Nesta’s Scottish R&D Fund for Arts and Culture announces funded projects

Profile photo of Ashley Smith Hammond By Ashley Smith Hammond
7 June 2012

AmbITion Scotland partner in Digital Development announced the first R&D projects to be funded

Following the launch of the £0.5 million Fund in January, over 50 projects applied for funding and awards were made totalling £262,000. The successful organisations & projects are:

  • The National Piping Centre working with Yellow Brick House (£24,700) – they will be supported in developing an online portal to deliver high quality bagpipe tuition using webinar technology and streaming services that will allow remote teaching to anywhere in the world.
  • An Iodhlann on the Isle of Tiree working with Community Information Technology (£21,300) – the local community will be supported to use existing local archives to create mobile experiences for visitors to the Isle of Tiree, including solutions to overcome local difficulties of poor mobile reception.
  • Lyceum Theatre Company and the Cultural Quarter working with tictoc (£62,234) – working with local partners (The Filmhouse, Traverse Theatre and Usher Hall), this project will create a new shared online and mobile-based marketing programme, particularly designed for cross-selling between venues and targeting young adults and students.
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts working with Lucky Frame and Denki (£24,050) – working with two Scottish ‘digital toy’ experts , DCA will embed technologists within the organisation and give them freedom to work to improve experiences of both staff and visitors through “gamifying” the process which they use to support increasing engagement with audiences, experimentation and developing dynamic ticketing models.
  • National Galleries of Scotland working with Kotikan (£42,715) – this project will build an app called “Art Hunter”, a free, multi-platform mobile app to drive people to see more art in Scotland.  Aimed at both art lovers and new audiences, each month a hand-curated, themed selection of ten “must see” artworks will be published through the App.  Users will then be able to visit the artworks and register the fact by scanning a barcode displayed with the work.  This will tick the item off their list and unlock extra content which could include super high resolution images, video, hidden details or links to other works.
  • Glasgow Film Theatre and Edinburgh Filmhouse working with Distrify (£90,000) – will explore new business models through the use of digital technology to expand audience reach and engagement through cinema curated Video on Demand (VoD) using the “Day and Date” business model by releasing a slate of six different films.   

The Fund aims to support art and cultural organisations to work with digital experts to understand and test the potential offered by new technologies. Ideas were sought that would help organisations connect with wider audiences and explore new ways of working. The projects will be undertaken over the next 12 months and each will be rigorously evaluated to produce new data and research insights that can be shared with, and benefit, other organisations in the arts and culture sector.

Joining the partnerships will be a team of researchers led by the University of Stirling, in partnership with University of Strathclyde and University of St. Andrews.  Funded by the AHRC, researchers will bring a range of skills to these projects including the analysis and interpretation of data, support for developing engagement and dissemination strategies and evaluation.

For further information about the Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture, visit

1 response to Nesta’s Scottish R&D Fund for Arts and Culture announces funded projects

  1. National Galleries Art Hunter sounds great, just noticed this. Hope it helps promote the wonderful art we have here in Scotland.