Create Studios awarded funding for media project with English Heritage

By Nick Batten on 15 October, 2021

Create Studios has been awarded £74,000 through Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants for a new national project conceived and developed in Swindon. 

‘Making My Mark’ invites diverse young people aged 16 to 25 years old from across England to celebrate their personal identity and heritage through digital media production. The project will launch with ten young producers embarking on a journey to explore their heritage and discover inspiring stories to create a film piece that celebrates this.

Partnering with English Heritage’s Shout Out Loud programme, Create Studios will initially deliver training and mentorship to ten young people selected from across national partners to create their individual films to be exhibited in English Heritage venues next Summer. Their work will then go on to inspire young people across the country through an open call for young people to share their stories culminating in a premiere and launch of a national touring exhibition sharing over 200 digital stories. 

The goal is for young people to have a platform to celebrate their unique identity and heritage and engage with the rich history of English Heritage sites.

Create Studios is an award-winning production company capturing the heart of every story through Film, Photography and animation. Working regionally and nationally, Create Studios has a 35-year track record of delivering high-quality inclusion programmes and a heritage track record in engaging diverse communities and giving them a voice. It is acknowledged as “Outstanding” by Arts Council England as one of its National Portfolio Organisations. 

National Lottery Project Grants is the Arts Council’s open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations thanks to National Lottery investment. 

Shahina Johnson, MBE, Artistic Director of Create Studios said, “We are delighted that the support for Making My Mark will create the opportunity to extend our Talent Development work and social history practice through Making My Mark. To be able to work with English Heritage and a range of national media partners is fantastic, and of course it is all made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England”. 

Phil Gibby, Area Director, Arts Council England, South West, added, “We’re extremely pleased to award Create Studios CIC £74,000 through our National Lottery Project Grants funding programme for a new project with English Heritage, Making My Mark, thanks to National Lottery players. The project will give young creative people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to expand their skills in digital media production whilst giving them a major national platform to showcase untold stories creatively, in heritage settings.

“At the Arts Council, we believe in developing a professional cultural sector that generates new ideas across sectors, and nurtures talent from all communities, which is why we’re so thrilled to support this exciting project from Create Studios.” 

Making My Mark is now accepting applications from 16 to 25-year-olds to celebrate their story of personal identity and heritage through storytelling and film production.

Fill out this quick form to take part and become a young producer on the programme,