Introducing Re-Draw: the research consortium for the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales
A key element of the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales is the research consortium that we’ve appointed to work collaboratively with all of our funded projects.
We’re really pleased to announce that we’ve appointed Re-DrAW (Research and Development for the Digital Arts in Wales), a consortium made up of the University of South Wales, Aberystwyth University and the University of Surrey.
The consortium is led by Professor Hamish Fyfe, Director, George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling and Co-Director, Research Institute for Computing and the Digital Economy at the University of South Wales. The team's research interests include amongst other things mobile communications, hyper-media, digital innovation and the social impact of the arts.
So what does this mean for potential applicants to the second call? Perhaps most importantly it means that you don’t need to worry about finding a research partner or including the costs of research in your application. It also means that you’ll get the benefit of learning from across the breadth of funded projects as the consortium shares lessons and information at a series of collaborative workshops that will be held throughout 2014.
Professor Fyfe and his colleagues will be working closely with each of the funded projects to develop research plans and propositions and to ensure clear and rigorous data strategies are put in place to collect, store and analyse the data necessary to share the lessons we learn with the wider sector
The projects that we fund will be seen as co-creative - being undertaken with partner organisations and their audiences rather than being about them - to address real-world problems. The consortium will bring their considerable knowledge of both the arts and digital technology to projects from day one, meaning that projects see the benefit of embedded action research at each stage of the process, from approval to evaluation.
As well as providing research support for each of the individual projects, Re-DrAW will be undertaking research that covers the wider impact of the programme for the arts sector in Wales. In particular, they will be looking at the impact of collaboration on arts organisations, the role that digital technology can play in the arts and how new business models might develop as a result of this technology.
Collaborative initiatives often focus on the engineering and science disciplines, making this an exciting opportunity for all the partners involved to share knowledge with audiences, organisations and individuals who are at the forefront of innovative arts and technology practice.
We’re really excited to be working with Professor Fyfe and his team and look forward to getting started with our fist cohort of funded projects. We’ll post information on the first cohort in the next few weeks, along with more information on the rest of the partners that make up the Re-DrAW consortium.