Creative media

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Digital technology is transforming the way we make, distribute, receive and exchange art. The Arts Council is committed to supporting digital change and innovation across the arts and culture sector.

In 2015-18, we will allocate around £26 million of our strategic funds to Creative media activities that complement the digital work that arts and culture organisations are already doing. By ‘Creative media’ we mean artistic and cultural works and content created for digital platforms, or distributed digitally to reach the public.  Download and read our Creative media policy.

The digital revolution offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring more art to more people in more ways than we have ever imagined. At the Arts Council, our mission is to bring great art and culture to everyone, so digital is an incredibly important new way that we can deliver public value for the investment the public makes. Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England

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Find out how we support creative media

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Canvas: multi-channel network

Canvas is a showcase channel for the great video content created by some of the most innovative and exciting arts organisations and artists working in England today. Canvas aims to be ‘the home of the arts on YouTube’

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The Space

The Space develops and commissions great art digitally. It helps organisations and artists capture their best live arts events so that they can be enjoyed digitally, and it creates new interactive digital art projects to be experienced online

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Random Acts

During 2015–18 we're supporting 360 talented young artists from across England to make new 3-minute films for Channel 4's acclaimed short film strand Random Acts. The films will be showcased on TV and online

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Live from Television Centre

Following the success of six new productions broadcast Live from Television Centre, on BBC Four in November 2015, the BBC and ACE have agreed to create and bring more exciting and innovative contemporary theatre and dance performances to screen. 20 new live performances will be commissioned and broadcast between 2016 and 2018

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Words First

We're funding the Roundhouse to support spoken word artists, rappers, MCs, poets and performers aged 16 to 25 to make new work for broadcast on BBC Radio 1Xtra during 2016

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Sky Arts Amplify

We're working with Sky to support arts organisations and production companies based outside of London to work together to develop exciting ideas for original arts TV, the best of which will be broadcast on Sky Arts during 2016

Latest news, blog posts and case studies

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The Isle is Full of Noises

In light of the new Analysis of Theatre in England report, Simon Mellor blogs about how the theatre landscape is evolving in the digital age

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Pride of the community

Laura Dyer, from our Executive board, talks about how the Creative People and Places program is working to restore a sense of pride in our communities.

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Artistic ambitions

They might be separated by about 100 miles, but Cambridge and Reading both have at least one thing in common – a belief that the arts play an important role in our sense of identity and place.

Mary Rose reopens

Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth will use investment from the Arts Council to digitise its archaeological archive.

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Saving survivor stories

Soon, we will no longer be able to hear first-hand from Holocaust Survivors. Supported by our funding, the National Holocaust Centre, has found a way to keep their stories alive forever

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Canvas: a multi-channel network. Photo © Canvas 2. Crane Dance Bristol, devised and choreographed by Laura Kriefman as part of the inaugural Space/WIRED Creative Fellowship, supported by the Watershed. Lighting designed by Howard Eaton and Emma Chapman of Studio Three Sixty. Photo © Jon Rowley / Laura Kriefman 3. Random Acts. Photo © Random Acts. 4. Islington Community Theatre preparing to film Brainstorm in the Scenic Dock, a piece that explores the teenage mind as part of Live from Television Centre. Photo © Alex Brenner 5. Urban Development: Reload - industry takeover day. Photo © Alexis Maryon 6. Sky Arts. Photo © Sky Arts 7. Dusk by Fevered Sleep 8. Appetite presents the Enchanted Chandelier by Transe Express. Photo © Clara Lou Photography. 9. Reading Abbey Ruins. © Reading Borough Council 10. Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Image © Gareth Gardner 11. A Gold Arts Award film-maker, Trinity College London. Photo © John Nassari 12. Steven Frank. Photo © The National Holocaust Centre / The Forever Project 13. Musiko Musika's ECCO Concert at Southbank Centre. Photo © Harriet Armstrong / Musiko Musika. 14. The Bristol Whales, Bristol Green Capital 2015. Photo © Paul Box. 15. Artificial things by Stopgap Dance Company. Photo © Chris Parkes 16. Birmingham Weekender 2015. Photo © Andrew Fox / Birmingham Weekender 17. The Thing I’ll Be Doing For The Rest Of My Life by YAMAGUCHI Takayuki. Photo © Blast Theory. 18. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 19. Atmosphere by Edmund de Waal at Turner Contemporary. Photo © Benjamin Beker.