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The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales supports two new innovative digital projects.

The Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales supports two new innovative digital projects.

Support for two new digital innovation projects in Wales announced
Today, Arts Council of Wales, Nesta, and Arts and Humanities Research Council announced that a further two arts projects will receive funding from the £400k Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in Wales. Each of the R&D projects are testing the use of digital technologies to widen audience reach and engagement or develop new business models in the arts, with the purpose of developing useful products, services and knowledge for the wider the arts sector.

The arts organisations that are being supported and who are receiving a total in excess of £100k are Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw and Community Music Wales.

Oriel Plas Glyn – y- Weddw is situated in Llanbedrog, between Pwllheli and Abersoch, on the Llŷn Peninsula. It first became a public arts venue in 1896 and is today recognised as Wales' oldest art gallery. The gallery will work with its technology partner – Cwmni Da - to develop a mobile application which utilises new location-sensing iBeacon technology to deliver exhibition-related content to visitors to exhibitions at the gallery. Working alongside the Art and Design Programme Area at Coleg Menai, they will also develop a prototype mobile application for the Fine Art’s department’s exhibition at Coleg Menai. Students from the college will provide creative content for an application which uses location aware technology to enhance the work produced for their June exhibition. iBeacon technology is a feature on the latest mobile devices and projects which utilise the new technology are rare.

Community Music Wales is Wales’ leading music charity and has a reputation for excellence both nationally and internationally. Working with technology partner Zequs, Community Music Wales will develop Tocyn, a ticketing and crowd funding platform that will allow audience members to donate their booking fees to one of a number of community arts projects. The aim is to develop an innovative digital ticketing system that re-purposes the traditional booking fee as funds to be distributed to community focused arts projects. The project is inspired by the token giving concept seen at some supermarkets after checkout.

The traditional online crowd funding concept relies on the consumer financially supporting a commercial product or service they wish to purchase or subscribe to in return for exclusive access or personalised added value. Tocyn aims to take the concept of crowd funding to a more philanthropic, socially inclusive and community funded level. It will enable individuals to financially support community arts projects that they feel relevant to the wellbeing of their own communities.

Gwyn Jones, Oriel Plas Glyn – y- Weddw commented: "This funding allows us to explore with partners the potential of integrating modern technology in an established arts environment. This is an age of great transition - we have to embrace and take benefit out of this."

Adam Williams, Community Music Wales added: "We’re delighted to be successful in being awarded funding from the Digital Research & Development Fund for the Arts in Wales. This is essential in helping us develop, and contribute to our strategies and creativity for future sustainability. I believe it will reveal valuable insights into how digital culture can have a positive impact on localised economies, creativity and wellbeing within our communities. It will help us facilitate our need to explore new ways of thinking, providing data to answer questions, and present us with opportunities for new and exciting challenges. "

For more information please contact Siân James on 029 2044 1344 or email sian.james@artscouncilofwales.org.uk

About the Digital Research & Development Fund for the Arts

The Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts in Wales is a partnership between the Arts Council of Wales, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Nesta to support arts projects across Wales that work with digital technologies to expand audience reach and engagement and/or explore new business models for the arts sector within Wales.

This £400k fund aims to support collaborative partnerships between organisations with arts projects and technology providers to provide a body of rich research evidence, data and case studies that inspires and supports the capacity of the wider arts sector to innovate.

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