We are fortunate to now have Adam Clarke, digital artist, educator, Minecraft game designer and film maker living in Crosby Ravensworth and serving as Broadband Champion for Crosby Ravensworth Parish.
Adam attended Rory Stewart MP’s Constituency Surgery recently at The Tufton Hotel in Appleby with Peter Smith Chair of EVD and Charles Paxton to discuss hopes for Superfast broadband provision to the hardest-to-reach residences in the Eden Valley Digital area.
EVD Broadband Champions asked Rory for his support in getting new government funding assistance for a supplier of technology to provide superfast broadband to our remote residences (outside the 93% currently funded) over a network with a limited number of Internet Service Providers. He has kindly agreed to help us.
Adam is looking forward to the arrival of Superfast broadband this year because much of his work is done online. He often engages in video-conferences, national and international, using Google Hangouts, and the new paid version Google Help outs in which he is doing the helping.
When he uploads his films (heavy movie files, over a Gigabyte in size) he says it sometimes takes all night and he finds his film still hasn’t completed uploading when he gets up in the morning. He says 20 Mbps upload speed would make an enormous difference, it would free up more time for the creativity he enjoys and thus would help his business compete in the global marketplace.
Adam is excited about the potential for digital developments in our area and is a highly suitable advocate of digital technologies. Adam has been engaging people in creative activities for over 20 years and believes that creative expression can be developed through play. He is a prominent creator in the online Minecraft Community and has instigated various ground-breaking online projects, he jointly won an Ordnance Survey Geovation Award for a school environmental project using Minecraft.
Adam and his wife Victoria run the family-based arts studio and digital atelier in Morland called Invisible Orchard where children enjoy art and craft activities, games based learning and programming.
The ethos at Invisible Orchard is: play, create and learn, whatever your age.
Can kids engage with programming? It seems they can learn the fundamentals and enjoy seeing their changes manifested on-screen using a device known as a Raspberry Pi. Adam’s students can experiment with changing the parameters of games, such as colours. Educational and fun activities are the name of the game at Invisible Orchard.
Adam was shortlisted this year for the Tate IK prize for his Tatecraft concept. For a Cumbrian flavour he made a Minecraft rendition of Hadrian’s Wall for Tullie House Museum.
You can read about Adam’s digital work and see examples of it on his website The Common People (http://thecommonpeople.tv/).