Heartstone

Descendants of All Worlds


The Project - group activities

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1. Making the Exhibition

In this project, each group’s task is to create an exhibition or wall display. We ask groups to think of themselves as a picture desk receiving photographs from a photojournalist on location or as curators of an exhibition. He will be sending images and a brief description of the background to the whole story. He will also send brief notes on any specific images which need explanation.

 The group’s task will be to select the set of images which they feel best tells the story, honestly and accurately without distortion. They will not have space to use all the images and not all of the photographs present the story in the way they may want to see it presented.

 Before the group starts this activity, they will have to:

 a)     undertake background research connected to the story

 All Heartstone stories are designed to generate discussion and debate. Groups will use the pictures and background notes to do this before they start designing their exhibition. This will help them formulate ideas on what they feel is positive and negative in the context of  attitudes and behaviour. It is from these discussions that the content of the Heartstone Charter is produced which represents the thoughts and feelings of each group and what they have agreed on together. Background research involves using a variety of sources – newspapers, books, internet etc.

 b)    contact local experts

 As each story is discussed, the groups will find opportunities are presented to invite outside speakers who can give a valuable insight from a different perspective to add to the discussions which will also shape how the exhibition is constructed. These speakers may be many different people eg. police officers, councillors, MPs, specific organisations, parents from a particular location. This provides further input for addition to the exhibition.

 c)     discuss as a group, or in smaller groups, how they feel the story should be presented, what are its most important features

 d)    think about which set of images are going to be used in constructing the exhibition

 e)     work out how they will be presented and in which order using the guidelines provided on the training CD’s to select a centrepiece image, the ‘decisive moment’ etc. and using this website – the section under Hopscotch Photoeditors will carry details on each session carried out with them which will provide important input.

 f)     decide what other content the group are going to add which they think will enhance the presentation of this story eg. additional writing, poems, drawings and especially anything from their own experiences.

 g)    Add their own Heartstone Charter as a centrepiece – this is a document presenting the group’s conclusions as to what they feel is positive / negative behaviour in the context of each story and what they feel needs to be adopted in their own setting. Creation of the Charter may take several weeks and the final document will represent all those in the group.

 2. Using the Central DOAW Site

The central DOAW exhibition site is intended to reach a wider general audience with the stories which are changed approximately every two months. This may be a town hall, large community centre, central library, an art gallery or other venue in the area which can host the display site.

There may be space to add the local group contributions to this central display site. They  will also be able to see how we have told the story ie. with the central Hopscotch Photoeditors and see how it compares with their own presentation.

 3. New photostory ideas

As groups work with the Heartstone stories, they may find they come up with ideas for new stories which you they would like to see us cover. We can’t promise to do everything but we want to hear from groups with their ideas and why they feel they would be good subjects under the DOAW heading.

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