Following on from the Digital Pick and Mix event in 2016, Arts Connect offered 3 digital bursaries to organisations to help deep and broaden their digital offer through research and development in their chosen field.

We will be hosting a symposium late in the autumn were individuals can find out more about the R&D and outcomes from the work.

The successful projects are:


Birmingham Royal Ballet 

Birmingham Royal Ballet are keen to embrace new technologies and use them to start conversations in ways they have not previously been able. Through the use of augmented reality they are looking to create engaging digital content that tells the story of their production of Aladdin and gets the next generation of theatre goers aged 12 to 19 – who may not previously felt comfortable engaging with them – talking about ballet and the theatre in a new way as it goes on tour around the UK.


Ruth Hopkins – K’antu Ensemble

Ruth Hopkins has provided workshops since for SEN Schools, both independently and with her group K’antu Ensemble. She works with children aged 4-19, with a wide range of needs including autism, severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).

Ruth wants to research which technology and digital practice can support learning through music in SEND schools. The long term aim is to develop an app for teachers to support the work of live musicians working in their schools.


Coventry Libraries and Information Service

Coventry Libraries and Information Service believe that augmented reality could be used to generate a buzz around reading in younger people, and they would like to explore this hypothesis further by asking the question: ‘Can new digital platforms such as augmented reality be used to create & develop high-quality book reviews to encourage digital literacy among younger people?’

The initial concept is to approach Year Five classes from various primary schools with low literacy levels and encourage them to take part in recording augmented book reviews. Once the reviews have been created they will be exhibited in their Central Library in October 2017. These exhibitions can also be re-created and shared across all Coventry Libraries, primary schools and The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. The augmented book reviews can be accessed either through a chosen app (currently in the testing phase) by scanning the relevant book cover or by scanning an accompanying QR code.