New Digital R&D Projects in Wales
Back in October last year we announced a second call for submissions to the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales. When the deadline for submissions passed in January, we had 39 applications, requesting a total of just over £1.7m. From those, we chose to fund a further two projects, which we can now tell you a little more about.
Community Music Wales and Zequs
Community Music Wales is Wales' leading music charity and has a reputation for excellence both nationally and internationally. Working with technology partner Zequs, Community Music Wales will develop Tocyn (the Welsh word for token or ticket), a ticketing and crowd funding platform that will allow audience members to donate their booking fees to one of a number of community arts projects that are seeking funding. The project is inspired by the token giving concept seen at some supermarkets after checkout.
The traditional online crowd funding concept relies on the consumer financially supporting a commercial product or service they wish to purchase or subscribe to, in return for exclusive access or personalised added value. Tocyn aims to take the concept of crowd funding to a more philanthropic, socially inclusive and community funded level. It will enable individuals to financially support community arts projects that they feel relevant to the wellbeing of their own communities, whilst purchasing tickets for local gigs, events and performances.
Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw and Cwmni Da
Oriel Plas Glyn – y- Weddw is situated in Llanbedrog, between Pwllheli and Abersoch, on the Llyn Peninsula. It first became a public arts venue in 1896 and is today recognised as Wales' oldest art gallery. The gallery will work with its technology partner – Cwmni Da - to develop a mobile application which utilises new location-sensing iBeacon technology to deliver exhibition-related content to visitors to exhibitions at the gallery. Working alongside the Art and Design Programme Area at Coleg Menai, they will also develop a prototype mobile application for the Arts and Design Foundation Course end of year exhibition at Coleg Menai. Students from the college will provide creative content for an application which uses location aware technology to enhance the work produced for their June exhibition.
We’re really excited to be working with these two new projects and look forward to seeing them develop over the next 8 to 9 months. Over the next few weeks we’ll also be taking a more detailed look at the developments coming out of our first group of funded projects. We’re starting to see the results of some of our first forays into public testing and there are some interesting lessons starting to emerge as a result. We'll also be publishing a full analysis of all the applications to the fund.