put them together in the slide show along with the title slide and we need to add the credits to each collection. Then we need to send the slide show of to each of the organisation that is working with us to get their approval before we send it to the screens around Plymouth.

Tammy Mildren

Introduction to my silver arts award

Hello my name is Tammy and I’m 18 years old. I am currently doing my silver arts award with Plymouth Dance and Exim Dance Company.


Image by Claire Summers of Tammy performing with ADAPT on the Plymouth Dance Schools Tour

For those of you that don’t know what he silver arts award is it is a level 2 qualification and it has two units that you need to complete. Unit 1 is all about arts practice and unit 2 is all about arts leadership.
The silver arts award involves achieving an arts challenge as well as reviewing arts events and researching about an artist to write about and art organisations as well. It also involves delivering an arts leadership project with other people. The whole award should take around 60 hours to complete.
As part of my arts award I needed to choose an arts challenge which mean mangling and delivering an arts event and I have chosen to organise and deliver a digital photography exhibition this is called screen shots.

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Image from The Blue Arrows digital exhibition Photo by Kevin Clifford

Screen shots is a photo exhibition which exhibit photos of young dancers around Plymouth to show the incredible talent these young dancers have in the city. The exhibition will be shown as part of 2015 and goes live very soon, so look out for more information over the next few days!

Tammy Mildren – Plymouth Dance Volunteer