Our History

New Deal contract with SCVO (2001)

New Deal contract with SCVO (2001)

Based in Seagate Studios where a unique music focused work placement was on offer. A key highlight was the partnership project with Scottish Natural Heritage that featured a residential in the Outer Hebrideswith a small group of young people.

KenART Project Established (2002)

KenART Project Established (2002)

in partnership with Dundee City Council Leisure & Arts & SCVO as part of New Deal development programme. KenART over the years hosted Kwesi Johnson and his Hip Hop Story at Dundee Rep, ran the KenART Heritage Project, ran an innovative poetry week across Dundee, and hosted numerous artists in residence. 2002 marked The

The Workshop Opens (2003)

The Workshop Opens (2003)

The Workshop officially opened, and transformed Pure Media UK’s operations and visibility within its target communities.

National Youth Arts Consultation (2004)

National Youth Arts Consultation (2004)

Delivered in partnership with Young Scot; PMUK volunteers travelled all over Scotland to demonstrate dance, drama and art as part of a unique engagement exercise. £20,000 was made available for youth led projects as a result.

Inaugural iGNiTE Roadshow (2005)

Inaugural iGNiTE Roadshow (2005)

An offspring of The Ultimate Chill music and art festival; a group young people travelled to Scottish Borders, Highlands and Dundee to make films and music with young people who have never made music and films before. iGNiTE became the vehicle for training all our volunteers.

Urban Chillax at Caird Hall (2006)

Urban Chillax at Caird Hall (2006)

Annual street dance competition attracting hundreds of dancers from all over Scotland. Awesome!

LAC Project & International Expedition (2007)

LAC Project & International Expedition (2007)

Invitation by DCC Social Work to work with all girls group on a short creative project, which marks the beginning of an important local relationship. 2007 marked our first international expedition: Sonnet65, winners of The Ultimate Chill 2006, went to China to perform in the Dalian International Beach Carnival!

iGNiTE China in Xi’an (2008)

iGNiTE China in Xi’an (2008)

With a team of 13 young people opened new frontiers to explore their potential through international opportunities. Further international group trips took place to China (2010), India (2011) and South Africa (2012).

10th and final year of The Ultimate Chill (2009)

10th and final year of The Ultimate Chill (2009)

It has been an incredible ride. Critically acclaimed Admiral Fallow is made up of previous winners of The Ultimate Chill Best Band competition.

Opal Fruit screened at DCA (2010)

Opal Fruit screened at DCA (2010)

the culmination of following a small group of looked after young people for a year. The film helped facilitate an energetic conversation about how to better listen care experienced children and young people in the care planning process. 2010 also featured Adventures of the Little People, a creative arts project for 7 -12 year olds.

Champions Board launched (2011)

Champions Board launched (2011)

a commitment by the corporate parents in Dundee to meet with the young people they are responsible for regularly through the year to listen to their concerns and try and address their issues. Chaired by Dundee City Council Chief Executive this is a first for Scotland. It would later be rolled out right across Scotland.

Changing Faces of Hilltown (2012)

Changing Faces of Hilltown (2012)

celebrated local diversity and told the many stories of the previous residents of the Maxwelltown multis demolished that summer through film and through a beautifully presented book. Many of the volunteers who helped deliver this project did so as part of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation funded Graduate Programme. Many of these same ‘graduates’ facilitated a captivating iGNiTE in Cape Town, South Africa working with students and artists, and a number of different communities.

Knocking Harris Down (2013)

Knocking Harris Down (2013)

Culminated in Celebrating Harris at Steps Theatre, and brought school alumni together with current pupils who screened a Heritage Lottery funded film that celebrated the life and times of the Harris Academy building up until the time of the vent (before it was redeveloped).

Bringing Up Baby (2014)

Bringing Up Baby (2014)

A project for young parents (13 – 25) and their children, officially launches. Based at The Workshop this project began in 2012 through the NHS Tayside’s Healthy Community Collaborative, which worked with young people across Tayside to start a conversation about teenage pregnancy.

A New Reality (2015)

A New Reality (2015)

Including On The Whole, Champions Board, Bringing Up Baby, Create Base, The Aperture Project, CATALYST, ATLAS; all aimed at different audiences and collectively represent a significant shift away from the organisation’s traditional media and arts roots.

Pure Media UK renamed Front Lounge (2016)

Pure Media UK renamed Front Lounge (2016)

Continued development of the following projects: On The Whole, Bringing Up Baby, The Aperture Project, Love Reading Project & Project Srinivasan.

Key Projects (2017)

Key Projects (2017)

Including REUNION iGNiTE China 2017 which prominently featured four members of The Aperture Project; the launch of Bringing Up Baby’s Kindred Clothing; and The Dragon & The Unicorn – a project led by On The Whole participants. It was an extraordinarily good year with many high points.

Current Work

Current Work

To keep up to date with our current projects, please check our What We Do page, and our Blog.