Riverside Studios – Activity Plan and Interpretation Plan
NLHF Heritage Grant
Riverside Studios in London has an almost eccentric approach to the visual arts – from its conception as a cutting edge performance space, through to international cinema and television production. The studio had over decades amassed a collection of production notes, scripts, recordings and photographs from pivotal moments in British culture. During a period of major redevelopment for the Studios, these collections were collated and processed, with an ambitious aim, to make them available and accessible to the public for the first time. Tricolor were appointed by Riverside Studios in September 2016 as specialist consultants for the project’s Activity Plan and Interpretation Strategy, as part of the Round Two submission to the NLHF.
The Interpretation Strategy was based on workshops, audience consultation, a collections review and conversations with staff from Riverside Studios and Riverside TV Studios. From this, key themes were established and ran throughout the NLHF funded project, linking in a number of storylines that drew upon the rich history and heritage of the organisation. This strategy, alongside the Activity Plan, focused on understanding the needs and interests of both current and potential audiences. The Studios had a firm commitment to engaging more actively with local people, helping the organisation to reveal the stories, memories and artistic journey of the organisation to a wider audience whilst also getting their perspective on the experience.
The Activity Plan was developed in close collaboration with the team responsible for the management of Riverside Studios and in consultation with 455 visitors and non-visitors, 10 schools, 10 HE institutions and 15 representatives of key local organisations representing thousands of residents. The plan was developed to include outreach and informal learning activities and experiences, with a diverse live arts programme, heritage-themed events and a volunteering programme, highlighting the rich story and unique qualities of Riverside and its contribution to the arts in the UK.
Project Inception - Identify Target Audiences
Completion of Activity Plan & Interpretation Strategy
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21 January 2022