Meet the team: Barne Barton Digital Map

The new Barne Barton Digital Map has been developed by Young Creative Directors: Brendan Sinnott, Bridey Borda, Kaytie Thomas, Nathan Daniel & Chelsea Biddle with the support of Project Facilitator: Rachel Dobbs.

Go to to take a look and explore the area.

Throughout the project, the Young Creative Directors team have worked with a range of specialists to help bring their ideas to life…

Project Lead & Facilitator : Rachel Dobbs

Project Lead & Facilitator : Rachel Dobbs

Rachel worked with the Young Creative Directors group across the whole project — from offering suggestions on planning & project management, to facilitating decision-making & commissioning creative professionals to work on the project. Rachel facilitated weekly group meetings at the Youth Drop-in session for 11–17-year-olds.

Rachel is an artist & educator based in Plymouth who has a long-term interest in creative approaches to using simple technology & experimental teaching methods, for learning & development projects with a range of different communities.
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Lead Geospatial Technologist: Shaun Lewin

Lead Geospatial Technologist: Shaun Lewin

Shaun was invited into the project by the Young Creative Directors so that they could better understand mapping techniques & technology - running a QGIS training session for the group & exploring ideas around how / what the Creative Directors might want to highlight during their mapping of the area.

Shaun is Plymouth University’s GeoMapping Unit’s Geospatial technologist, supporting staff and students in the analysis and representation of spatial data. Shaun also creates conventional and interactive maps, time series animations and data visualisations for publication.
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Assistant Geospatial Technologist: Kate Booth

Kate was invited to work on the project by Shaun, who felt she would be able to assist the group in collecting and processing GIS data. Kate worked with the Young Creative Directors to organise & digitise information gathered via paper maps, conversation and observations by residents of Barne Barton.

Kate is a third year (BSc) Ocean Exploration student at Plymouth University who hopes to continue into postgraduate education and training to develop a career in GIS.

Development: Tom Platten-Higgins

Tom was invited into the project by the Young Creative Directors to translate the GIS information the group collected into an online interactive map. He worked to a brief set by the group, offering ideas about how the final map might look & feel, and working on the technical details of web development needed to get the map up and running.

Tom is a multimedia developer working for a range of international clients from his base in Plymouth. He works on interactive digital experiences for events, museums and visitor centres and on online games, tools and software for companies like the BBC.
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Illustration: Christopher Mayoh

Chris was invited to work on the project by Tom who felt his illustration style would compliment the Young Creative Directors’ ideas for how the new Barne Barton map should look. Chris used the stories recorded by residents of Barne Barton to generate the icons used on the map.

Chris is a co-director of Plymouth-based Mutant Creative - a creative agency with a passion for bespoke branding, motion graphics and web experiences. He is an experienced Art Director for a range of projects, including online games and digital & interactive brand identities.
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Project Producer: Beth Emily Richards

Beth supported the delivery of the project from start to finish — identifying Barne Barton residents who would be interested in becoming Young Creative Directors, brokering relationships between all parties involved and ensuring that the project ran smoothly.

Beth Emily Richards is an artist and producer based in Plymouth (UK) who works with Take A Part - a socially engaged contemporary art organisation that works with communities to co-commission and co-create contemporary art in order to risk-take, provoke and engage communities to establish and respond to local agenda and need.
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For more information on how the project was developed, see our behing-the-scenes post here…

The Barne Barton Digital Map project is supported in partnership by Take A Part & Tamar View Community Centre and funded by Arts Council England & BBRoots.