Why are we doing this?
Following on from the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales, Arts Council of Wales and Nesta are keen to further explore how digital innovation can be supported within the arts in Wales. This new programme aims to stimulate a culture of innovation within the arts by demonstrating what’s possible through funded projects and increasing the capacity of the sector to innovate by providing access to skills, training and hands on experience.
What are we doing?
A key element of the 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. During stage one of our application process, which closed 11 December, we asked for proposals from organisations with an arts project that will help them to:
- enhance audience reach and engagement;
- develop new business models.
At this stage, there is no requirement for an arts organisation to have found a technology partner or developed potential solutions. We’re interested in finding clear, tangible and sector wide challenges or opportunities that an arts organisation can tackle through an innovation process. We’ll support up to eight organisations to build a team around their challenge and develop prototypes and ideas before pitching for full R&D funding of up to £75,000. For more information on the stages of support that are available, please take a look at our timetable.
What types of proposals were we looking for?
- Clearly articulated challenges or opportunities which expand audience reach and engagement and/or develop new business models;
- Proposals that could have an impact on a large sector of the arts in Wales.
- Proposals from all sizes of arts organisations in Wales, as well as non-arts organisations with an arts project
Eligibility and selection criteria
The full eligibility and selection criteria are here. In summary, to apply to the Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales, organisations had to be an organisation with an arts project based in Wales.
The proposal had to fall under one or more of the fund themes:
The proposal didn'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]
The Digital Innovation Fund follows on from the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales - a strategic partnership between Nesta, Arts Council of Wales and Arts and Humanities Research Council. It supported seven projects to explore how digital technology might help them reach new audiences or develop new business models.
As well as supporting the individual projects, this was also an experiment in supporting the arts to undertake R&D. The lessons we’ve learned have been incorporated into the new Digital Innovation Fund for the Arts in Wales.