Post by Isobel Christian

We have exciting news: The Heritage Jam is back for another year of creativity and innovation at a brand new location!

This year the Heritage Jam will be partnering up with Leeds Museums and Galleries to relocate the Jam from the cobbled streets of York to the vibrant city of Leeds. This year the Jam will take place in the ever inspiring Leeds City Museum. 

This exciting new partnership and location allows for the expansion of the Jam and brings with it lots of exciting new possibilities for our participants. We hope that moving to this renowned heritage space, which is home to some fascinating collections, will inspire jammers to think outside the box, pushing heritage visualisation into exciting new territory.

[Leeds City Museum by Beverley Cottrell ]

[Leeds City Museum by Beverley Cottrell ]

So, what is the Heritage Jam, and how does it work? The Jam is a creative event centred around the visualisation of heritage where participants can work individually or in teams to create fabulous visualisations on a given theme. There are two elements of the Jam, an online section, which will run from the 18th of September to the 26th of October, and the in-person Jam, which will be held on the 27th and 28th of October. Check out our “about” pages for more information on the history and operation of the Jam!

In previous years the outcomes of the Jam have been exciting and hugely varied - ranging from fine art pieces, 3D models and games through to stories, sketches and videos - we are excited to see what our participants will create this year! The only limits within the Jam are the theme, time and your imagination! If you are hungry for inspiration take a look at our gallery spaces to see all the incredible things that past jammers have made.

[Discovering Eboracum by Valeria Cambule, Stephen Elliott, Patricia Smith, and Laura Varley. One of the 2015 entries, this image shows a visualisation of their app design.]

[Discovering Eboracum by Valeria Cambule, Stephen Elliott, Patricia Smith, and Laura Varley. One of the 2015 entries, this image shows a visualisation of their app design.]

The Jam allows people of all walks of life to participate, whether you work within the world of heritage, are a creative practitioner, or simply love heritage and want to have a crack at making something exciting. In the past we have had artists, animators, designers, programmers, archaeologists, historians, conservators, museum professionals and heritage practitioners involved - there is space for everyone and all types of creativity at the Jam.

Each year the Jam is revolves around a different theme. Past themes have included ‘Burial’, and ‘Museums and Collections’ (check out the outcomes from these themes in our gallery). The Heritage Jam 2017’s theme will be revealed on the 18th of September.

[Voices Recognition by Stuart Eve, Kerrie Hoffman, Colleen Morgan, Alexis Pantos, and Sam Kinchin-Smith. A 2014 entry for the theme ‘Burial’]

So what are you waiting for? Save the dates and join the conversation by following our Twitter and Facebook pages. We can’t wait to see what amazing new ideas this year brings!

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AuthorIan Kirkpatrick