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Name: Beth Davidson
Address: Stanley House, 45 Haughton Green, Darlington, DL1 2DD
Occupation: Arts Project Manager and Visual Media Producer, specialising in community and skill development, in areas of regeneration with all age groups and visual arts media contexts.

Skills: Photography. Digital imaging. Digital video and editing. Website design. DVD and CD authoring. Interactive Powerpoint presentations. Poster & leaflet design. Large scale visual installations. Community & youth engagement.

DOB: 7th July 1969 Age last birthday: 38

Full Driving Licence.

Current Enhanced CRB Check

Employment:
1990 – 1992 Freelance Photographic Worker
1992 – 1999 Photographic Worker, North Kesteven District Council, Lincolnshire
1999 – 2002 Photographic Development Officer, North Kesteven District Council

2002 - 2006 Visual Digital Artist, Durham City Arts

May 2006 – Present: Freelance Digital Media Producer

Qualifications:

O Levels Art, Biology, Maths, English
A Level Art
Cert. Ext Ed. Sports Science, English
City and Guilds Professional Photography
CLAIT, Business Studies
1 year HND Digital Media Studies

Associateship: Cornerstone Strategies. Website link

Clients:

Durham City Council. Durham County Council. Darlington Borough Council. Sedgefield Borough Council. Durham City Arts. Teesdale District Council. Helix Arts. Youth Inclusion Service. The Chambers, London. Durham County. Durham University. Northumbria University. Age Concern. Durham Artists Forum. 12 Villages Network, Durham.

 

Commissions


December 2002 – January 2004 Creative Coalfield Information Technology Project, Durham City SRB6 and Durham City Arts.

Role with Organisation: Digital Visual Artist Outline: A long-term project working with 12 Coalfield villages around Durham City, developing skills and awareness of information technology as a creative medium.

February – April 2003 Sherburn Road Theatre Project
Role with Organisation:
Video Artist and workshop leader Outline: A collaboration between a Drama Worker, Digital Sonic and Visual Artists to create a performance with young people on a housing estate in Durham City. Participants were taught skills in drama, set design, Djing, sound sampling, digital photography and video. The performance was presented to the community at the end of the project.

August – September 2003 Durham Literature Festival
Role with Organisation: Video Artist and workshop leader Outline: Collaboration between a Drama Worker, Digital Sonic and Visual Artists to create a performance with young people from two youth groups in the Durham Area. Using the theme of ‘Horror’ the youth groups devised a piece of drama that was complemented with sound samples and video projection. The performance was showcased at the Gala Theatre as part of the Durham Literature Festival.

June – July 2004 Film Making project at Cheveley Park Primary School, Durham,
Role with Organisation: Video Artist Outline: To develop skills in digital video making and facilitate the process of creating a film from a story devised by pupils. The production was premiered to parents, pupils and school staff at a special evening.

January 2004 Durham Visioning project
Outline: Working with Cornerstone/The Chambers since 2003 on the Durham Visioning portfolio of projects. Contracted originally as recorder for the Voices of Durham ‘archetype’ creative community engagement, I stepped out from behind the camera in 2005 and began working on concept development within the Cornerstone team: brainstorming, recording and helping implement the engagement methodology that led to the creation of the Durham Necklace Park.

March 2004 Learning Skills Partnership photographic commission
Outline: Commissioned by Durham City Arts to create a series of photographic images for a report taking place in the City. After developing the theme with Durham City Arts, I used the City’s ‘What’s On’ guide and a local man’s journey exploring this guide, as the story for the images.

January 2005 Sensory Trail Project
Outline: Involved as manager, digital photographer and sound recorder, the ‘Sensory trail’ is creating a new CD and leaflet that will establish a circular cycle route encompassing three villages near Durham. The CD contained sounds and stories recorded from community workshops with schools and village groups. This project is funded from the 12 Villages Network and Northern Rock Foundation.

April 2005 - April 2006 Fowlers Yard Artists Workspaces Manager - Part Time
Outline: Employed by Durham City Arts to manage the Fowlers Yard artist workspaces in the City on behalf of Durham City Council. Weblink

July 2005 - October 2005 Radio Home Front Recall Project - Outline: A collaboration of video projection, sound sampling and drama, based on the importance of radio during the Second World War. This intergenerational project involved over 80 young people in three villages and schools in Durham City. My role was Production Manager, Video Artist and DVD production editor. I worked alongside a drama director and sound artist in each of the villages, with the young people developing skills in video and photography production. The project was showcased at the Gala Theatre, Durham.

September 2005 - Outline: Intergenerational digital photography and manipulation course at Wheatley Hill Community Centre I.T. Suite. An Age Concern project working with younger and older members of the village to create a digital photographic banner for display in the new extension of the centre.

January - February 2006) Outline: Youth Audio / Visual Project working with the County Youth Inclusion Service to engage a youth group who are classed as at risk of offending, in video and sound production to create a projection piece for a Youth Music showcase event at the Gala Theatre.

February - November 2006 Role: Project Manager. Rain from the Hometown Chinese elderly project in Durham. Outline: Commissioned by Durham City Arts, I was the manger and photographer for a £60,000 Heritage Lottery Fund project to create a bi-lingual book, video and exhibition, launched at the Oriental Museum in Durham. The purpose was to capture the history and experiences of immigrant elderly Chinese to the North East region and explain to the wider community their traditions, beliefs and the heritage they brought with them. The project also involved co-ordinating creative workshops with local young members of the Chinese community, who produced a video showcase using the oral histories of the elderly group.

August 2006 - November 2007 Outline: The Durham Necklace Park was the first project to come out of the 2020 Durham City Visioning process. Working with Cornerstone Strategies, I developed aspects of awareness and capacity building for the park, with a role to engage young people and local communities.

My responsibilities grew to Assistant Producer of ‘Mapping the Necklace’, a four day event along the 12 mile stretch of the
Necklace Park and a showcase for a major regional design festival, Designs of the Times 07 (Dott 07). As Assistant Producer it was my task to coordinate and produce 20 films representing a selection of mapping process and a documentary of the concept, that were displayed on giant interactive screens at the Dott 07 Design Festival at Baltic Square in Gateshead.

Link to Mapping the Necklace videos

Mapping the Necklace website

Dott 07 website

Other interests
Until recently I represented and captained Great Britain and England fencing squads and achieved Commonwealth gold and silver medals. I continue to work with the fencing governing body as a selector and under 20’s manager, developing aspects of the sport during the run up to the London 2012 Olympics.

Motorcycling.