Why are we doing this?
The fund, a partnership between Nesta, the Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), is encouraging collaboration between the arts, digital technology providers and the research community in order to undertake experiments from which the wider arts sector can learn.
What are we doing?
£7million was made available for projects over the period 2012-2015 for projects up to a value of £125,000. Two new strands within the fund were introduced in 2013 to encourage applications around big data and research with funding up to £300,000.
The fund itself is now closed but you can access the free resources created as part of the programme of work on the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts website. These include magazines and topic guides, videos, a digital toolkit for the arts, research papers and a portal for exploring the results of the Digital Culture survey. You can also follow developments on Twitter @digitalrnd and using #artsdigital.
We have funded 52 projects through the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts. Details of the lead organisations and the projects they're developing can be found on the fund website projects page. You can also access their final project reports on the research page.
The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in England followed a pilot exercise (The Digital Research & Development Fund for Arts and Culture) during 2011/12 between the Arts Council England, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Nesta to support arts and cultural organisations across England who want to work with digital technologies to:
Each of the pilot projects was selected because they would produce research and data that other arts and cultural organisations would value highly and, possibly, develop new products/services that could be used by other organisations. A key element of the fund is the partnerships between arts and cultural organisations, technology providers and researchers.
We invited Dr Paul Gerhardt, of Archives for Creativity, to work with the pilot projects to compile brief case studies of each project, and to capture the main learning points. You can read a summary of his findings here, and the more detailed case studies via the links below.