BBC Blast Truck in Hull 31st August and 1st of September 2006

The BBC Blast Truck is being supported by the Ultralab team for a tour around the UK undertaking creative outreach work with young people.

The big grey trucks rolled into Hull and were situated in Hull College car park for a two day visit with extended hours. The truck acted as a drop in centre for young people wishing to experiment with digital creativity, dance, music and ethical fashion. Bookings were also taken though the BBC Blast website. The venue was run by Paul from Connexions Humber in association with the BBC. Sadly it rained for the duration of the visit.

I ran classes in clay animation, digital photography, silent movies and creating comics.


It was really nice to be back in Hull, this is not the first time I have worked within the Hull region. In 2004 I was part of the ‘International Certificate in Digital Photography’ (ICDC) project in association with Creative Partnerships Hull.

Back in 2002/3 I worked closely with Richard Millwood, Hamish Scott-Brown and Professor Stephen Heppell of Ultralab on the ‘Input CBBC’ project. We worked in Hull and the North of England region with schools, colleges and community centres to find out what television would be like if young people made it themselves. There is more information on the project on this website.

Weymouth Webcam installed at Lifeboat Station

Mark Constable, Richard Millwood and myself headed to Weymouth to install the web camera for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution)’s Lifeboats.TV project, run by Ultralab.

The project is near completion and the web camera will provide an eye for young people visiting the website to explore live images from a lifeboat station.
View some pictures taken at Weymouth Lifeboat Station on the day of the installation.
Some images from the event:

The project is really pioneering for the RNLI who are exploring with Ultralab how digital creativity technologies can be used to engage the younger audience with the work of the RNLI.

Lifeboats.TV Burnham on Crouch

The Lifeboats.TV team rolled into Burnham-on-Crouch today to begin the film research for the RNLI’s Lifeboats.TV website.
Thanks to all the team from Burnham involved in the pilot filming.
Burnham Image
Matthew Eaves (Ultralab)
Colin Elsey (Ultralab)
George Variopoulos (Ultralab)
From the initial footage, George Variopoulos made this initial film (it will take a while to load, but is worth the wait):
George’s Action Film: Play NowPlay in Popup