Jul 14 2020


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



Extracurricular: Capturing and Sharing Your Work Online with Ben Pugh

Extracurricular is a series of sessions which you give you the opportunity to learn more about different jobs in the arts, sharing of artistic pathways, journeys and resources.


Capturing and Sharing Your Work Online with Ben Pugh

Ben Pugh is a production manager and digital consultant with over 20+ years of experience.

Below are areas of content that Ben will go through in his session:

Why and what?
“How do you want to engage with your audience and have them engage with you?”

  • Strategic and creative questions artists should be asking themselves before they commit to sharing their work online. This will also cover a basic introduction to some of the platforms available looking at the pros and cons.

The same level of thought given to the design of the set and costume for a live work or the experience of the audience member when they enter an installation, should be applied to the relationship with an online audience member.

  • Thinking about the environment in which artists are presenting their work, looking at framing, exploring some basic principle in presenting to a ’small screen audience’ together with some tips and tricks for getting sound and lighting better regardless of the resources they may have.
  • This section will help prompt questions about how and what artists share, how this can be experienced, and how this impact on audience engagement.

The tools

  • What can artists do with their mobile phone and nothing else?
  • How do artists raise the bar on the technical production – do they need two camera angles or three or four, how could they achieve that?
  • What can artists do to improve they audio quality with some extra equipment – what to invest in and how it might help?
  • How to get their first work online live? There will be reference to streaming equipment, platforms, and options.


Biography of Ben Pugh

For over 20 years Ben Pugh has worked freelance delivering creative management services for projects, productions, festivals, and events in the cultural sector, working across disciplines in theatre, music, visual arts, festival, digital, community and education.
As well as a long established practice in theatre and site specific work, Ben has worked on major public events such as the opening of Manchester International Festival in 2019, the PRSF New Music Biennale in 2017 and 2019, Events for Hull City of Culture, Bradford Mela, The York Mystery Plays. The list is extensive and dates back to 1994 working in Manchester when it was UK City of Drama.

Over the last 10 years Ben has developed a strand of work around digital and online. As a creative Digital Producer with companies like Pilot Theatre, Mind the Gap and the National Centre for Early Music, he has developed skills and a set of principles and approaches around the capturing and reinterpretation of live theatre and cultural activity for online audiences. Ben has build up an substantial list of activities from streaming major outdoor spectaculars to managing the streaming provision for the No Boundaries conferences for the Arts Council and British Council. Ben has clocked up 100s of hours of live streamed events. Ben has run a range of successful projects funded by ‘The Space’ doing live captures and live streams for organisations such as Hull Truck Theatre, and Theatre Royal Stratford East amongst others.

As a digital producer he’s also delivered film work including short documentaries for the NHS to online teaching resources for the European Union Baroque Orchestra. One of the core strands of film work in recent years has been capturing creative workshops with young people and distilling their stories and voices into short-form documentaries that can be shared with audiences to help them understand the benefits of the projects. At the moment Ben is delivering training and one to one surgeries about capturing and sharing work digitally for The Production Management Forum, and Unlimited.

Current digital clients include Paines Plough for whom Ben is preparing weekly content for release from writers around the UK along with a longer term international collaboration and the National Centre for Early Music, where Ben is producing a digital edition of their International Early Music Festival – working with Artists in the venue and broadcasting to audiences online around the world.


Where and when?
Tuesday 14th July @ 6pm – 7:30pm

Via Zoom (an online meeting platform that you can access through your computer, tablet or smartphone, a bit like Skype or facetime). When you sign up we’ll send you all the details about how to join.

How do I sign up?
Please email to Shazia Bibi ( – with a few sentences about why you’re interested and what you hope to get out of this session. The number of people who can take part is limited and we expect to have lots of interest, so we will use this information to help us in offering places.

This workshop is part of Bradford Producing Hub’s ‘Extracurricular’ programme – a series of online sessions to support creatives in the Bradford district.

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