Our public spaces and the people that animate them are the engines for both place-making and community development, and the crucible where our individual and collective identities are forged. Through diverse multi agency partnerships Digital Democracies explores the possibilities of the placemaking agenda to increase positive social impact and innovation. The project is supported by Place Partners: University of Lincoln, University of Brighton, Hull Libraries, Centre for Culture and Creativity, City of Lincoln Council, Lincoln BIG and NN Contemporary Art Northampton; as well as esteemed Tech Partners: the digital consumer intelligence company Brandwatch, along with hubs for digital innovation Lincoln Science and Innovation Park, C4Di Hull and Wired Sussex.
Samantha Lindley, Director of Programmes, Threshold Studios and Co-Director, Frequency Festival continued: “Working with a diverse set of producers and artists Digital Democracies aims to understand the challenges within the landscape helping shape commissions and opportunities to build a sustainable and inclusive UK-wide community-of-practice in digital and combined arts.
“Support for the creative industries to build on the UK’s international reputation for creativity is increasingly important. Our national cultural ecology must in turn be strengthened by talented artists from all communities, who have been given equal opportunities to develop their individual creative potential.
“By connecting partners from across the technology sector, universities, local authorities and artists, Digital Democracies aims to support, strengthen and invigorate digital innovation in the cultural sector. It will improve and diversify the opportunities afforded by technology through democratising access to networks, expertise and opportunities for artists, producers and audiences.”
For more information about the project, commissions and opportunities visit: www.thresholdstudios.tv/digital-democracies
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Digital Democracies is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and by Threshold Studios, Freedom Festival Arts Trust and Lighthouse through their partners and funders.