Developing digital public space

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10 Feb 2014

The growing demand for a digital public space, displaying work outside galleries through a variety of visual media, excites Mike Stubbs.

Digital fitness for all

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10 Feb 2014

AmbITion Scotland’s Make:IT:Happen fund aims to help Scotland’s cultural sector become digitally fitter. Ashley Smith-Hammond discusses its approach and some early results.

Playing with new tools

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10 Feb 2014

The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts has resulted in several playful yet valuable collaborations between the arts and technology providers and researchers. Jon Kingsbury describes four projects.

DCMS pulled strings to support the National Funding Scheme

31 Jan 2014

The digital fundraising pilot scheme was granted almost £100k from Arts Council England’s ‘hidden’ strategic fund and is now being rolled out nationally.

Contest for cross sector digital innovations

16 Jan 2014

Nine digital start-up businesses and SMEs are being given the chance to win a share of £225k and to work with cultural organisations as well as big-name commercial brands.

Tackling rural isolation

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09 Dec 2013

Word/Play is an initiative in Somerset for people with mental illness or a learning disability. Mark Helyar describes how it has engaged with this predominantly rural community.

Spectacular stories

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25 Nov 2013

Greg Klerkx believes that everyone has a story to tell, which he proved with a digital literacy project in Portsmouth.

Gauging digital depth

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19 Nov 2013

What sets the 'cultural digerati' apart from the rest? Hasan Bakhshi reflects on the findings of the ‘Digital Culture’ research into how arts and cultural organisations are using digital technology.

Commercial collaborations

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19 Nov 2013

The Royal Opera House has been sharpening its commercial agenda over recent years. Alastair Roberts describes how it has developed its brand licensing and media activities.

Digital technologies add to the bottom line

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15 Nov 2013

One in ten arts organisations is now reporting ‘a major positive impact on revenues’ from their digital activities, while a third claim that digital technology is essential to their creative work.

Playing with Shakespeare

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11 Nov 2013

Playful interaction is at the heart of all Globe Education’s digital activities for school-aged children, writes Patrick Spottiswoode.

Arts accreditation in schools

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11 Nov 2013

How can accreditation add value to creative work with young people? Alice Young discusses Arts Award, the qualification for the arts in schools.

The magnitude of marketing

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29 Oct 2013

How much has the arts marketing role changed in the last twenty years? Strikingly, says Sarah Chambers, who examines what is now required to market culture.

Stepping out of the silos

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29 Oct 2013

New approaches are refreshing our ideas about what constitutes art and science, and new technologies are enabling the blurred boundaries between the two to be broken down, according to Dick Penny and Verity McIntosh.

Digital award for Glasgow’s visual arts website

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25 Oct 2013

A social media-led website which showcases Glasgow’s visual arts scene has taken first place in the Public Sector category at this year’s Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards. 

BBC launches The Space Prize

22 Oct 2013

The BBC is to create a new award for digital innovation in theatres.

Digital commissioning evaluation reveals lessons to be learned

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11 Oct 2013

Arts organisations benefited from the digital development opportunities presented by The Space, but limited marketing, safe content and technological barriers undermined its impact. 

Beyond the locative experience

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15 Jul 2013

Caroline Greener believes that cultural centres should be reaching out to those who will never physically visit their venue.

Computing compatibility

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24 Jun 2013

With so many mergers taking place, Mahmood Reza advises that careful consideration is given well in advance to bringing together respective IT systems.

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