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Creative Project: Studio Live: Platforms ** 5 Mar 2015 ** Lighthouse, Brighton

Resident Sophie Giblin positions her audience pieces during a Platforms workshop, December 2014


An inspiring day of talks on creating projects that thrive online.

For filmmakers and designers, musicians and developers, the web has become a key place to launch creative projects.

Platforms such as Kickstarter and Vimeo can be used to fund your idea, collect data and feedback, and build your audience. So how can creators make the most of this opportunity?

On March 5 Lighthouse will open out Platforms, a four-month programme supported by Creative Skillset as part of our on-going interdisciplinary Studio. An Earlybird discount on tickets is available until February 9 with the code ‘StudioLive2015’.

Join for a day of discussion and presentations, including lunch and refreshments. Featuring a line-up of guest speakers who will share their expertise on how to create projects that thrive online, this is also an opportunity to meet current Platforms residents. Working within the fields of film, art, design, sound and technology, they are all developing projects that use digital platforms to collaborate with communities and fans, raise funds, reach audiences, and distribute work. You can read more about them and their projects here.



Hugh Garry – Director, Storythings

Hugh worked for 15 years as Senior Digital Producer for BBC Audio & Music, leading digital and social strategy for Radio 1 and other BBC Radio projects, including Radio 1 Big Weekend and A History Of The World in 100 Objects. He has worked with Storythings on projects for Google Creative Labs, Diesel, Channel 4, and most recently developed and delivered the social strategy for Jon Ronson’s film Frank for Film4.

Storythings is a company established to experiment with new ways of telling stories, through consultancy and production on major projects with new and established talent; through events and annual conferences looking at storytelling in a wide range of contexts and media; and through a series of objects and publications produced with some of the most innovative storytellers around.

Sarah Ellis – Head Of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company

Sarah Ellis is an award winning producer currently working for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2013 she was listed in the top 100 most influential people working in Gaming and Technology by The Hospital Club. In partnership with Google, she recently produced Midsummer Night’s Dreaming. In 2012, she produced myShakespeare for the World Shakespeare Festival. In 2011, she was the producer of the RSC’s Adelaide Road, which mixed live performance with an app and website map.

Miranda Fleming – Head of UK Film & Creative, Indiegogo

At Indiegogo, Miranda is responsible for the film and creative campaigns in the UK, working with filmmakers and other creative practitioners to support their projects and campaigns, and help them to use crowdfunding effectively alongside new models of distribution. Miranda will prove that it’s not just about the money, and will show us how crowdfunding has become the best way to build an audience online.

Kirsty Jennings – Business Director, Blast Theory

Blast Theory is renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists’ groups using interactive media, creating new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting. At Blast Theory, Kirsty recently led a hugely successful campaign on Kickstarter to fund their new app Karen. Hear Kirsty talk about how artists can use crowdfunding to get experimental projects made.



Elhum Shakerifar and May Abdalla – The Plunder

An investigation of the plundering of historic sites in war-torn Syria, the illicit trade of antiquities, and the funding of fighter groups.

Sophie Giblin – Nice To Meet You

A series of exhibitions and a global social network of artists and creatives.

Simon James and Neil Cargill – Akiha Den Den

Voices and music from the inhabitants of an abandoned amusement park: Akiha Den Den.

Sophie Lucas – From the Plantation to the Penitentiary: Maintaining The Slave Trade in Obama’s America

A social justice filmmaking initiative, involving young African-American people in leadership, self-empowerment and the creation of a major creative social change.

After the daytime event, join in the Progress Bar, a new monthly night, that offers insight into the creative practices of contemporary culture’s most exciting names. The March guests are acclaimed artist and musician TCF, and writer, editor and film curator Basia Lewandowska Cummings, who will share their work across contemporary art, music, technology and journalism, through talks and performance for more info visit ,



Date: Thursday 5 March 2015

Times: Studio Live 11am-6.30pm (Progress Bar 6.30–10pm)

Venue: Lighthouse, 28 Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ

Tickets (includes lunch): daytime £15 full price / £12.50 concession, daytime and evening £17.50 full price / £15 concession

Earlybird £2.50 discount until February 9 with the code ‘StudioLive2015’

Buy tickets now on Eventbrite


via Studio Live: Platforms — Lighthouse.

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