Spotlight on Digital R&D in the Arts Scotland
We recently held an event in Edinburgh that explored digital R&D for the arts. This event was the third in the Spotlight series of events, which have been created to share interesting conversations associated with Nesta’s work. For more information on the Spotlight events please click here.
Ten Scottish projects were awarded funding by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, a programme funded by Nesta, Creative Scotland and the AHRC. The projects worked with digital technologies to expand their audience reach and engagement and/or explore new business models. You can read more about each of the funded projects and their findings here.
The event, chaired by Nesta Trustee Rob Woodward, featured presentations, panel sessions and keynote speeches from technologists and champions from the arts and culture sector. We had a ministerial address from Fiona Hyslop, MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, sharing key lessons from the ten successful projects.
Tom Fleming, of Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, shared insights about the importance of digital as a way for arts organisations to interact with audiences and enable them to co-create. We were also joined by Dick Penny, Managing Director of the Watershed in Bristol who spoke about the ways in which organisations can use creativity and technology to embrace a disruptive future.
Together with parallel funding programmes in Wales and England, we have a wealth of evidence demonstrating the importance of digital capacity to the arts sector and beyond.
A storify of all the tweets from the event can be found here.
Photo credit: Dundee Contemporary Arts