A BRAND-new project between Signal Film and Media and Cumbria Development Education Centre (CDEC) that aims to share the community’s tales is launching this month.

Discovered Stories, Shared Communities launches on May 18 and aims to bring together Cumbrians from ages ten onwards to celebrate the diverse stories, cultures, languages and ways of looking and being “Cumbrian” through creative activities.

Five sessions will be hosted safely at Cooke’s Studios in Barrow and a further five workshops for participants in and around Workington will be delivered online via Zoom.

There are 12 available spaces on each of the free courses with the aim of creating work which will be hosted as part of a permanent online exhibition on CDEC’s website.

The two-year project is run by CDEC and funded by the Big Lottery Community Fund.

Participants will work together in pairs or small groups to workshop ways to uncover stories and reactions to the county as a home and create a stop-motion animation, a spoken word-type of activity such as a song or poem that can be translated into another language or through photography and digital artwork.

The workshops will all be family-friendly so that everyone can contribute to the permanent online exhibition.