A key aim of the fund is to uncover ideas and insights that will benefit the arts sector as a whole, so we look for projects that are willing to share the lessons they've learned.
Why are we doing this?
There has never been a better time for the arts sector to explore how to use digital technologies to reach new audiences. However, despite lots of experimentation in the arts, it is not always easy to understand what innovations work.
What are we doing?
A key element of the £400,000 fund is supporting collaborative partnerships between organisations with arts projects and technology providers to provide a body of rich research evidence, data and case studies that inspires and supports the capacity of the wider arts sector to innovate. A timetable for the second call for submissions can be found here.
Our second call for ideas is now closed.
What types of projects are we looking for?
- Innovative digital projects which expand audience reach and engagement and/or develop new business models
- Proposals from all sizes of arts organisations in Wales, as well as non-arts organisations with an arts project
- Collaborations between arts organisations, technology providers and where possible, other cultural/arts organisations
We are particularly keen to see applications from the following areas/organisations:
- Projects with activity based outside of South East Wales
- Small to medium-sized organisations
- Projects that make use of existing platforms or technologies
Eligibility and selection criteria
The full eligibility and selection criteria are here. In summary, to apply to the Digital Research & Development Fund for the Arts in Wales, organisations must be:
- An organisation with an arts project based in Wales
- A collaborative project based in Wales
The proposal has to involve a collaborative partnership between yourself as an organisation with an arts project and a technology provider (by which we mean any creative, media or technology company including other arts and cultural organisations with relevant technology know-how) that can provide technology services to arts organisations.
The proposal has to fall under one or more of the fund themes:
In particular, we are interested in proposals from the following areas:
- Fundraising - using technology to generate giving, sponsorship and membership
- Connecting with rural and/or bilingual audiences
- Big Data Services
- Making the most of archives through digital technology
- Digital content distribution - delivering content in new ways
- Social media - using technology for interactive engagement
- Mobile and location-based services
The proposal doesn't need to fall exclusively into one of these categories; we accept ideas which encompass several areas.
For more information please read our FAQs or email Rob Ashelford: [email protected]