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Signals Game Academy 2024

27th February 2024 We are delighted to announce the return of the Signals Game Academy. The course begins on Monday 29th July 2024 and applications are open now.
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Peoples of Essex : engaging the topic of migration through digital media

19th June 2024
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Autism Friendly Digital Club

12th March 2024
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Peoples of Essex newsletter: A celebration of migrant stories

6th February 2024
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Signals Film School 2024

25th January 2024
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Digital Harwich

28th November 2023
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Peoples of Essex newsletter: Black History Month

26th October 2023
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Signals Game Academy Showcase 2023

25th September 2023 During the Summer of 2023 we held our Signals Game Academy course, helping to train and inspire the next generation of British game makers, supporting…
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Napoleonic Arcade Games at Jaywick Martello Tower

22nd June 2023
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Peoples of Essex – Project Launch

17th May 2023 Signals is proud to announce the launch Peoples of Essex, a three-year project identifying and representing the contribution made to Essex by migrant communities throughout…
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You Got This – Supporting Children’s Transition to Secondary School

17th May 2023 To support primary school students transition to secondary school Signals worked with students from Cressing Primary to explore their concerns and create an animated film…
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Signals Game Academy 2023

18th April 2023
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Plug In Symposium 2023

22nd February 2023
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Expression, Animation & Playful Creativity

24th January 2023
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Cross Curriculum iPad Filmmaking

17th January 2023 Plug In Creatives artist Maddie Exton recently completed her workshops as part of the scheme, where she delivered five workshops on film making to year 6 students…
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The Year in Review

22nd December 2022
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Neurodiversity and Digital Art

29th November 2022 Plug In Creatives artist Brad Rumble, has just completed his workshops as part of the scheme. Titled Introduction to 3D Modelling, the two workshops were…
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BFI Film Academy 2022

15th October 2022
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Plug In Creatives 2022 – Artist Announcement

30th September 2022 Discover the four artists who will be our 2022 Plug In Creatives, developing their skills in devising and delivering digital art education.
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BFI Film Club Ipswich 2022

6th September 2022
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Plug In Creatives

14th July 2022 Signals is excited to announce the launch of Plug In Creatives, an exciting opportunity for four creatives who work with technology to learn practical skills…
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Summer Holiday Workshops

15th June 2022
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Autism Friendly Creative Workshops for Young People

1st April 2022
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Creative Easter Workshops for Kids in Essex 2022

1st April 2022
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My Future: My Design

15th June 2021
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Communication Technology and the North Sea Flood

23rd March 2021
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RADAR at The Naze Tower

16th March 2021
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Talk Time Podcast

9th March 2021 In this brand new podcast series we’ll look at four exciting stories of communication technology in North Essex and talk to local experts about.
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Zooming into Schools – Teaching Remotely Online

14th December 2020
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Connect – An Interactive Artwork of COVID Communications

29th October 2020
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Looking for advice on how to fund your film?

28th September 2020
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BFI Film Academy 2020

30th July 2020
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Connect Open Call

24th July 2020
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Tendring’s Semaphore Experiments

1st July 2020
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Talk Time – Emergency Conversations along the Coastline

15th June 2020
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Free Online Animation and Video Game Making Guides

20th March 2020
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Game Academy Showcase 2020

10th March 2020
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Suffolk Through A Childs Eyes

13th February 2020
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BFI Film Academy 2019 Graduation

20th December 2019
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Peoples of Essex newsletter: December 2023

19th December 2019
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Signals Game Academy 2020

11th November 2019
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The Year of Creative Wildlife Workshops at Fingringhoe Wick

6th November 2019 12 months of creative wildlife workshops at Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve.
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Bit Time – How does tech affect the way we talk?

22nd October 2019
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The ‘Essex Girls’ Project

8th October 2019
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Digital Performance with Mercury Theatre

27th August 2019
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BFI Film Academy 2019

23rd July 2019
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Robot Building in Basildon

12th April 2019
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Autism Friendly Creative Digital Workshops

25th March 2019
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Winter Wildlife Video Game Masterclass

8th February 2019
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Bit Time Basildon – Tech, Talk and Tinker

1st February 2019
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BFI Film Academy 2018 Graduation

8th January 2019 Aimed at 16-19yr olds, Signals’ BFI Film Academy offers the next generation of film makers access to professional equipment, mentorship from industry professionals and the…
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Autumn Wildlife Podcast at Fingringhoe Wick

23rd November 2018 On Monday 8th October we toured Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve on the look out for Bats and Badgers.
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Signals is looking for new Trustees

1st November 2018 We’re looking for new volunteer Trustees with a variety of skills and experience who are interested in helping to develop the organisation.
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Free Autumn Workshops at Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

2nd October 2018 Join Signals this Autumn at Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve for a series of FREE creative workshops documenting the reserve through a variety of art forms…
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Express Yourself – Using Creativity to Improve Young People’s Wellbeing

18th September 2018 #ExpressYourself set out to help children feel more connected and included in their community, allowing them to make positive lifestyle choices. Over the past six…
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Autumn Wildlife Game Jam

17th September 2018
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Summer Wildlife Podcast at Fingringhoe Wick

20th August 2018 On Wednesday 18th July we celebrated World Listening Day by exploring Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve with our ears and microphones.
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BFI Film Academy 2018

13th July 2018 The BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16 –…
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Creative Wildlife Workshops at Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve

22nd June 2018
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#ExpressYourself at the Young Children’s Festival

21st June 2018 Signals is working with Colchester Libraries to encourage young people to #ExpressYourself and embrace creativity as a form of self-help and improved wellbeing – all whilst engaging more with…
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Making music with the Nightingales at Fingringhoe Wick

24th May 2018
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#ExpressYourself – The Five Ways to Wellbeing

17th May 2018 How do you #ExpressYourself? Signals is working with Colchester Libraries to encourage young people to embrace creativity as a form of self-help and improved wellbeing.
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Creative Digital Summer Holiday Workshops

11th May 2018
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Plug In: Digital Arts Festival – 2018 Summary

8th May 2018
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Plug In: Digital Arts Festival – 2018 Summary

8th May 2018 Throughout March 2018 we held Plug In: Digital Arts Festival, a series of events celebrating digital creativity from across the East Anglian region. Showcasing ways in which…
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#ExpressYourself Video Game Making

16th April 2018 In Easter 2018, we ran a video game making workshop as part of our #ExpressYourself project with Colchester Library and Carnegie UK Trust. Working with young people…
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Can you make a game in a day?

13th April 2018 Can you made a game in a day? This was the challenge we set ourselves at our “Game in a Day” workshop this Easter -…
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Plug In: SHOWCASE

7th April 2018 A FREE day of workshops, video games and live electronic music. Expect musical robots, live animation and even Roman Colchester in VR!
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Free Easter Holiday Workshops

30th March 2018
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Artist Development Announcement

1st March 2018 Signals identified clear opportunity for artists to use these skills to work with cultural and education partners to embed technology within their programme and/or curriculum…
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Plug In: SYMPOSIUM – Friday 9th March

22nd February 2018 As part of Plug In: Digitals Arts Festival, this one day symposium will include talks from leading digital artists and educators, plus hands on demonstrations…
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Concrete Legacy – The Murals of Henry & Joyce Collins

29th January 2018 Joyce Pallot’s and Henry Collins’s concrete murals are dotted across the town’s pedestrian subways. For the past two years, Pam Schomberg, chairman of Colchester in Bloom,…
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So You Want To Be A Game Designer?

18th January 2018 Video Game Design Resources
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2017 – A Year in Review

19th December 2017 2017 was another jam packed year of filmmaking, video games and animation for Signals. With our focus on creative digital learning, we wanted to share…
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Support Signals by Playing the Essex Lottery

5th December 2017 Want to help support Signals AND win up to £25,000? Buy a ticket to the The Essex Lottery, a fun and easy way to support…
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Accessible Filmmaking – A Children In Need Project

20th November 2017 With funding from BBC Children In Need, Signals has embarked on a three year project to deliver a series of practical film and animation workshops…
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Film editor Terry Rawlings on Blade Runner

10th October 2017 In 2012 we welcomed film editor Terry Rawlings to Signals to talk about his long career, including his work with Ridley Scott on Blade Runner…
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Halloween Half Term Workshops

3rd October 2017 October half term creative workshops.
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From Signals to Star Wars – Signals Alumni Jordan Feemster

19th September 2017 Just two years since graduating from the Signals BFI Film Academy, Jordan Feemster is now a trainee with Lucasfilm on the set of the upcoming…
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BFI Film Academy 2017

22nd August 2017
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Anastasia Alekseeva – Signals Alumni

1st August 2017 In this blog, audiovisual artist and former Signals volunteer Anastasia Alekseeva offers an intimate insight into her artistic practice and creative struggles.
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Happy 29th Birthday

14th July 2017 To celebrate our 29th birthday we’ve put together some of our favourite memories caught on camera from our 29 year history. From Anthony Gormley sculptures to…
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Roman Colchester Audio Tour

4th July 2017 Come and discover Camulodonum, the oldest recorded town in Britain; or as it is known today, Colchester.
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Summer Holiday Workshops and Courses in Colchester

27th June 2017 Summer Holiday Workshops and Courses in Colchester
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Digital Core – A Summary So Far

20th June 2017 Can you increase attainment in maths and literacy through video games and animation? With funding from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Signals is running Digital Core,…
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Ant Axten – Signals Alumni

6th June 2017 In this blog, talented photographer and former Signals volunteer Ant Axten writes about how creativity helped him back on track after his darkest times.
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Magical Spaces and Places

26th May 2017 Can filmmaking improve literacy skills? Our weeklong Magical Spaces and Places project in Southend set out to explore this idea by using their favourite places as…
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The man behind the screen – Q&A with David Sheldon Hicks of Territory Studios

9th May 2017 David is the co-founder of Territory Studio – a London/San Fransisco creative studio that specialises in motion, digital and graphic design for some of Hollywood’s…
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National Film & Television School Residential

2nd May 2017
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My Feral Heart – World Down Syndrome Day

21st March 2017 March 21, World Down Syndrome Day, is a fitting finale to My Feral Heart’s breakout big-screen success story. Director, and Signals collaborator, Jane Gull tells us about the…
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Digital Core – Stanway Primary

15th March 2017 Over the course of 8 weeks Signals visited a primary school in Stanway to deliver a series of tutorials, hands on workshops and challenges for a…
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Time Report – British Science Week

14th March 2017 To celebrate British Science Week, follow a time travelling news reporter through history as Perryfields Junior School explore how pollution changes our environment.
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Essex Witches – International Women’s Day – 2017

8th March 2017
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BFI Future Film Festival

7th March 2017 Millie Bennett, a BFI Film Academy graduate, shares her experience at the festival hosted by Signals. Workshops led by young filmmakers and insightful panels at…
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‘Best Documentary’ Nomination – Into Film Awards 2017

7th March 2017 Signals, in collaboration with students from Colchester’s Iceni Academy, is challenging stereotypes with their Essex Girls project. Using stop-frame animation, the group of eight to…
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BFI Academy – Graduation

7th February 2017 Over the past 13 weeks, Signals has hosted the BFI Film Academy, offering aspiring filmmakers aged 16-19 invaluable access to professional equipment, mentorship, and hands-on…
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Creative Digital Learning

20th January 2017 In 2017, Signals gears up for an exciting year with the launch of our new website and refreshed brand logo. This reflects our growing emphasis…
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BFI Academy – Production Day

21st December 2016 Wylie Queenan, a BFI Academy Student and Director, detailing his experience on set with his film crew. Wylie reflects on the challenges and rewards of…
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BFI Academy – Sound

9th December 2016 The BFI Film Academy provides a platform for young talents across the UK to immerse themselves in the film industry. In this week’s blog, Callum…
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BFI Academy – Editing Masterclass

6th December 2016 The BFI Academy opens doors for talented 16-19-year-olds nationwide, offering a pathway into the film industry. In this week’s guest blog, Millie Bennett reflects on…
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Digital Core at Sir Martin Frobisher Academy

2nd November 2016 For the past two months, Signals collaborated with the Enterprise class at Sir Martin Frobisher Academy in Jaywick, crafting a captivating animation featuring William Shakespeare…
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Dig Deeper – Colchester Roman Circus

10th September 2016 Signals’ Dig Deeper project united diverse youth to delve into Colchester’s Roman Heritage, culminating in an animation and app for the Roman Circus Visitors Centre.…
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Stanway Primary School Project

21st July 2016 In April to May 2016, Signals launched a transformative project at Stanway Primary School, blending arts and digital tech to enhance literacy. Through drama, animation,…
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I’ve had the pleasure of working on so many wonderful projects over the decades. Thought provoking, worthwhile and at times life changing Jane Gull – Film Director