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This is a repost of a blog from the Digital Culture Network

Digital Culture Award Winners 2023

Arts Council England and the Digital Culture Network are delighted to share the winners of the 2023 Digital Culture Awards, celebrating digital innovation in creativity and culture.

The Digital Culture Awards recognise the best in digital transformation, digital engagement, and use of technology in creativity and culture. They received over 200 entries this year, from 166 organisations and individuals, coming from all corners of the country. Each entry highlighted the creativity, resilience and digital innovation which is embedded across the creative and cultural sector. The Winners – seven chosen by our expert Judges and two by public vote – are all setting benchmarks in how organisations and individuals can utilise the power of digital technology to transform, engage and grow.

We saw entries from museums prioritising their eCommerce offer for long-term sustainability and resilience, and from theatres taking their work direct from the stage to the people through innovative social media strategies. Organisations and individual creators shared their ground-breaking creative content and gave us an inside view of their digital transformation journeys. We learned that organisations are using data not only to inform their audience engagements plans, but also to understand their own staff better, leading to ground-breaking intersectional diversity and inclusion work. So many of the entries – and Winners – had inclusive practices at the forefront of their work, using digital technology to make work with, and for, those who are typically excluded from experiencing creativity and culture. One used vibrational technology to produce dance films accessible to everyone, another used animation to give a voice to vulnerable groups, whilst another undertook a hologram research project which has the potential to revolutionise the way d/Deaf audiences experience creative work.
This year’s Digital Culture Award winners show what can be achieved by creative and cultural organisations who harness the power of digital technology, particularly when it comes to making and distributing work for diverse and representative audiences. The high number of quality entries proved a challenge of the best possible kind for our Judges, and we’re thrilled to be able to share these stories of innovation and creativity as inspiration for the whole sector.

Sadie Abson, Digital Culture Network Senior Manager

We’re incredibly proud to present the 2023 Winners of the Digital Culture Awards and we guarantee you will be inspired by each of their stories. The Winners Using Data Watershed – Balance & Belonging Learn more about Watershed’s Balance & Belonging report Income Generation We The Curious – Launching an online shop to generate income for We The Curious’ charitable aims Learn more about We The Curious’ online shop Digital Transformation DaDa – DaDa Holograms research & development Learn more about DaDa’s Hologram project Digital Ambassador Julie Nicholson – DigitalMe: Tell your story. Change the World Learn more about Julie Nicholson and DigitalMe Digital Content Dante or Die – Odds On – an interactive short film about online gambling Learn more about Dante or Die’s Odd On film Content Creator Roland Lane – SONZAI – A groundbreaking mixed reality art installation at the V&A in London Learn more about Roland Lane’s SONZAI Being Social – People’s Choice Crab Museum – Creating a Radical and Unhinged Social Media Strategy for a Very Real Museum Learn more about Crab Museum’s unhinged social strategy Digital Inclusion – People’s Choice Sense – Moving Portraits – a dancefilm accessible for everyone Learn more about Sense’ Moving Portraits film Tech Champions’ Choice LeftCoast – Their agile approach to utilising digital technology to share their mission Learn more about LeftCoast The Shortlist The Winners were chosen from a Shortlist full of incredible entries. You can still explore their entries and we think you should check them out! Explore all the category Shortlists Feeling inspired to reach your digital ambitions?

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