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4 February 2013

'Crossing the River' Delegates Announced

The delegation of UK cultural leaders and policy experts travelling to China this March has been announced. The group will engage in two major forums, focussing on the impact of digital on cultural organisations and the research elements arising from this work.

The UK currently leads the way in the development of innovative, experimental partnerships between cultural organisations and the digital production sector.Partly driven by funds such as the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts (a partnership between Nesta, the Arts & Humanities Research Council and Arts Council England) and the cultural sector’s need to build audiences using new technology platforms, these skills and this expertise are increasingly of interest to creative hubs around the globe.

The British Council’s Creative Economy Unit and partners AHRC and Nesta have invited a delegation of distinguished representatives from this cultural+digital space to travel to China to take part in two major forums, networking events and related research activities. Amongst the group are practitioners from several internationally renowned organisations, includingTate, Sage Gateshead and the RSC.

The forum themes include ‘Audience Development and Engagement’ ‘Artform innovation’ and ‘Research and New Perspectives’. The forum in Beijing will be followed by a networking event in Shanghai and another forum in Hong Kong.

UK Digital Team -

Dominic Parker, Director of Marketing Communications, Development and Customer Services, Sage Gateshead

Conor Roche, Innovations and Partnership Digital Associate, Roundhouse

Will Doward, E-commerce and Operations, Artfinder

Jane Finnis, Chief Executive, Culture24

Richard Slaney, Head of Digital, Philharmonia Orchestra

Rob Elkington, Head of Education Partnerships, Royal Shakespeare Company

UK Research Team -

Professor Nigel Llewellyn, Head of Research, TATE

Sophie Rochester, Founder, The Literary Platform

Professor Tim Wall, Director of Research, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research

Hasan Bakhshi, Director of Creative Industries Policy and Research Unit, Nesta

Philippe Schneider, Independent Researcher representing Nesta

Speakers from China’s cultural and creative industries include –

Yang Lei, Exhibition Director, China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts (CMoDA)

Qi Qingguo, Deputy Director of Research, Beijing Capital Museum

Dai Qing, Director of Douban Read, Douban

Delegates will present recent digital work and findings in their field,take part in discussions and panels, and share views on methodologies and developments in the sector.

Discover more about the background for the project here.