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06 February 2013

Manchester Town Hall, Manchester, M2 5RT

10.30am to 5.30pm
Tickets: FREE 

Followed by a reception launching new Digital R&D Fund for the Arts projects

This forum will explore the nature of collaborative technology relationships, risk taking and knowledge sharing in the arts informed by the experience of various initiatives including, but not restricted to, the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.

The £7 million Digital R&D Fund for the Arts was launched by Arts Council England in partnership with Nesta and Arts and Humanities Research Council, to support research and development projects that use digital technology to enhance audience reach and/or explore new business models in the arts.

Schedule and speakers

The forum will be chaired by Dr Paul Gerhardt, Managing Director, Archives for Creativity, and will include addresses from Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, Nesta, Alan Davey Chief Executive, Arts Council England and Rick Rylance, Chief Executive, Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Other speakers include: James Davis, Programme Manager, Google's Cultural Institute; Anthony Lilley, CEO, Magic Lantern Productions Ltd;  Tim Plyming, Head of Digital, British Museum; Laura Sillers, Artistic Director, Site Gallery; Sharna Jackson, Tate Kids Editor, Tate Media; and Paul Bennun from Somethin' Else and Artangel.

The forum will include panel discussions, conversational formats and stream sessions covering themes including:

  • user-generated content and social media
  • distributing content
  • exploring new business models for digital engagement
  • education and learning
  • interactive media
  • data and archives

We will also be hearing from some of the fund's eight pilot projects.

The event will be followed by a reception to announce and celebrate the new projects for the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. 

View the full event programme.

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