2011 Nov 15 By atomheartfather 0 comment

Today Darlington Borough Council announced it’s intention to close Darlington Arts Centre, the home of Darlington Media Group for 30 years. The buildings are to be sold to a developer, who is likely to want to demolish them and exploit the high value West End residential land. However, as part of the West End Conservation Area, this may prove difficult. The Arts Centre will continue in operation until July 2012, when it will close for good. In an email to users the council said: Recent information suggests that there is serious interest from companies who would buy the Arts Centre building..All…

2011 Nov 05 By atomheartfather 0 comment

The Media Group has, by any standards, had a pretty successful few years. In that time, we have more than doubled the number of people engaged in Media Group activities, both in the Media Workshop and in community projects around the town. To achieve this, we have more than doubled our turnover, on a reduced grant from the local authority. As we deliver such things as exhibition programmes, courses, and productions in which local people can take part and learn, we have always argued that this small annual grant of £15,000 represents excellent value for money for the council, not…

2011 Nov 04 By jasonberge 0 comment

The scene – a mass cycle ride in the Czech capital, Prague. I’m filming from the back seat of a cargo bike as other participants ride along with me. Suddenly one cyclist comes up to the camera. He recognises me from the screening of our film a few days ago in a city centre cinema. “Maybe next time in Darlington”, he declares with a strong continental accent and a broad grin on his face. The thought of these 4,000 or so cyclists riding through our small town certainly stirs the soul. Taking Darlington Media Group’s iconic film about stylish cycling,…

2011 Sep 12 By atomheartfather 0 comment

For the last hundred years the big organisational question has been whether any given task was best taken on by the state, directing the effort in a planned way, or by businesses competing in a market. This debate was based on the universal and unspoken supposition that people couldn’t simply self-assemble; the choice between markets and managed effort assumed there was simply no third alternative. Now there is.- Clay Shirky. Here Comes Everybody 2008 An intriguing convergence of circumstances is taking place in Darlington. After 30 years of council-managed arts, our local authority, in the face of devastating cuts to…

2011 Sep 08 By jasonberge 0 comment

The Darlington Film Club is going to show local short films in front of their feature programmes. A time-honoured tradition that has been lost to the multiplex and its money grabbing advertorials. Darlington Media Group is proud to be a part of this initiative. For more information check out the film clubs Facebook page    

2011 Sep 03 By atomheartfather 0 comment

Darlington Media Group’s recent documentary project Beauty and the Bike has received its 100,000th view this week on the project’s YouTube Channel. Less than two years after the launch of the project online, the 8 minute online version has been viewed around 78,000 times, whilst other shorts relating to the development of the project have been viewed over 22,000 times. The 8 minute film is now available on YouTube with Czech, Portuguese, Spanish, English and German subtitles, and the geographical spread of viewers is growing as a result. Around 22% of viewings have taken place in the UK, 15% in North…

2011 Aug 17 By jasonberge 0 comment

The following courses commence the week beginning Monday September 12th: The Art of Photography Digital Photography for Beginners Digital Photos –Reworked Shooting &Editing Techniques Advanced Shooting &Editing Techniques For more information please call (01325) 488 139 Check the Courses Calendar for up to date details on courses and other activities being run at the Media Workshop All DMG courses run as a rolling programme –you can join anytime! Courses on Demand As well as our advertised courses DMG tutors have a wide range of photography and digital media skills which means we can meet most training needs from entry level to advanced…

2011 Aug 02 By jasonberge 0 comment

The media workshop is back online. The phone lines have been sorted thanks to a swift response from the buildings team at the Darlington Arts Centre and BT. We also have a new addition to our computing line up thanks to a generous donation from a new member