What is the value of online cultural engagement?
What does meaningful digital engagement look like and does it change the way we value culture?
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In the current climate, it’s likely that the growth in online cultural engagement in the UK will continue for the foreseeable, as cultural organisations have pivoted the focus of their work from live experiences to digital output and engagement.
But how does online engagement change the way we value culture? What can we learn from organisations that have found ways to engage with audiences and the community with and without using digital engagement, and what is the emerging research telling us about digital engagement with culture and its associated new ways of creating value?
In this session you’ll hear from Kim Wide, CEO and Artistic Director of Take A Part, an organisation that has focused on in-person engagement through lockdown, Portia Tremlett, Public Programme Engagement Officer at Novium Museum, who are developing online field trips for schools, Rishi Coupland, Head of Data Intelligence at National Theatre who brought theatre into our homes, and Hasan Bakhshi, Director of the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre, Nesta, which recently published a report into online cultural consumption.
Hasan is the Director for the AHRC’s Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC), led by Nesta. He has published widely in academic and policy outlets on topics ranging from creative industries to technological change and macroeconomics. At the PEC, Hasan’s work has included leading the PEC’s collaboration with the Intellectual Property Office to track the cultural consumption behaviours of a cohort of adults in lockdown. Prior to Nesta, Hasan was Executive Director at Lehman Brothers, Deputy Chief Economist at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and an economist at the Bank of England. Hasan is a trustee of Darbar Arts, and sits on a number of boards relating to economics and statistics, including the Council of the Royal Economic Society. In 2015 he was awarded an MBE for services to the creative industries.
Rishi Coupland is Head of Data Intelligence at the National Theatre, where he leads the Data Studio and is a member of the NT’s Senior Management Team. Prior to this, he was Head of Audience Strategy (National Theatre) and Marketing Services Manager (Southbank Centre). Rishi began his career as an engineer in locations across Europe. In 2017 Rishi was awarded a Clore Fellowship. Rishi is a board member of the Arts Marketing Association and London Arts and Health Forum.
Portia is the Public Programme Engagement Officer at the Novium Museum, Chichester, where her time is spent developing and delivering the public programme of exhibitions and accompanying events. Portia works in conjunction with the Collections Officer in the care and management of the collection, and the Learning and Community Engagement Officer in the development and delivery of the learning programme.
The Novium Museum received an ArtFund grant to do virtual field trips for schools based on their Roman collection, awarded through Art Fund’s Respond and Reimagine programme.
Kim is Founder and CEO of Take A Part CIC, an award winning co-commissioning model, developed and managed by communities – the Arts Action Group.
Kim built Take A Part from a pilot project initiated in 2006 to become an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. She has also established Take A Part Carlow (ROI) and We Create (Cheltenham) based on the Arts Action Group model of working. Additional strings to her bow are initiating the South West branch of the Social Art Network and founding Social Making – the UK’s only biennial symposium on socially engaged practice.
Ben provides strategic and research leadership for the Centre, develops our profile and builds partnerships with the academic and cultural sectors. He also leads on our relationships with stakeholders.
Ben is Professor of Cultural Engagement and Director of Research and Innovation in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds. His research encompasses arts management, arts marketing, audience studies and cultural policy, with a focus on audience engagement and enrichment; change management in the arts; and cultural value and leadership.
Prior to his academic career, Ben had 10 years’ experience in arts management, most recently as Producer at the National Theatre of Scotland.