Arts groups given funding for digital projects

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The Royal Opera House and Leeds-based Unlimited Theatre are among the cultural groups set to receive funding from Arts Council England for digital projects.

The Digital Research and Development Fund for the Arts, which was launched by ACE in partnership with Nesta and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will provide organisations with grants of up to £125,000 out of a total £7 million available.

Working in partnership with Kings College London and digital agency Pop, the ROH will develop a mobile app.

Unlimited Theatre will work alongside multiplatform consultant Storythings and the University of Dundee’s product research studio to develop a platform for storytelling on mobile devices.

Dance development agency Pavilion Dance in Bournemouth will also receive funding to create a gaming app called Dancetag that will allow users to upload films of themselves dancing onto a website. The organisation will work alongside game company Mobile Pie and the digital cultures research centre at Bristol’s University of West England.

Meanwhile Chichester Festivals, which holds music, science and literature events, will create a digital system to monitor the impact of live cultural events on audiences by working alongside creative research company I-DAT and Warwick University.

Funding amounts for each project will be made public once their proposals have been developed further.

The fund is open for expressions of interest and applications until December 30, 2013.

Alan Davey, chief executive of ACE, said: “Creating excellent art should be about taking risks, trying something new and learning from your mistakes. The Digital Research and Developement fund provides the logistical and financial support to help organisations get really creative and push boundaries by diving in to the digital world, which for many is uncharted waters.

“Not only does the fund give arts organisations the chance to find out how digital projects can really revolutionise the way that they interact with their audiences but it is also generating a wealth of learning from which the whole arts and culture sector can benefit.”