‘Tech champions’ to support digital capacities of arts across England

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16 Nov 2018

Arts Council England will employ nine people to each look after a region of England and provide advice and tailored digital support to organisations across the country.

NPOs rejected Arts Council-backed YouTube network

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09 Nov 2018

The lack of a marketing strategy in the first few years of the programme and the diminishing dominance of YouTube led to underwhelming take up of the multi-channel Canvas network.

Embracing business

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08 Nov 2018

As arts and cultural organisations rise to the challenges facing the sector, some are adopting new and ground-breaking templates for their relationships with business. Patrick Towell surveys the changing landscape.

The art of management

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08 Nov 2018

Artists are using their creative insight to advise business on strategies and methods of production. Catherine Morel and Philippe Mairesse explain how.

Reaching the iPhone generation

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30 Aug 2018

Arts organisations could be doing a lot to tempt potential audiences with a taster of their work. Steve Wallace explains how video could take more advantage of society’s growing visual literacy.

“Desperate need” for business skills laid bare

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20 Jul 2018

Creative and cultural organisations are struggling to recruit employees with fundraising and business support skills, a new report reveals.

Making learning messy

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12 Jul 2018

A training programme in Wales is helping teachers create environments of "constructive chaos" that their pupils can thrive in, reports David Baxter.

Driving growth with the cloud

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28 Jun 2018

Since moving its box office system to the cloud, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has increased online sales and started taking online donations, says Paul McGuinness.

Government invests £17m in new immersive experiences

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21 Jun 2018

Cultural institutions will collaborate with businesses to develop new audience experiences using virtual or augmented reality.

Towards a frictionless digital future

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21 Jun 2018

Technological and digital developments grow exponentially. The arts sector must take advantage of the technology available now and be ready for the digital changes ahead, advises Daniel Rowles.

Creative Scotland trials matched crowdfunding scheme

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06 Jun 2018

The launch follows research into the power of match funding to boost public donations to arts organisations and increase fundraising skills.

What it means to be really digital

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03 May 2018

With all the reliance on digital technology over the past decade, are arts organisations as digitally mature as they should be, asks Hannah Mason.

From fantasy to reality

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02 May 2018

As new technologies open up the possibilities for creativity in stage performance, a new children’s theatre production showcases the potential of augmented reality. Sasha Kreindlin tells the story.

Arts organisations urged to create ‘culture of digital experimentation’

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16 Mar 2018

New analysis by Nesta assesses the context in which UK arts and culture organisations operate as Arts Council England consults on its next ten-year strategy.

Arts Council to launch new £1m digital skills network

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09 Mar 2018

The DCMS has published an ‘action plan’ to help cultural organisations make the best use of new technology.

Arts Council reduces funding for The Space by 48%

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21 Feb 2018

The digital art agency has described its reduced budget as “an excellent opportunity to sharpen our focus”.

Magic and immersion: arts organisations to experiment with VR

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02 Feb 2018

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Pilot Theatre are among the organisations awarded grants of up to £20k to develop “riskier, content-driven projects”.

Try before you buy

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04 Dec 2017

A skills gap means that works using technology are still rare in arts centres and galleries. Artists need more opportunities for hands-on experience, says Andrew Knutt.

Hong Kong: Where dance and technology meet

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22 Nov 2017

In the lead-up to the opening of new venues in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, Anna CY Chan is embracing technology to broaden dance audiences and develop future talent.

The domino effect

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10 Nov 2017

Events are fickle things, prone to frequent last-minute changes that can cause chaos. Could your venue’s systems benefit from further digitisation? Andrew Thomas considers the issues.

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