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Montrose Playhouse Project plans to bring cinema to Angus

Posted onApril 4, 2014

Montrose Playhouse Project plans to bring cinema to Angus

Dundeechannel.com met with Trevor Eakin, Chairman of the Montrose Playhouse Project to talk to him about ambitious plans to open the only cinema in Angus.

The Montrose Playhouse Project are pleased to announce that major steps forward have been made over the past few months in bringing a cinema and arts centre to the town.

As those who have followed their progress will already know, they have been in talks with Angus Council in regards to turning the disused swimming pool on The Mall into a multi-function building which will provide films, live theatre screenings, art centre, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms and much more. This would benefit everyone from educating school children to film clubs thus offering a community driven hub for entertainment and learning.

Over the past while they have received a grant from Firstport which allowed us to get preparatory work done and as of Saturday March 15th we will also have our first award from the Lottery and an application for funding in to Angus Council which means they can now fully embark upon the following;

A website designed by a local Angus company Jpcreativevision. The website will mean that as well their Facebook page, people can get information about who they are, what their aims are and how they can get involved if they wish to. It will be another great outlet for keeping people informed.

The group also have a Quantity Surveyor helping with the planning and costing of the building and the grants will allow them to put together a planning application to the Council for approval.

They have over recent weeks employed a legal team and have now voted in Trustees and Members into the group and written a Constitution and an application to become a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) awaiting approval from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) which they hope to have a decision on in the next 4 -5 weeks. Once this is hopefully approved then it means they have the right status to apply for much larger grants and therefore move things on even quicker.

When they collated all the information from their Facebook survey and the paper ones handed into the Montrose Review office it showed that there was a huge lack of response form the under 18’s. The grant money has meant they now have a written survey which is going out to all the schools in The Mearns and hopefully beyond. Filling this gap in their response will also help them in applying for further grants as they are confident that it will prove a need in the community to provide education and entertainment facilities to the youngsters in the area.

For them to be successful in the bigger grant applications they need to be able to prove to the funders that this is a viable project. The Lottery award means that they are now going to be able to employ Ron Inglis, Independent Cinema Consultant to write a preliminary Business Plan and a Feasibility Study. This will be a major help in getting grant awards and Ron has 30 years of experience and knowledge in the cinema industry and has been recommended to them by every other Independent cinema we have spoken to including The Phoenix in Oban, The Birks in Aberfeldy, Dundee Contemporary Arts theatre and Ron was also fundamental in the building and opening of The Mareel in Shetland . Ron will continue to assist and advise them throughout the project and has many contacts in the industry that will be able to help us. He was among the first to congratulate them in all our achievements getting us to this point.

All in all, although it has taken the small community group of volunteers a year to get to this stage, they are now confident that they can really start getting their teeth into the project. Hopefully with the help and support from others, eventually put a stop to local people having a very lengthy and expensive trip every time they wish to see a film and enjoy the full cinematic experience.

Montrose Playhouse Project Chairman, Trevor Eakin said “All of us who began this project with its Founder, David Paton, knew that this was going to be a long journey. We have been highly pleased with the response from the general public with our survey showing that 99% of those asked said that they would use a modern cinema venue in the town. We realise it may be frustrating for those who had expected faster results but this is such an important project for the town, that we want to make sure we do it right. Our Facebook page www.facebook.com/MontrosePlayhouseProject now has 3,200 followers and every person who joins is another tick in the box for potential funders. This is a truly exciting time for us and we expect to be kept extremely busy in the coming months as we progress the project further.”

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Abertay and V&A to research Game Design displays

Posted onNovember 28, 2013

Abertay and V&A to research Game Design displays

Abertay and V&A to research Game Design displays

Abertay and V&A to research Game Design displays

Abertay and V&A to research Game Design displays.
A new research network will see Abertay University and the V&A working with international partners to discover new ways of displaying game design in museums.

The project, titled Video Games in the Museum, is one of six new networks funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to help shape the future of video game innovation.

Academic, cultural and industry partners will take part in a series of workshops starting in March 2014 at the V&A in London and running until the autumn of 2015.

 

The project is led by Gregor White, Director of Academic Enterprise at Abertay University, and Kieran Long, Senior Curator of Contemporary Architecture, Design and Digital at V&A. Games industry consultant Alex Wiltshire, former editor of Edge Magazine, will work as Project Coordinator.

 

Gregor White, Director of Academic Enterprise at Abertay University, said:

“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with V&A, an esteemed international network of academics and some of the biggest names in the industry to find new ways to interpret and exhibit video games in museums.

“With the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council this project will help the public understand the high levels of creativity and innovation in the games industry, showcasing the different artforms that combine to produce interactive digital entertainment.”

 

Kieran Long, Senior Curator of Contemporary Architecture, Design and Digital at V&A, said:

“This is a unique opportunity to work side by side with industry leaders to present their work in a unique light.  The V&A is a museum concerned with creativity and process, and here we have the opportunity to research one of the most prolific and urgent design disciplines.”

The project’s academic partners are Abertay University; The Animation Workshop, Viborg; Cologne Game Lab; Creative Skillset; Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest; National Film School of Denmark; PlayStation First; University of Malta and University of Southern California.

The project’s cultural and industry partners are Dundee Contemporary Arts, Microsoft Game Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, TIGA, Ukie, V&A and V&A at Dundee.

The project intends to expose the design decisions made by a range of creative games professionals in order to better understand and communicate new and emerging design practices.

This project will create an innovative methodology for video game acquisition and display, which will go beyond a currently passive, ‘off the shelf’ approach, by collaborating closely with academic and curatorial experts, journalists, and developers to create opportunities for further reflection leading to new acquisition protocols.

Face of Freedom 2012 finalist Sara Preston

Posted onFebruary 19, 2012

Face of Freedom 2012 finalist Sara Preston

Face of Freedom 2012 finalist Sara Preston

Voting continues in the Face of Freedom modelling competition 2012. The Dundee Channel interviewed all the finalists who were chosen at the auditions in Dundee Contemporary Arts. The interviews were held at the Maggies Cancer Care Centre at Ninewells Hospital Dundee as the proceeds from the fashion show that the competition culminates in will donate its profits to the charity. Now in its 4th year the interviews continue with 23 year old Sara Preston from Northen Ireland who is studying Forensic Anthropology  at Dundee University. If Sara gets your vote be sure to text “SP32? to 0784 843 3424.

Only one vote per mobile number, the competition organisers don’t make any money from the standard text message number and standard text charges will apply.

 

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Face of Freedom 2012 finalist Nicola Prosser

Posted onFebruary 2, 2012

Face of Freedom 2012 finalist Nicola Prosser

Face of Freedom 2012 finalist Nicola Prosser

Voting continues in the Face of Freedom modelling competition 2012.  The Dundee Channel interviewed all the finalists who were chosen at the auditions in Dundee Contemporary Arts. The interviews were held at the Maggies Cancer Care Centre at Ninewells Hospital Dundee as the proceeds from the fashion show that the competition culminates in will donate its profits to the charity. Now in its 4th year the interviews continue with 20 year old Nicola Prosser from Glasgow who is studying Illustration at Dundee University. If Nicola gets your vote be sure to text “NP22″ to 0784 843 3424. 

Only one vote per mobile number, the competition organisers don’t make any money from the standard text message number and standard text charges will apply.

 

Face of Freedom 2012 finalist Rachel Crawford

Posted onJanuary 30, 2012

Face of Freedom 2012 finalist Rachel Crawford

Face of Freedom 2012 finalist Rachel Crawford

Voting continues in the Face of Freedom modelling competition 2012.  The Dundee Channel interviewed all the finalists who were chosen at the auditions in Dundee Contemporary Arts. The interviews were held at the Maggies Cancer Care Centre at Ninewells Hospital Dundee as the proceeds from the fashion show that the competition culminates in will donate its profits to the charity. Now in its 4th year the interviews continue with 20 year old Rachel Crawford from Northern Ireland who is studying Civil Engineering at Dundee University. If Rachel gets your vote be sure to text “RC33″ to 0784 843 3424. 

Only one vote per mobile number, the competition organisers don’t make any money from the standard text message number and standard text charges will apply.

 

This weeks finalist in the Face of Freedom 2012 is Ismail Ali

Posted onJanuary 20, 2012

This weeks finalist in the Face of Freedom 2012 is Ismail Ali

This weeks finalist in the Face of Freedom 2012 is Ismail Ali

Voting continues in the Face of Freedom modelling competition 2012.  The Dundee Channel interviewed all the finalists who were chosen at the auditions in Dundee Contemporary Arts. The interviews were held at the Maggies Cancer Care Centre at Ninewells Hospital Dundee as the proceeds from the fashion show that the competition culminates in will donate its profits to the charity. Now in its 4th year the interviews continue with 21 year old Ismail Ali from Dundee who is studying Economics at the University of Dundee. If Ismail gets your vote be sure to text “IA37″ to 0784 843 3424. 

Only one vote per mobile number, the competition organisers don’t make any money from the standard text message number and standard text charges will apply.

 

This weeks finalist in the Face of Freedom 2012 is Conor Ogg

Posted onJanuary 11, 2012

This weeks finalist in the Face of Freedom 2012 is Conor Ogg

This weeks finalist in the Face of Freedom 2012 is Conor Ogg

Voting continues in the Face of Freedom modelling competition 2012.  The Dundee Channel interviewed all the finalists who were chosen at the auditions in Dundee Contemporary Arts. The interviews were held at the Maggies Cancer Care Centre at Ninewells Hospital Dundee as the proceeds from the fashion show that the competition culminates in will donate its profits to the charity. Now in its 4th year the interviews continue with 19 year old Conor Ogg from Dundee who is studying English at the University of Dundee. If Conor gets your vote be sure to text “CO30? to 0784 843 3424. 

Only one vote per mobile number, the competition organisers don’t make any money from the standard text message number and standard text charges will apply.

 

Look back at 2011 – November

Posted onJanuary 9, 2012

Look back at 2011 – November

Look back at 2011 - November

Soon time for some new studio work but until then one of the last looks back at 2011 and the Face of Freedom 2012 auditions were held at Dundee Contemporary Arts in the Nethergate in November 2011.

This weeks finalist in the Face of Freedom 2012 is Ellis O’Connor

Posted onDecember 28, 2011

This weeks finalist in the Face of Freedom 2012 is Ellis O’Connor

This weeks finalist in the Face of Freedom 2012 is Ellis O'Connor

Voting has now begun in the Face of Freedom modelling competition 2012. Earlier in the month The Dundee Channel interviewed all the finalists who were chosen at the auditions in Dundee Contemporary Arts. The interviews were held at the Maggies Cancer Care Centre at Ninewells Hospital Dundee as the proceeds from the fashion show that the competition culminates in will donate its profits to the charity. Now in its 4th year the interviews continue with 19 year old Ellis O’Connor from Dundee who is studying at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. If Ellis gets your vote be sure to text “EO10? to 0784 843 3424. 

Only one vote per mobile number, the competition organisers don’t make any money from the standard text message number and standard text charges will apply.

 

This weeks finalist in Face of Freedom 2012 is Hannah Brown

Posted onDecember 21, 2011

This weeks finalist in Face of Freedom 2012 is Hannah Brown

This weeks finalist in Face of Freedom 2012 is Hannah Brown

Voting has now begun in the Face of Freedom modelling competition 2012. Earlier in the month The Dundee Channel interviewed all the finalists who were chosen at the auditions in Dundee Contemporary Arts. The interviews were held at the Maggies Cancer Care Centre at Ninewells Hospital Dundee as the proceeds from the fashion show that the competition culminates in will donate its profits to the charity. Now in its 4th year the interviews continued with 20 year old Hannah Brown who is studying Performance Arts in Dundee. If Hannah gets your vote be sure to text “HB12″ to 0784 843 3424. 

Only one vote per mobile number, the competition organisers don’t make any money from the standard text message number and standard text charges will apply.

 


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