Preview – The Art Of… the Art Of…

Posted on: Friday 17 June 2022 3:06pm by Alison Stewart

The Art Of… sessions are some of the most popular that CMC offers each year. This year there are two live “Art Of… “sessions at The Crucible in Sheffield and two video presentations. people can watch at their leaisure. Alison Stewart regularly Execs the Art Of strand….

“The Art Of . . . “ sessions have been running at CMC since 2017.  These are not panel discussions, but are more informal mini-masterclasses, hosted by one or two experts, who talk about their career journeys, explain the scope of their current roles and give plenty of tips and takeaways for those interested to learn more or pursue a similar career.

Past sessions have included The Art of the theme tune”, The Art of working with puppets”, “The Art of animation storyboarding” and “The Art of play”.


The two live sessions are:

The Art Of  . . .  Young People’s Theatre (11am,  6 July in the Adelphi Room). Presenters are Vicky Ireland, MBE, FRSA, who is Chair of Action for Children’s Arts, and writer, producer and workshop leader Rachel Barnett-Jones.  As CMC packs out the Crucible Theatre, this Art Of . . .  is a timely reminder of the value of playmaking for young audiences and performers – and that we are a pan-platform Conference with delegates from many different fields. With that in mind, the session will also examine the different demands of writing for stage and for screen.

The Art Of . . .  Preschool (2pm, 7 July in the Adelphi Room). Want to know what works and what doesn’t work for preschoolers? Join this session where we hear from industry experts Lynsey O’Callaghan (Paramount) and Andy Mundy-Castle (Dochearts).  You’ll get their take on best practice in terms of writing and producing content for our youngest audience.  An enormous subject to tackle in less than an hour!


And on video:

The Art Of . . .  Narrative Gaming (CMC 2022 VoD). Presenter Chella Ramanan is a narrative designer at Ubisoft Massive and co-founder and narrative designer at 3-Fold Games.  She is committed to telling stories that elevate marginalised perspectives.  In this session she maps her career journey from games journalism to writing and designing narrative games and explains more about this specific type of gaming.

The Art Of… Audio: from Podcasts to Radio (CMC 2022 VoD). This video is hosted by Mark Strippel.  A former BBC broadcaster and Def Jam recording artist, Mark has been at the forefront of audio-visual content for young audiences for the past two decades.  As the Head of BBC Radio 1Xtra Mark shaped one of the most culturally relevant and influential platforms for 15-24’s.   Mark talks about why audio matters so much to him and why it’s an exciting time to be working in this field. He also introduces clips from well-known industry friends and colleagues who outline their personal routes into music and audio careers.


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Alison Stewart

Children’s Media Consultant, Executive Producer and Writer

Alison has worked in children’s media production for most of her career, twice at the BBC and also as a freelance Series Producer, BAFTA nominated director and script writer, producing content for ITV, Channel 4 and Sky in the UK. Her most recent role at the BBC was Head of… Read more