bloc // January 3, 2004

New Media Curation ⁄⁄

Date: Thursday, 1st April, 2004
Time: 9.30am for 10am to 4pm
Venue:Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells

This day seminar has been programmed for Curators, Commissioners and New Media Practitioners in Wales.


Janek Alexander – Director, Chapter Arts Centre
Michael Connor – New Media Curator, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT)
Beryl Graham – Research Fellow in New Media, University of Sunderland and Co-Editor of Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss (CRUMB)
Honor Harger, freelance curator and artist, former Webcasting Curator, Tate.

Currently in Wales, there are few examples where Local Authorities or the Arts Council of Wales have developed arts policies and funding avenues specifically for new media. However, in other areas of the UK there are some good examples of new media projects which have been strategically developed through Local Authorities and Arts Council funding.

Although officers often have a range of responsibilities in various artforms with small budgets, new media’s potential inclusivity, the ability to unlock other funding channels and its emphasis on innovation make it a potential avenue for development. LAs and Arts Councils are promoted as `strategic partnerships’ but often have different strategies ´ can new media be a unifier and means of production and communication.

Presenters from Local Authorities and Arts Councils in England and Wales will present projects and the policies behind them, and discuss some of the issues and challenges of developing new media projects. The presentations will be followed by a round-table discussion on the possibilities for developing arts policies and funding avenues specifically in the area of new media. The event will provide delegates with an insight into a range of new media projects and ideas for developing stronger partnerships.


Simon Mundy | Chair of Bloc, writer and cultural policy advisor

Helen Cadwallader | Visual Arts Officer: Media Arts, Arts Council England: National Office

Emma Geliot | Senior Arts Development Officer (Visual Arts), Arts Council of Wales

Anne Hayes | Digital Media Co-ordinator, Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council


This seminar has been financially supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Powys County Council.

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