Our new Go Digital programme includes 12 new funded digital collaborations between artists and art organisations in Wales and Sub-Saharan Africa, and a research report examining the process of collaborating digitally.
In March 2019, we began an action research programme, looking at how Wales could best use its arts and cultural assets to promote Wales and its cultural and creative industries. In 2020, our research focused on the digital initiatives and responses of the arts and creative industries sector in Wales and the Sub-Saharan Africa region to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as mapping new opportunities and new innovations in ways of sharing and showcasing artistic work and practice.
The research found that technology has transformed the way we think about work. The report looks at existing digital connections between SSA and Wales, and draws out key learnings and recommendations made by the sectors, aimed at artists and organisations who want to start connecting with partners internationally.
A summary of the report is available here
Digital Collaboration Grants
We have always supported international artistic collaboration through our work. In response to increasing restrictions on global travel due to Covid-19, and rising concerns about the sustainability of face-to-face collaborations, we were looking for new ways to foster these international connections.
Grants of up to £8000 were awarded to 12 project teams in Wales and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to collaborate on digital creative projects.
This funding has enabled the project teams to devise new virtual ways of working internationally, in turn creating a climate-friendly approach to international collaboration and artistic exchange. We hope that the programme will develop new and existing networks, strengthen the economic and social development of Sub Saharan Africa and Wales within the international cultural sector, and enable strategic digital showcasing skills to be shared between Sub-Saharan Africa and Wales heightening the international reach and impact of both regions.
In 2022, the current projects will be invited to submit proposals to take their projects into a presentation phase. Whilst continuing to explore digital ways of working, the chosen project teams will be supported to present their content to audiences across Wales, Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.
An evaluation report is due to be published in April 2022.
Projects starting in 2021