Wilmslow Guild Audio Visual Group

Thank you for your interest in WGAVG.  

Most photographic societies have one or two Audio Visual workers, often working in semi-isolation.  Most members were once AV-ers in a photo society sometimes ran by Officers with little or no interest in AV. If any AV material arrived at the club, it was sometimes binned, therefore we often didn't find out about events until after they had taken place. Anecdotal evidence suggested that this scenario had occurred elsewhere too, so four people decided to do something about it and create a forum where like-minded photographers with an interest in AV from all these different clubs, could meet to exchange ideas and pool expertise.

That was in 1993.  

Space was found at an existing adult education centre and the forum, the ‘Wilmslow Guild Audio-Visual Group’ (WGAVG) came into being. It was never intended to be an alternative to photographic societies - in fact we positively encourage all our members to join their local photographic society to learn about photography. WGAVG concentrates on aspects that photo societies don't normally cover, presented by both internal and external speakers.  At our members' sequences evenings we show and then discuss constructively work brought by members.  This is an excellent and enjoyable way for everyone to learn. You can get too close to your own work and new pairs of eyes and ears notice things you didn't.  In the light of these comments you can consider if you wish to adjust your sequence.  These discussions, and the members' willingness to take on board the comments made, are one of the reasons for the group's success. The candour of some of the comments may come as a surprise to newcomers, but please don't take offence. They will be just as candid about all sequences! We work on the assumption that if members wish to learn saying "oh that was wonderful darling" every time doesn't help anyone.   

Whilst the regular meetings form the backbone of our existence, there are other activities too. From time to time special events are arranged - maybe a Saturday workshop or a public presentation on an associated subject by a visiting speaker. Many established members are willing to help newcomers privately outside of the Guild meetings - don't be afraid to ask.  We encourage members to attend main stream AV events elsewhere such as the local Great Northern Festival and the RPS Nationals and Internationals.  The more quality AV you see, the better.  
The AV News website has details of what's on where.

WGAVG has members ranging from people completely new to AV, right through to members who compete, and win, (and judge) at National and International level. Maintaining a balanced programme which interests all is a daunting task, so please don't expect every meeting to be aimed specifically at you.   However we would encourage you to come to all meetings.  The more advanced ones may not apply to your interests now, but can be useful in giving you an idea of the kind of thing that can be achieved.

It's clearly impractical to have a "starting at the beginning" meeting every time new members join us but occasional Saturday workshops may be run aimed specifically at people who are completely or relatively new to AV if the need arises.

These are open to non-members too.  The Saturday slot means we can go into far more detail than is possible in an evening, and it keeps Friday evenings available for items of wider interest.

Some members wish to make only pictures-to-music sequences.  That's fine, but there is a lot that can be done to improve these above the level normally encountered ‘on line’ and in photographic societies.  Moving on from this you may find that you eventually wish to tackle more complex productions.   

Several tutorial CD-ROMs are also available to help you along the right lines such as ‘Audio-Visual Step by Step’ These can be purchased by e-mailing Suzanne Gregory at resources@wilmslowguildav.org.uk

We hope that this information has whetted your appetite and we look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings.

Why not come along to your first meeting as our guest, meet the members and see just what goes on - then hopefully you too will come and join us!

The Committee at WGAV

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