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Digital Storytelling

Digital stories are a form of self-portraiture made at a particular point in time. They are grounded in autobiography and memory. It is a creative and technical process. They assist in making sense of the world. The subject tells their own story, with voiceover, sound, music, images and text. We all have stories, the challenge is working out which story to tell. Stories are crucial to our individual, communal and cultural identity.

Three-day intensive program

Join a small group and the National Portrait Gallery’s experienced and qualified staff to guide you to identify, create and share a personal story using very simple digital technology. Combine audio-visual resources from your personal archives and create music, sound and images to produce a three-minute story. Your voice will narrate the story. Complete your digital story by the end of the three days and have a DVD to take home. Share your story online and with your special audience.

Beginnings of Digital Storytelling at the NPG

Digital storytelling at the National Portrait Gallery was initiated in 2008. Funds were provided by Tim Fairfax AC for the acquisition of equipment and the first program at Hermannsburg, NT with the Hermannburg potters.

Who has made Digital Stories at NPG?

Participants include secondary students Year 7-12 from schools in ACT and NSW, tertiary students and secondary and tertiary educators. Programs are also created for the general public.

How many are in the group for the digital storytelling program?

Maximum of 8

What kind of computers do you use?

Macbook Pro laptops.

What level of computer proficiency do I need?

The program is suitable for any one with a basic working knowledge of computers.

When is the next program?

Check the calendar for the next program on offer or contact Bookings to register your interest in a future programs.

Is it for children? What age do you need to be?

All ages can make a film. The program has been conducted with a 10 year old, through to 87 year old. We run programs just for children and just for adults too. Any one can have a go but an interest in stories, computers and sharing is helpful.

Can I bring my whole family along to make a film?

Yes, why not make a film each and book out the 8 places in the program?

Do I need to prepare any thing to bring?

Notes will be provided to outline suggested preparation for the program.

Where are the programs held?

Education Studio, National Portrait Gallery, Parkes, ACT.

If you are interested in participating in a digital story program contact

For further information please contact:

Karen Vickery

Manager, Access & Learning