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.