Countries supporting UN's article 31 “recognise the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”

My name is DM I came to film and video via photography, film is made up of 24 frames/pictures per second.  I feel grateful I get to share my gift, and thank everyone that helped by putting a camera in my hand and encouraging me.  I believe photography is like meditation, after all a print is also called a still.


Robert Gustave Walker was born in 1857, in Sierra Leone, to a Scottish dad and African mum, and he ended up playing football for Third Lanark from 1875 reports


Jan Dawes

According to his team wore “Guernseys” (coarse knitted woolen tops with crew necks) in regimental red with the number 3 stitched on, and navy knickerbockers and hosiery. Bob moved around, and ended up living at 23 Great Church Lane Chambers in Hammersmith, where he died on March 11th 1936.


International footballer Andrew Watson was born in Demerera British Guiana in 1856. His dad was Peter Miller, a Scot, and his mum, Guiana-born Rose Watson. He studed Philosophy, Mathematics and Civil Engineering and Mechanics at university.





His player's statistics on show he achieved 3 caps, with Scotland winning all three matches against England and Wales.  Also says: 'After marrying in Glasgow, he soon signed for Queen's Park F.C. and later became their secretary. He led the team to several Scottish Cup wins becoming the first black player to win a major competition.'


Eliza Junor was born in Guyana, in 1804. Her mum was a free colored woman, and her dad, carpentor, and slave owner Hugh Junor. Her life was forgotten for more than 200-years but Dr Alston's research, and a new short film about her produced by Fèisean nan Gàidheal made it onto BBC News.

Brunias 1804

Verdier 1849

Dr David Alston writes Eliza left Scotland for London, but returns to Fortrose in 1851.  He says that the census showed 'Eliza was now a dress-maker, living with her aunt Catherine (her father’s sister)', and 10 years later, in 1861 Eliza was still living at the same address.

In July 2020 Eilidh Mackenzie wrote and performed Eliza's song for the soundtrack of a short film of the same name.


As a freelance artist I created bell's braids to celebrate the Intellectual, bell hooks, as she'd sadly passed away during the edit of my film 'Desperately Seeking Grandma Alma,' in which she appears in the fun sequence 'I'm a Womens Right'.




"Many of us took the names of our female ancestors - bell hooks is my maternal great grandmother - to honor them and debunk the notion that we were these unique, exceptional women. We wanted to say that we were the products of the women who'd gone before us."

- bell hooks (Gloria Jean Watkins)


I joined the Climate Alliance team to reduce Tidyup Media's carbon footprint.


Responsible for delivering new junior journalism standard apprenticeship recruitment events with employers eligible for levy funded programme.


My ability to provide ethical, compliant, unscripted interviews is demonstrated by work on broadcast, print and market research teams.


As a lens-based artist at ACAVA and UAL I used my photography, and photo editing to teach adults and children photography, curation and exhibition.

The Art And Craft Of West London  Photo-walks

My photowalk participants and I will grab a couple of Canon EOS1300s and Canon IXUS 175s tocapture the people and continuous urbanisation on our walks aroundour chosen city.   My walking buddies and I chat about how,London’s changing all the time, whether it’s improving or justthe opposite is in the eye of the photographer!  Photo walks aretaking place around the world encouraging people to learn new skillsand move their bodies to stay well.  There’s no need to gooverboard with kit – if you’re a walker more than a photographera phone camera works as followers on social media like these imagesjust as much. A photo walk provides one-to-one and group events forwalkers worldwide.  It’s a social and cultural activity;participants enjoy it more than shooting pictures and walking alone. They happily “share” stories, like and repost beautiful, funnyphotographs before memories fade of how it was before and afterstreetscape makeovers.  This is the true value of walking andshooting images, it’s why I believe wellbeing walks have grown andwoven their way into the vibrant tapestry of London’s social life.

Ras Kwadwo photographer enjoyed the walks organised by ACAVAand The Venture CommunityAssociation he says:  “I learnt a lot in terms of thepossibilities and creativity that can be done with the camera. Iwould also like to know how I can make a living from my pictures.” This is a gigantic dilemma for you snappers – finding the time toupload your precious pictures of street scenes and people to socialsites to earn you some cash. Most of your snaps stay hidden inhardware consuming 1000s bytes of storage — it may seem better thanhaving your images whisked away by those craving your shots like thefancy-frosting on a Hummingbird cupcake.  So it’s no surprisethat you’re reluctant to share your snazzy snaps acrossphotographic platforms and rather leave them languishing on memorycards, storing them up for a rare showing at a birthday bash oranniversary event.  There are loads of books giving marketingadvice to photographers a couple are the UK FreelancePhotographers Handbook 2016 and the US PhotographersMarket 2017.

There are manycamera groups in the world one of the first was the Camera Club ofNew York, started in 1884, by Eastman Kodak.  They launched the$1 Brownie which established photography as an affordable hobby forordinary people.  It’s why so many cameras are sold in theworld today!  “We walk with a purpose,” says Scott Kelby of“The Worldwide PhotoWalk” which brings photographers around theworld together on one day of the year to shoot images and raise moneyfor their special causes.  Scott is the bestselling author andbroadcaster of digital photography TV shows and books such as TheAdobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers 2017 (Voices ThatMatter).  Books and walking also make a marvellous marriagelovers of Chaucer’s CanterburyTales can recreate his literary pilgrimage strolling from Londonto Canterbury.  Professor Woody Caan, author of Drink,Drugs and Dependence From Science to Clinical Practice reckonsChaucer would’ve agreed organised walks aid wellbeing:  Hesays: “I have been to Walsingham and Canterbury, and was impressedthat groups of people find this ancient type of journey restorative.A guide and peer support is probably a good idea, if the pilgrimsundertaking a long walk are mentally or physically distressed.”  Walking groups using photography in London are an opportunity todocument the changes to an area undergoing urban development.  People attend to take pictures of the area as it changes shapebecause they prize the streetscapes familiar; as a favourite piece ofclothing.  Bric-a-brac is lovingly shot to look like the finestantiques you’ll ever see.

View and Chat about Images You and Others Have Shot During The Photo Walk Another Plus Point?

I love chatting withothers and sharing a brew!  As an artist and communicator Ienjoy having a laugh and gossiping with people.  The delicatepastries and robust coffees served by the café owners are fresh andfragrant.  Surely the table and chair filled pavements are madefor photo walkers to sit and pick pictures?  After all acomputer room is ideal but any dry surface works well when you’repanting for a piece of cake and a steaming mug of tea?

In his book TheLost Art of Walking, author, Geoff Nicholson talks to people whoonly walked at night, in the nude, for 1000s of miles in one go, infancy dress,  for charity, or for no reason at all. “There issomething about the pace of walking and the pace of thinking thatgoes together. Walking requires a certain amount of attention but itleaves great parts of the time open to thinking. I do believe onceyou get the blood flowing through the brain it does start workingmore creatively,” says Nicholson.  He also examines howwalking inspired the writing muse of Charles Dickens who wrote anessay about his night-time walks.

1 Someyears ago, a temporary inability to sleep, referable to a distressingimpression, caused me to walk about the streets all night, for aseries of several nights. The disorder might have taken a long timeto conquer, if it had been faintly experimented on in bed; but, itwas soon defeated by the brisk treatment of getting up directly afterlying down, and going out, and coming home tired at sunrise.”

Fromthe essay “Night Walks” by Charles Dickens (Chapter 13 of TheUncommercial Traveller, 1861)

I Wanted to Find Out If Photo Walks Increased Wellbeing and They Did!

Last year I becamethe first artist to lead a photo walk for the Venture CommunityAssociation and ACAVA.  Isabella Niven, ACAVA Programme Manager,says:  “The project, funded by Public Health England throughthe Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is designed to providelocal people in north Kensington with the opportunity to engage in acreative, active and social activity; getting people moving, thinkingcreatively, reducing social isolation and improving wellbeing.” Several sessions into the project I realised the most ferventlycommitted, very open-minded, photo walkers, were men aged over40-years-old.  I found out that the three-year project had beencreated with the focus of engaging men in this activity in the NorthKensington area.  The Association of Cultural Advancementthrough Visual Arts (ACAVA) curates an exhibition for photo walkersat the Maxilla Gallery where artists like Michael Horovitz, author ofunderground British poetry book, entitled Childrenof Albion rent studio space.

The VentureCommunity Association was founded in 1960 it’s one of the oldestadventure playgrounds in Kensington and Chelsea.  It’s in theGolborne ward, which is the second most-deprived ward in London. It provides outside play and sports activities for children fromdisadvantaged backgrounds.  The charity teamed up with theChildhood Trust and Catalyst Housing to raise over 11,000 pounds toprovide holiday activities.  Naami Padi, Director of the VentureCentre says:  “I’m trying to make sure that our playground(the best in the West!) has enough money to give our fantastic kids awonderful summer.”  Despite funding cuts the centre will beable to run a full holiday programme thanks to generous donations on‘TheBest Playground in the West!” crowd funding page.

Since the early1900s outdoor play has been championed by pioneers of the nurserymovement like sisters Margaret and Rachel McMillan.  In theearly days it was about playing, learning and sleeping outside. Though kids don’t sleep outside anymore, outdoor play is still animportant activity in nurseries and schools.  Professor ofPublic Health Woody Caan says nature walks can help youngstersdevelop.  He says:  “these relate to their Biophilia(developing an appreciation of nature) but also they are groupactivities that underpin learning outdoors  and connect shychildren to build social confidence.”  The Glissando Panyardis hidden behind a royal blue door on Wornington Road.  A seriesof images and video with the hashtag #glissandopanyard tells thestory of this magical space within the Notting Hill Playground on ourblog PacePhoto Walks Tumblr. 

“We’vegot a few themes running through the project.  One of them isthe story of the pan yard, home to Glissando Steel Orchestra.  It’sa purpose-built steel band rehearsal room next to the Ventureplayground. We were invited to have a nosey around it with ourcameras.  We met Bertrand Parris, who was tuning and blending asteel drum.  He’s co-founder of the orchestra with PedroBurgess.  The two pan pioneers started the ensemble in 1978.  Mr Burgess composed and arranged the music and Mr Parris made theinstruments.  The strains of steel pan music can be heardtoday.  The musicians play every genre from calypso to country. Glissando continues to be a place for people of all ages andbackgrounds to come together to beat out their favourite tunes on thesweet steel drum.”

Fromthe Tumblr Post “Pacing The Panyard” (pacephotowalks Tumblr,2016)

Leading photo walksis something I’d never done before, or even considered. I checkedout the ACAVA photo walking brief and, to my surprise, found that Ihad relevant interests, and work.  The brief called for someonewith an interest in the Golborne area I’d written a multimedia poementitled “get on radical’ about the Notting Hill race riots. This poem and others can be read in my poetry collection “TheRhythm Writer” available in printand eBook.  I’d set-up awriters’ collective, supported Toni Morrison on her tour entitled“Jazz” and performed this poem on BBC Radio 5’s Talking Poetryup-and-coming poets’ showcase.  I started up my own businessworking as a journalist for the tech start-up Tidyup Media, at thetime editing, captioning and uploading DV tapes I’d paid for adecade ago of my cousin cooking melt-in-the-mouth Guyanese rotibread.  It turned into a one-off programme entitled “AuntyG’s Amazing Roti” available to watch in the UK, USA, Japanand Germany.

Denise M Semple aka“Onayemi” is an artist in west London.  Her work discoversways the environment affects the lives of residents and vice versa,how geometric boundaries affect the physical and cultural contrastsof sickness and adversity.  She was commissioned to deliver photo walks by the Association for Cultural Advancement throughVisual Art. To commission or buy her work

Clickhere to enrol in the photowalk elearning school learn how to leada photo walk wellbeing project of your own.

© 2018

Words @tidyupmedia Images Individual Photographers


As an Assessment in Care Custody and Teamwork Assessor I interviewed women at risk of self harm, and suicide for a legal document called an ACCT which concluded with writing a care-plan including learning and skills.  This role was voluntary, and part of a multidisciplinary team including staff working in operational, healthcare and safer custodies. 

 “Around 50,000 ACCT processes are opened in a typical year and almost all are closed with the prisoner alive, showing they are highly effective at fulfilling their purpose.” 

Prison Service



The Virtual Campus is a secure e-Learning website delivered to residents in secure sites in partnership with the MoJ, NOMS and the Open University.


TheVirtual Campus website project at a private female prison rocketseducation and resettlement delivery into a new dimension. Learningand Skills, ICT, IOMU and Security teams are delivering technology tobenefit clients without the risks. Digital kiosks and in-celltelephones are part of life at this prisons. Virtual Campusregistration campaigns are marketed and booked on PODS located onhouse blocks.

TheLearning and Skills Team delivers the Virtual Campus contract. Theywere recognised with an award for Contract Design and Management in2015. The project is grounded in the values of Progress, Service andTeam Spirit. Staff across the business go the extra mile to providean innovative, high quality service to our client. We’ve paidattention to the detail in the IT Security Policy PSI; we work witheach other to achieve our goal of reducing reoffending. We knowthat computers, mobiles phones and the internet can be abused. Somemight say websites are a luxury offender-learners can do without. But we can’t leave our ladies unprepared for the Information Ageand the IT changes they will encounter on release.

“Such a great step forward and greeted with enthusiasm by those I spoke to.”


Improvingthe quality of life for our female residents is one of our businessplan quadrants. Hours of purposeful activity can be had on theVirtual Campus. The IMB Chair wrote a glowing report, she said: “such a great step forward and greeted with enthusiasm by those Ispoke to.” The Virtual Campus does not replicate the experience ofsearching using popular search engines. However, offender-learnerscan build online profiles, message tutors, search for jobs and takeonline exams and OU STEM degrees. After assessing the e-learningwebsite, an OFSTED inspector said:

"The Virtual Campus project willchange women's lives.”


Computershave changed over the years; first they fit into a room, then on adesk, then on our laps and now in our pockets. Virtual Campus haschanged as well, high speed broadband and software gives learnerssecure access to a range of content. Also we’re testing 64 piecesof domestic violence and sex work material for use at times when IOMUworkers are not on site. The creation of interactive information with partners like the VC Content Creation Mastermind Group, andlocal police force shows e-learning’s transformative potential.

Securityplays an important role in accessing the VC website. All learnersare risked assessed, not all can access IT. Offender-learners unableto access the website include those under Terrorism Act 2000,Security Threat Group, Organised Crime Group, Significant ITEmployment History, Public Protection, High Public Profile, MediaInterest and Witness Protection. Learners transferred from otherprisons can’t reinvent themselves as their usernames stay fixed tothe conventions used at the establishment that created them.

Taking exams on the Virtual Campus will enhance the experiences of learners.

Food hygiene exams are taken, and certificates printed immediatelywhich suits the needs of prisons with a high turnovers. Andoffender-learners have proof of a qualification to help gain work inand outside the prison.

Learnersfound mentoring, live job search, taking mock driving theory test andCV building most useful. Over three months, registration of learnerswho had never used a computer before increased. Half of thoseregistered are unsure of what they would like to see added to thewebsite. This is a great springboard for our next offender-learnerforum. The first forum looked at Open University Access modules andtwo learners began STEM degrees funded by the Prisoners EducationTrust.

Two years ago theimplementation of the Virtual Campus website project was a vision. We’ve welcomed the worldwide web and 30 operational and educationstaff became Virtual Campus Champions after an intensetrain-the-trainer sessions. Tutors said they enjoyed the VC learnercontent and the learning experience introducing VC in classroomshelped them overcome barriers to using websites in the delivery ofbasic skills. Also they’re more confident using technology butwould like more interactive resources and training.

Sowe’re using the Virtual Campus website because we love e-learningand because we hate the 45% return rate to offending. Whether it'sblogs about beauty or websites on wings. It's another small stepproviding digital literacy; 'Through the Gate' support, and one giantleap forward for women inside.



As the Aspire vocational media officer I supported 2500 16-18 year olds, 18327 adult learners, 60% were from ethnic communities at Lambeth College.

The Ambassadors Reception

May 2006

Lambeth College has employed a group of its own students to help promote the College. They will work for the College, get paid a generous hourly rate, betaught to give presentations, receive personal development training,work with other FE and HE students, act as tour guides, and assist atparents’ evenings and other college events.

Our newly appointedAmbassadors came in for a training day during their last half termvacation. They were taught skills in child protection, health &safety, handling difficult situations, equal opportunities andpersonal presentation.

"I want to be a College Ambassador because of the great prospects it will offer me inthe future."

- Doyinsola Adebanji-Kasali

The first year A Level student added it 's good experience for me to work with young people and to set good examples for them. Carl Pennycook from theSkills for Life course at our Brixton Centre is another student keento make the scheme a success. He says: “I am proud to have beenpicked as one of the ambassadors.

"It’s an exciting project to be involved in. I also see it as a way of gaining confidence in myself”.

- Carl Pennycook

The ambassadors will be visiting schools around South London talking to pupils about life at the College, the benefits of entering further education and how it can lead to a successful future.

Successful strategies to encourage WP students to stay and progress to HEI

  • Tailoring events with tutors to target widening participation students.

  • Introducing learner evaluation of all WP events

  • Following up late and absent pre and access students.

  • Recruiting,training and managing the student ambassador scheme.

  • Planning and carrying out risk assessments for events and visits.

  • Providing well paid part time work for our students.

  • Working with acting heads of school to build progression relationships.


Iinitiated, implemented, and employed Lambeth College’s first student ambassadors to work for the College with the help of Greenwich University.


During my time as a widening participation practitioner I have dealt with many challenges. I’d like to share three of them with you.

  1. BTEC media courses were unable to secure offsite work placements.

  2. Some BTEC students had a D in GCSE English or Math.

  3. The school of media was isolated from media employers.


  1. Showed a business need for vocational media work placements off campus by researching, writing and delivering a paper which at NALN 2007.

  2. Agreed a budget and employed training provider Media Prospects and VitalSparks to find and prepare students for media work placements.

  3. Researched part time GCSE English and Math provision at the college and ran progression workshop called “Ladders” for BTEC students interested in gaining L2 English and Math.

  4. Set-up the student ambassador scheme with Greenwich University to support the progression of pupils and students from schools and FEI to HEIs.


Organised workshops with outside training providers for learners and academic staff to explore difficult issues in a creative way. Like workshops wih Leap Confronting Conflict delivered a using drama and storytelling, which dealt with the issue of Gangs and Territorialism. And techniques for dealing with safety, danger, enemies, space, territory, status, power, identity, reputation and revenge.


A pan-African martial arts workshop introduced key self-defence techniques to encourage freedom of expression, peace, power and wisdom.


As a part time Humanities lecturer I taught adults personal development, current affairs & African Caribbean Studies at Kensington & Chelsea College.

I had the pleasure of working with DENISE SEMPLE on a number of personal development and further education courses at Kensington and Chelsea College in my role as Senior Lecturer responsible for the Humanities programme and from a manager’s point of view she is excellent to work with. She always put her heart into teaching and managed to deliver engaging lectures in a way to suit all learners. This is what made her a very successful Humanities tutor. Every time I have worked with Denise she has been punctual, presentable and has prepared lesson plans. I found her an ideal colleague to work with. Denise has a true passion for teaching and journalism and we were sorry to see her move on to other work opportunities.

Dr Ivan Gibbons


Documentary director and mentor of Y10 pupils in eight schools taking part in the first Inner London Teenager Poetry Slam.

The poetry slam got rave reviews in TES

The Poetry Posse, by Heather Neill/Geraldine Brennan

A boy is reading poetry. Suddenly he stumbles on a line, transfixed byfear, and tears roll down his face. Another boy, not much older, hisdreadlocks neatly tied back, steps forward, gently places an armaround his team-mate and encourages him to go on. They finish theirpoem triumphantly to rapturous applause from an audience of hundredsof their peers. The moving incident illustrates the sense ofcommunity, the desire for self-expression among the participants andthe way their confidence has been bolstered by working together.”

Nu Heh

After completing her access to film and video qualification at Brixton College in 1992, Denise entered London College of Printing Film School, where she graduated with honours in film and video in 1996. She was chosen by the London Film and Development Agency to direct a transnational documentary on diversity in the media, travelling and shooting in Greece, and subsequently earned Master status as a videographer for her video production and post production skills.


Commissioned by organisations in Hammersmith like Connections, and Youth Services to teach documentary production and post-production in clubs.



Connections Communications Centre was a registered charity promoting cultural diversity and new opportunities in the media industry.

The Centre provided training, mentoring and employment guidance to open doors to the media industry for those excluded through lack of training and economic or social deprivation.

Since 1982 the Center supported thousands of people in finding employment, and self-employment  in agencies,  broadcast or indendent film-making.

Alongside providing equipment, and post production facilities to access and training and a network of industry freelance tutors providing expert motivational and business support.

Creative industry mentors passed on years of experience and knowledge to trainees. Coaches developed clients focusing on paths for achieving goals and preparing for change.


Co-ordinated Avid and Betacam initial media vocational employment training for New Voices New Visions (NVNV)and More Color in the Media (MCM).

D Lavinier - LFVDA

Training providers in the voluntary sector play an important role in creating access to film and video training to the socially excluded and to people of ethnic minority origin. 

J Hillery -BBC

“She was my mentor. She helped me write up a learning plan of Aims and Objectives, a plan that, to me, seemed impossible to fulfil. But she was able to assureme that with some hard work, anything can be achieved.


As a board member of the Ethnic Communities Oral History project I recorded and transcribed fascinating stories of the diverse community in LBHF.


Founder of the 90s underground spoken word collective the Rhythm Writers the highlight of that time was supporting Pulitzer prize-winner Toni Morrison on her tour entitled 'Jazz'.