The eight projects selected to receive funding from the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture, run by Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) are:
- Scratch Online - Battersea Arts Centre
- Dickens London Trails - Exhibition Road Cultural Group
- Social Interpretation - Imperial War Museum
- LSO Pulse - London Symphony Orchestra
- Culture Cloud - New Art Exchange
- Punchdrunk with MIT Media Lab
- Dero - The Sage Gateshead
- Happenstance - Site Gallery
BAC is piloting a digital version of its acclaimed 'Scratch' programme. This will allow artists to share ideas online and engage in a creative dialogue with the public to develop those ideas.
This group of cultural organisations has created a mobile app that allows users to go on a digital cultural journey across London. The first journey is Dickens: London Trails, is an expedition across the capital inspired by the life, work and interests of Charles Dickens.
IWM and partners are developing a system that will enable the interpretation, discussion, collection and sharing of cultural experiences and objects with, and between, audiences. This data-driven project will have in-gallery, online and mobile applications, which will augment and spread museum collections through social media and digital interaction.
The London Symphony Orchestra is testing mobile marketing and ticketing, allowing students to purchase discounted concert tickets through mobile apps. The apps will also use location data to show events nearby and allow students to share comments via social media.
New Art Exchange in Nottingham has worked with Artfinder to develop Culture Cloud, a digital portal for dialogue and exchange which allows gallery and artists to upload, sell and exchange their art work, as well as for audiences to vote on and virtually curate art programmes.
Immersive theatre company Punchdrunk and MIT Media Lab are merging theatre and gaming into an online platform, that partners live audiences with online participants. This was piloted for its critically acclaimed show Sleep No More New York.
The Sage is exploring how digital technology can help orchestras and venues find new audiences and income streams. The project broadcasts live concerts through a range of distribution channels and into a network of venues across Britain. The aim is to reach new audiences that are younger and who live in more rural areas that previously would not have had access to live performances.
Sheffield's Site Gallery embeded small teams of digital designers and developers into arts organisations to see how this changed organisational thinking and developed interesting digital ideas.