Raleigh Cycle wheels

Arts Council England and the BBC have selected thinkamigo to develop a mobile trail for a new digital arts media service called The Space.

This new pop up service will launch in May and run until the end of October 2012 to complement a summer of arts in the Olympic year.

Creative Director Paul Fillingham and Left Lion Writer James Walker have collaborated on the concept of a literary trail based on the work and life of Nottinghamshire Author Alan Sillitoe.

Live events including a cycle trail commemorating the 125th anniversary of Raleigh Cycles will provide content for the service that will be available across four digital media platforms: PC, mobile devices, tablets and connected TV.

“We are really excited about the prospect of giving a voice to Nottingham people through the project” says Creative Director Paul Fillingham.

The project has the support of the author’s son David Sillitoe and the Alan Sillitoe Memorial Committee who are currently raising funds for a commemorative statue for the city.

Locations include the Market Square, the former White Horse pub in Radford, Victoria Embankment, the former Raleigh factory site and Nottingham’s annual Goose Fair. Debate will be triggered by a quote from the book, around a specific theme at each location.

“We will be using five locations from the trail to discuss issues and themes raised in Sillitoe’s novel ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’ says Writer James Walker.

The project will culminate with the launch of an iPhone App and trail booklet entitled ‘Alan Sillitoe and the Art of Cycle Maintenance’. The trail will also make use of printed QR-codes to trigger playback of digital content on non-Apple smartphone devices.

The iPhone App will be illustrated by students from New College Nottingham.
“We will also include creative work collected from participants at workshop events and social media channels” adds Paul Fillingham.

Literary editor Wayne Burrows will assist with the production of the booklet and there will be a series of workshops involving Nottingham writers including; Christy Fearn, Al Needham, Andy Barrett, Nicola Monagham Ann Featherstone and Cathy Gindrod.

Througout the summer, the Space will increase the digital skills of the arts and cultural sector, ensuring they are at the forefront of emerging technologies and making their work more widely accessible. Other participants in the Space include, Shakespeare Globe Theatre, the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Bristol Old Vic, Tate Gallery and Birmingham Opera Company.


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