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Sharing the learning from the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts

About this site

This website showcases the projects supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, sharing their insights and research as well as lots of other stories of what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to digital innovation in the arts and cultural sector.

The site also hosts information about projects funded through the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture in Scotland and the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales.

We’ve also curated a selection of case studies, in partnership with British Council, to showcase some examples of best practice in the use of R&D and digital technology in the arts from around the world. You can find these in the Global R&D section of the site.

About the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts

The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts is a £7 million fund to support collaboration between organisations with arts projects, technology providers, and researchers. It is a partnership between Arts Council England, Arts and Humanities Research Council and Nesta.

The fund is no longer accepting applications but has supported over 50 projects in its lifetime.

About the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture in Scotland

The Digital Research and Development Fund for Arts and Culture in Scotland is a partnership between Creative Scotland, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Nesta. The programme ran from 2012 to 2014.

We invited arts and cultural organisations in Scotland to submit projects which tested digital propositions around audience reach and engagement and new business models.

With the £500,000 Fund, we wanted to support collaborative partnerships between arts and cultural organisations and technology providers; and to provide a body of rich research evidence, data and case studies that inspires and supports the capacity of the wider arts and cultural sector to innovate.

We funded ten projects across Scotland. Research reports, case studies and short films on each of the projects are now available on this website.

Ynglyn â’r Gronfa Ymchwil a Datblygiad Digidol i Gelfyddydau Cymru

Mae Cronfa Ymchwil a Datblygiad Digidol i Gelfyddydau Cymru yn bartneriaeth rhwng Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru, Cyngor Ymchwil y Celfyddydau a’r Dyniaethau a Nesta.  Cefnoga’r gronfa sy’n werth £400,000 bartneriaethau cydweithiol rhwng sefydliadau celfyddydol a darparwyr technoleg i’w galluogi i archwilio ffyrdd dyfeisgar i ehangu cyrraedd ac ymgysylltu cynulleidfaol neu i ddatblygu modelau busnes newydd drwy ddefnyddio technoleg ddigidol.

Cwblhawyd dwy alwad am geisiadau ac mae’r gronfa bellach ar gau. Cyhoeddir canlyniadau’r chwe prosiect a ariannwyd yn gynnar yn 2015; gellir cadw mewn cysylltiad a darllen y diweddaraf am y prosiectau drwy’r wefan hon.

About the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales

The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales is a partnership between Arts Council of Wales, Arts and Humanities Research Council and Nesta.  The £400,000 fund supports collaborative projects between arts organisations and technology companies, allowing them to explore innovative ways of enhancing audience reach and engagement or to develop new business models through the use of digital technology.

The fund has completed two calls for submissions and is now closed. Results from the six funded projects will be published in early 2015; you can now stay in touch with updates from the projects via this website.

Credits

This site is produced by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts team in partnership with a small learning team led by Rohan Gunatillake with Emmie McKay, Erin Maguire, Tim Jones & Suzy Glass. Design is by Studio Rydo and web development is by Infinite Eye.