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Research consortium appointed to support the Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts in Wales

Date: 28/10/2013

A research consortium led by the University of South Wales has been selected to support a research and development fund for the arts in Wales.

The Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts in Wales is a partnership between the Arts Council of Wales, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Nesta to support arts projects across Wales to work with digital technologies. The aims of the £400,000 fund are to expand audience reach and engagement and to explore new business models for the arts sector in Wales through the use of digital technology, with support from the academic consortium.

Aberystwyth and Surrey universities make up the other partners in the consortium.

The consortium, called ‘Re-DrAW’ (Research & Development for the Digital Arts in Wales), will aim to re-draw the landscape for technology and arts sector interaction through collaboration and participation in a number of projects, whilst capturing and sharing lessons learned.

Professor Hamish Fyfe, leading the consortium at the University of South Wales commented, This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a range of organisations to have real impact on their operations and benefitting the economy of Wales.

The 18 month project is expected to deliver a number of outcomes and collaborations through Wales' arts and technology sectors.

Professor David Frohlich from the Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey comments: At Digital World we are delighted to have the chance to work with a range of project teams within the scheme, and to get to know consortium colleagues in Wales.

Elin Jones, lead at Aberystwyth commented that There are specific features in our demography, geography and linguistic make-up that makes the Welsh cultural economy quite different from that of England or Scotland, therefore it is extremely important that the AHRC, Nesta and Arts Council Wales have invested in this project.

The Digital Research & Development fund for the Arts in Wales  supports projects that use digital technology to enhance audience reach and/or develop new business models for the arts sector. With a dedicated researcher or research team as part of the three-way collaboration, learning from the project can be captured and disseminated to the wider arts sector.

The Funds sits alongside the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts (England) and the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture in Scotland.

Note to editors:

  • Nesta is the UK's innovation foundation, helping people and organisations bring great ideas to life. It does this by providing investments and grants and mobilising research, networks and skills. It is an independent charity. www.nesta.org.uk
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to the AHRC Website
  • Arts Council of Wales is the country's funding and development agency for the arts. Its vision is of a creative Wales where the arts are central to the life of the nation and to ensure that the contribution of the arts is recognised, valued and celebrated. www.artswales.org/
  • For further details contact Alexandra Harden (Media Relations Manager) alexandra.harden@southwales.ac.uk


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