Leading UK art festivals connect to create innovative digital work for public spaces

We’re excited to announce Digital Democracies – a national project exploring technology enabled art in public spaces –  is launching in September 2020.

Led by Threshold Studios, Digital Democracies connects three UK-based festivals – Frequency Festival in Lincoln, Freedom Festival in Hull and Brighton Digital Festival – along with a network of associate partners and collaborators across the UK. The national partnership aims to strengthen the cultural sector with democratic and innovative digital combined arts in public spaces.

The project offers opportunities for artists and creatives working in digital to test new ideas and new work, access expert support and exhibit high quality digital work in public spaces – online and real world – for people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with.

Donna Close, Associate Director of Threshold Studios, explained:

“Bringing together expertise in outdoor art, digital innovation, social impact and place-based partnerships, we’re really excited about this project. Digital Democracies will ensure that audiences across the UK can benefit from innovative digital art in the public realm – working with artists to explore and share their own sense of place, identify and society.

“Festivals are incredibly well placed to lead the development of this exciting area of work. The experience of outdoor democratic spaces, audience diversity, place-based partnerships, and collaborative working are part of their DNA.”

Digital Democracies is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and by Threshold Studios, Freedom Festival Arts Trust and Brighton Digital Festival through their partners and funders.

Read the full news release.

Visit Digital Democracies project page.

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Upload Unplug, Pell Ensemble at Frequency Festival 2019. Photo credit Electric Egg.
Upload Unplug, Pell Ensemble at Frequency Festival 2019. Photo credit Electric Egg.