Launch of a digital art training center in Dagenham

1:55 p.m. March 21, 2022

A training center has been created to provide people with the opportunity to learn skills in digital art and filmmaking.

The Digital Arts and Culture (DAC) project aims to provide entry-level training, support and facilities to people with no previous experience and start-up start-ups for online business, cultural, social and artistic projects.

The centre, at Yew Tree Avenue, Dagenham, will provide training for residents of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham and Redbridge.

Created from a partnership between community organizations Positive Action through Creativity and J-Go Media, the center also includes studio and editing facilities, equipment rental and development support.

Jon Hems, Director of J-Go Media, said: “We have all witnessed the growth of online businesses and cultural platforms over the past decade.

“With smartphone cameras, LED lights and free software now available, ordinary consumers can now become online creators.

“The DAC project will enable local people to acquire new professional skills and explore new opportunities for online business, social and cultural start-ups.”

The second phase of the program, which will see fundraising for it take place over the next six months, will add a second studio, vlogging stations and support facilities that will be available for rent or free to residents through grants.

Cllr Darren Rodwell, leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, welcomed the new scheme.

It comes after Los Angeles property investors Hackman Capital Partners decided to build film studios in Dagenham.

Eastbrook Studios has seen Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth film there before.

When completed, Barking and Dagenham Council claim Eastbrook will create 1,200 jobs and contribute £35m a year to the local economy.

Cllr Rodwell said: “We have been spectacularly successful in attracting investment from world-class film studios to Barking and Dagenham which will create thousands of professional jobs and training opportunities for young locals.

“But the opportunities for business, art and cultural expression online are now available to everyone.

“This new project is part of our plan to ensure that all local residents have the opportunity to learn new skills for the 21st century economy – and that no one is left behind.”

The project will also undertake commissions for public and private sector organizations to improve the impact of their online marketing, as well as create opportunities for work experience and academic internships.

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