The Arts Council England (ACE) and Innovate UK have launched a £1m programme to support practitioners working at the intersection of arts and technology.
Responding to rapid developments in technology and accompanying shifts in ways of working, the programme supports groups of creative people who are exploring the place and impact of technology in our lives.
The programme will look at how best to support new talent and ideas emerging across a range of fields – from making to bio-tech, data and interaction and will also explore how this practice can best be sustained. especially how the different values it generates – artistic, social and commercial – can be capitalised on
Delivered through three organisations – Manchester Digital Laboratory (Madlab), Broadway in Nottingham, and Makerversity in London – participants in the pilot programme will be provided with the space, the tools, networks and the advice necessary to develop new practices, ideas, products and services. What we will learn from the pilot will help the funders better understand how arts and technology practices can flourish.
If you are an artist interested in technology and feel you can benefit from taking part, visit the ACE website.
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