A session for new freelancers
31 Jan 2015


It’s the 8th year of this event at the BFI in London; giving 16-25 year olds practical tips and creative inspiration for their lives in film. And we’ll be giving a session on Sat 21st Feb at 11am in LS2;

A Freelancer’s Guide – Building, Managing and Succeeding in the Creative Media Industries
Practical and empowering information vital for those starting out in the creative and media industries. From how to do it to who’s doing it great, from finding a mentor to how to stay sane when juggling it all.

CLICK HERE for all the other sessions taking place over the weekend


Training the future oral historians
13th October 2014

We’ve been supporting the community project in Finchley: A heritage initiative which also celebrates the tenth birthday of

Much research, working with artists and impressive of all – spending time with a group of 10 teenagers who in no time became expert oral historians. They are ready to go off and train others, no doubt about that.


Music in Barking & Dagenham
21 May 2014 

Thanks to Sound Connections, we’ve been extending our networks in the music education sphere in east London. London Borough of Barking & Dagenham have asked us to devise a development plan to include prospects and local intelligence and a bid to ACE for local mentoring opportunities.

Their involvement in Remix the Mix has served as excellent inspiration.


A year has passed
17th Feb 2014

It’s been more than 12 months that there’s been any news posted and that’s because there has been an intentional break.
But now The Original Ranch is back concentrating on new contracts (and with new small people in the world).
Sound Connections is the leading music education organisation in London and we are helping them in a fundraising capacity to continue their incredible development.

And on the back of the success of last year’s east end heritage project:
We have a new one to manage: Childhood games, oral histories, BAME groups.


Leading Uncovered – Original Role Models Showcase Online
Dec 18th, 2012

On the 5th day of Christmas we did not receive 5 gold rings…however we did receive a wonderful showcase of 5 inspiring women and their role models, which was in turn produced by some inspiring young women: Juno Calypso providing the photography and Estelle Morris producing the illustrations. Immerse yourself here

We hope it leaves you feeling ready to take on the world, and perhaps thinking about who could inspire you to get there. Happy Holidays Ranchers – see you in 2013!

Leading Uncovered – Deconstructed
Dec 6th, 2012

The Leading Uncovered series is coming to a close, and we here at The Original Ranch are feeling ready to take on the world! From hearing the journeys of some amazing inspirational women, including Jules Wright, Director of the Wapping Project, to Wendy Breakall, a music executive who has also set up a coaching service. From deconstructing the concept of followers to how to be mentor and mentee (at the same time). From hearing about your role models to hearing others extol the virtues of their, it’s difficult not to feel that fire in your belly which will not be subdued until you are doing what you are passionate about. If you missed out, fret not, as both recordings of the sessions and the materials are all available to stream or download here

Of course, our work is not quite yet finished. During these talks and workshops, we have been capturing some of the awe-inspiring, multi-tasking, job-juggling individuals, and have been asking them about their role models, all in pictorial format. Keep checking to see when it goes up. Don’t say we don’t spoil you…

Leading Uncovered – Walking the Wire
Nov 23rd, 2012

Our third and final event, in partnership with our friends at The Underwire Festival, is tomorrow. Not an entry point into circus performance, more a deep dive into the world of creatives – who they are, how they (can) work, and how to meet them. Join us tomorrow at The Ritzy, Brixton from 1 pm onwards – it’s free!

Leading Uncovered – Podcasts Online
Nov 16th, 2012

We have been extremely busy at the Original Ranch, and here’s why – the podcasts from the first two Leading Uncovered events are live!

We discuss evaluation methodology, cover lessons from high achievers and continue the debate on the fledgling concept of followership. You can stream or download and listen (that’s the washing up distraction sorted). Let us know your thoughts and add your opinion @originalrancher

The Power of the Follower
Nov 7th, 2012

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”— Edith Wharton

Our talk at the Future Gallery unpicked this concept – as part of Courvoisier’s #thefutureseries.
Cocktails flowed and discussion was rife. We also got the audience a little silly and got some blanks filled in…

Actual: From Gandhi to Mandela, from the American patridot to the Polish shipbuilders, ethe makers of revolutions have not come from the top….

Presentation and audio up on the site so0n. In the meantime, ten pictures depicting A Day in the Life of Olivia Bellas.

Leading Uncovered – The Business Builder
Oct 29th, 2012

The planning for the second event in our Leading Uncovered series is well underway, and we thought it would be worth sharing a few tidbits ahead of it. Titled The Business Builder, it aims to lay the foundations towards building a successful career in the creative and cultural sectors. We’ll be running an interactive session on the value of role models and mentors as well as doing our best to make evaluation sound appealing. Not everyone’s idea of fun times, but definitely essential to keep track on how you’re progressing and how to make it all better.

Attendees will receive a voucher entitling them to a package of training and one to one business coaching worth a minimum of £400! Register for a free ticket here

Leading Uncovered – Why be a leader when you can be a follower?
Oct 5th, 2012

We’ve been invited to present a session at Courvoisier’s London HQ as part of the the Future Series for CVTF500 and exploring concepts of Leadership and Followership is what we’ll be stirring up with our audience. Coincidentally, the event falls on the 5th of November, a night to commemorate the foiling of a plot to assassinate the leaders of our nation state in 1605. More recently, the mask of Guy Fawkes’ become the symbol of Occupy London, a movement which was led from within, by everyone involved. It got us to thinking whether the idea of one leader, many followers, is an outdated one, and if the word still stands as a powerhouse on CVs. In our various guises, we lead and follow simultaneously – is being better at following a stronger trait in the 21st Century?

If you’re a member of CVTF500, register through the LinkedIn group, or if not, fret not, as a post-event podcast and blog post debunking both concepts will follow shortly after the 5th of November

Leading Uncovered – Our new initiative is kicking off
Sep 7th, 2012

It’s arrived, we have made way in the schedules, and now we are shaping this project. We are taking a look at the creative industries and how women work within it. How to juggle being self-employed, how to manage life’s other responsibilities, best ways of leading? Partnerships being developed. More coming…

Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC) – Digital Learning & Evaluation
Aug 8th, 2012

Supporting the work of TFCC has given us some good perspective – really taking a look at the digital arts & culture landscape from all angles, rather than practitioner only. Nesta’s Digital R&D Fund is what’s being looked at.

Reply to: PO Box 49 – Evaluating a theatre show about love
July 29th, 2012

Interactive theatre is not everyone’s bag but this one went down well with a broad mix of people. The show was produced by Curious Dave productions and to sold out audiences in a former 18th century nursing home in south London. Our evaluation has been extensive and most exciting was the full set of responses from the ‘I Feel’ cards…

Sheffield DocFest/EEFF – Filmsville
June 13th, 2012

We LOVE festivals that take over a city. That it becomes THAT for a few days and completely surrenders. First visit to Sheffield definitely had that feeling with DocFest. We’ve been working with East End Film Festival this year to set up and programme their bar at the festival – at the personality-full, basement venue of Penelope’s. There were interesting cocktails made, film scratching animation workshops and ping pong tables. As it should be. The highlight was ‘Searching for Sugarman‘. The most beautiful film.

MyStreet Trailer
May 25th, 2012

The deadline has passed and next it’s the exciting part of watching and reviewing the films, organising the screening at and watching the trailer. Again.

Young Actors Theatre (YATI) – Next step for the business…
April 22nd, 2012

This theatre based in Islington has been going strong for 40 years – classes and productions for 2-24 yr olds.  We’re excited to be taking on a long term contract to assess new income streams for the business, make best use of the array of resources and create and implement new strategies for interns, events and more.

Run Riot – Future Excitement
March 1st, 2012

Business planning is a pleasure. Sit down with your client  – extract their vision – shape the future plan – chuck out all the tired stuff – add all the possibility. Revise. Revise again. Biscuit break. This is something we are currently doing with the wonderful Run Riot – a listing of cultural happenings in and around London. Many exciting plans ahead.

MyStreet – Your Story Told Trough Film
February  16th, 2012

Once again we are working on MyStreet which is making us happy.
This is an ever evolving archive of films created by all of us and linked to a map.
The Original Ranch is leading on fundraising, operational structure and overall development strategy.

Watch films that have been made
Create a film about ‘your street’
Submit your film, share it and enter the annual competition – deadline May 8th

7 Portraits – Since 7/7
January 5th, 2012

The set of photographers commissioned for the London Transport Museum are completed. What a nice start to the  new year to see a project have a neat bow tied around it. Or maybe we can untie it one day again and see where else it can go. Thank you photographer Francisco Serrano and LTM community curator Jen Kavanagh.
More about the project and see all images HERE

December 5th, 2011

Margate gets even more of a facelift. It was recently announced that the Heritage Lottery funding bid has been successful to resurrect ‘Dreamland’ – there’s no denying those last 3 words sound beautiful. Dreamland started life as a pleasure garden in the 1880’s and morphed into a mega amusement park until arson and it’s closure about ten years ago. The Save Dreamland Campaign has been going strong from then until now and vintage rides and memories of bygone times will be available once more from 2013.

This, aswell as The Turner ContemporaryThe Greedy CowBoutique Hotels, Sunday Vintage Market… Margate’s regeneration is all systems go. And let’s not be bitter about changing faces – this is a good thing.

November 10th,  2011
An Arts Education
There was an interesting talk a couple of weeks ago that pricked our ears and narrowed our eyes. DACS – the not-for-profit visual arts rights management organisation, hosted a talk ‘What are we Worth?’ in exploration of the value of artists within the economy. A need for collaboration to feel more united and knowledgeable and to create a sense of self worth was the main area of discussion. And interesting that the motto inscribed atop the speakers platform read ‘To thine own self be true’.

The full session can be heard HERE

What stood out was the artist Bob and Roberta Smith’s campaign fighting current cuts in education within the arts. His letter to education secretary Michael Gove, sums it up well.  If we plan to remove art and design GCSE’s from the curriculum in favour of the ebac, do we create a nation of individuals with no understanding of how to create, who will receive a non-liberal education, which can only be accessed by expensive weekend workshops? And what happens to all the art teachers anyway?

Bob and Roberta Smith also says: “Your Government has whittled Britain’s once diverse, varied culture of schools of Art to just 12 institutions. This reduction is a disaster for British design, British commerce, British Art and Britain’s ability to compete in the world. Does Britain’s image mean nothing to you? Your reforms will cripple future British design. In advance of your reforms Roehampton University has withdrawn its courses training art and design teachers, this is disgraceful.”

And Tracey Emin’s University of Creative Arts Story

This year’s education white paper is a devastating attack on public education. The NUS backed yesterday’s national demonstration to defend education against privatisation. Tax the banks, the war, cut trident… just don’t hit the students is the message. So with the arts as a subject being left to the priveleged few, it seems further education in general, is too.

September 29th, 2011

Well done Alpha-ville
Talented and lovely people to work with, an incredible programme, sold out events.  Come next year for something a bit post digital.

August 15th, 2011
The Depot
Responses collected, location research been carried out for the Since 7/7 project. The London Transport Depot in Acton is confirmed. The perfect place to geek out with photographer, Francisco Serrano.

July 21st, 2011
Your tube journey
Our next commission for the London Transport Museum is about your responses to your tube journey since 7/7. We’re asking ‘What is your security blanket?’ One response talked about a keychain symbolising the Hindu monkey god Hanuman…
Get the full low down here and leave your comment.

May 25th, 2011
Animated Words
We’ve just completed an animation for the London Transport Museum. Talk about kinetic typography! In collaboration with the wonderful artists Claire Mason and Rachael Tremlett. It will show at visitor centre as well as form part of their 2012 exhibition and no audio is intentional…Click on the image to launch video.

April 20th, 2011
New Ranch
We have re-located to the wonderful Fitzroy House in Dalston. We share with amazing people and have our very own roof garden at Bootstraps. Good times.

March 8th, 2011
Hello Women!
It’s International Women’s Day today. We are celebrating by teaching women politics (and eating cake). This follows on from the Politics Uncovered project we kickstarted late last year. This snap shot from our pocket size flyers show’s it shockingly as it is.

Feb 15th, 2011 Community Payback Choosing to invest in your community or being nominated to do so most likely deliver varying results. Did you know you can nominate a local project to have offenders do some work for you in your area? This is the basis of Community Payback. As well as this coming under recent scrutiny, it’s also a striking visual in the TV Series: Misfits. We await series 3. Dec 16th, 2010 Re-charging So it’s been an exciting year for the ranchers – take a proper look at our work tab which drops down to give you all the stuff we’ve been getting up to in all the different areas. Most recently, the Politics Uncovered film and event has been doing it’s thing and spreading the word far and wide. In terms of fun stuff, our Dec image is all about the chicks and we might roll with this throughout January given we’ll be out of the country and re-charging our juices. Essential really, back in action in Feb 2011. Nov 19th, 2010 How cutting It’s a bit like someone taking a knife to your throat – these arts cuts. They’re still there and the subject has come up in every meeting this week. Yes, let’s pls explore alternative funding sources –  totally up for that and the change it will bring. But don’t just do this to us all so suddenly. Nov 4th, 2010 New homepage image! A nod to Henry Horse being so busy all last month… What started as a self-imposed assignment to get the creative juices flowing ended up as an exhibition of 100 cardboard horses in an LA art gallery. Simple but lovely to look at and step by step instructions on Ann’s website if the urge takes you to make your own.

Oct 27th, 2010
Follow the lips…
…to the event that will teach you all the basics to politics. The interviews with local women are done, and the film is on it’s glorious way – first screening will be at the Women’s Library, at the event itself. Oh and how random that today’s stylist declared the female shadow cabinet as all rather beige. In fashion terms we believe.

Politics Uncovered Press Release 271010

Oct 1st, 2010 Politics Uncovered: An Introduction to UK Parliament, Government and Democracy for Women
We’re rocking and rolling and as we speak, we’re drawing up briefs for the event and the short film taking place later this year. We’re keen to hear women’s views on politics as well as exploring themes of empowerment and community participation – if you live in Hackney or Tower Hamlets, get in touch with us to get involved. Go on!

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