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A Project Showcase of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales

Date: 17/06/2015

Launched in 2013, the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales set out to explore how digital technology might help arts organisations to enhance their audience reach or develop new business models.

A key element of the £400,000 fund was to support collaborative partnerships between organisations with arts projects and technology providers to provide a body of rich research evidence, data and case studies that inspires and supports the capacity of the wider arts sector to innovate.

Today, at a showcase held at Wales Millennium Centre, the seven successfully funded projects who undertook rigorous R&D ventures over periods ranging from four to twelve months, across a range of scales, locations and art forms will provide a snapshot of their work and demonstrate the technology that they've been building.

The seven successful projects are:

UCAN Go – a user-led project that explores the process of verbally mapping a building to support reduced or non-visual navigation around arts venues

Please Switch on your Mobile Phones – a pioneering project encouraging audiences to use their smartphones or tablets to provide the raw materials which can be turned into new pieces of dance.

Tocyn – a ticketing and crowd funding platform that allows audience members to donate their booking fees to one of a number of community arts projects

Arts, Archives and Technology – exploring how archive material might be used to enhance audience reach or develop new business models through gamification and artistic interpretation.

Torf – An online tool that allows arts organisations to create conversations with their audiences, allowing data to be captured in more playful ways.

Sibrwd – an innovative platform that ‘whispers’ into the ear of the audience member, allowing non-welsh speakers and learners to follow welsh language productions.

iBeacons – an iOS and Android mobile application which utilises new iBeacon technology to deliver extra information to visitors to arts exhibitions

Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism said: The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales has proven to be a fantastic opportunity which demonstrates how the arts and humanities can use digital technology to create innovative solutions to some of the opportunites and challenges that they face. It is a great way for Wales' world-renowned arts and culture sector to create and share useful evidence for the arts in Wales and beyond.

Rob Ashelford, Programme Manager, Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales added: We're delighted to have worked with Arts Council of Wales and AHRC to help realise the potential digital brings to the arts in Wales. As well as directly supporting the successful projects, the wider learning gained will inform how we provide support for the sector in a rapidly changing digital environment.

Showcase, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 9am - 2pm.

For further information, please contact Danielle Moore-Chick on 01793 41 6021 or d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Photo opportunity with Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism and members representing the projects from 9.30am
  • The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is a £400,000 fund to support collaboration between Welsh organisations with arts projects, technology providers, and researchers. It is a partnership between Arts Council Wales, Arts and Humanities Research Council and Nesta. It funds 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.
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