The AHRC, Arts Council of Wales and NESTA are working in partnership on the Digital Research & Development Fund for the Arts in Wales. The Fund aims to test ideas and to pilot new ways of working in the arts and achieve a ‘step change’ in performance, either by expanding audience reach and engagement and/or by opening up new ways of generating financial revenues. The call for Expressions of Interest from Research Team Consortia is open. Further details and information on how to apply can be found on the Nesta website.
The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts will test digital propositions through careful research design and then disseminate research findings to other arts and cultural organisations.
Desired outcomes from the R&D fund include: a portfolio of case studies that inspire deeper and wider audience engagement with the arts, and a better understanding of emerging business models; new relationships between technology companies, researchers and cultural institutions that lead to collaborations beyond the fund; demonstration of a successful model for supporting digital R&D in the arts, and a rigorous definition of digital R&D in the arts that is used to inform policy development.
The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales is looking for a research consortium to help select the supported projects and to deliver the research outputs.