We are funding 12 new digital collaborations between artists and art organisations in Wales and Sub Saharan Africa.
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. Our research is now focussing 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.
Why a digital fund?
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 are looking for new ways to foster these international connections.
Grants of up to £8000 have been awarded to 12 project teams in Wales and countries in Sub Saharan Africa to collaborate on digital creative projects.
This funding will enable 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.
Researchers in Sub Saharan Africa and Wales will work with project teams to monitor and analyse new projects and feed into the action research reporting.
Projects starting in 2021