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ACE - Digital Policies & Programmes

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Our June Meetup for AoDL - on ‘ACE: Digital Policies & Programmes’ - will be held on 4th July 2011 from 6.30pm - 8pm at the Photographers' Gallery offices, 9 William Road, NW1 3ER

During our July Monthly Meetup we will be hosting a conversation about the Arts Council’s ongoing digital programmes, in training and funding, such as 'Building digital capacity for the arts' and 'Digital R&D fund for arts and culture'. These programmes are for the increased integration and development of digital technologies within arts and cultural organisations throughout England and Wales. Since the AoDL Meetups began, six months ago, the conversation has time and again steered itself towards the topic of ACE's policies on digital and so it was felt more than worthy of a full ninety minute discussion slot.

ACE’s most recent investigation into the relationship between arts and digital practices came about in reaction to the Digital Britain Report released by the government in 2009, which outlined a ‘vision’ for the future as a country at the leading edge of global digital economies. The Digital Opportunities scheme [masked]), under which AoDL was formed, was set up with the intention of gaining a better understanding of the impact that digital technologies were having on the creation, distribution and consumption of artistic practice. The Digital Opportunities scheme produced a body of research which culminated in a series of findings released in 2011.

ACE have since showcased their new programme, ‘Building digital capacity for the arts’ in partnership with the BBC Academy, to a London audience on 10th March 2011. The program is geared towards the practical implementation of the earlier research findings by providing a series of training seminars for organisations to develop their in-house digital strategies. The training program is already under way with the first of a planned six seminars having been staged. If you didn’t get the chance to go to the event - ‘Digital platforms: internet protocol television (IPTV) and apps’ - it was recorded and is now available via their new minisite.

The fund 'Digital R&D fund for arts and culture' recently announced an innovations research fund, which is a collaboration between ACE, NESTA and AHRC. The current round of funding has a total of £500,000 to distribute, with a deadline for applications of the 2nd Sept 2011.

This Meetup is intended as a general review of the current environment and we would encourage anyone who has attended any of these events to come along and share thoughts and experiences with the rest of the group.


The AoDL Team


Building digital capacity for the arts

Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture

Digital Opportunities - results reports