Culture Consortium Leeds (formally Leeds Culture Club) is a newly-formed cultural partnership which seeks to take up long term opportunities to develop and promote Leeds as a city with a high quality, inspiring and internationally appealing cultural offer. The partnership of cultural venues represents the arts offer across the city region through its members: East Street Arts, Harewood House, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds College of Music, Leeds Museums & Galleries, Northern Ballet, Opera North, Phoenix Dance, Royal Armouries, The Tetley, University of Leeds, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Yorkshire Dance and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We aspire to the Leeds City Region becoming one of the top cultural destinations in the UK and a place that attracts and retains talent.
Leeds Culture Strategy has as an area of focus creating a 'Fast-paced city of cultural innovation', and goes on to say:
"Leeds must prepare to not just take advantage of the future but to create it. The world around us is rapidly changing and we cannot tell what it will look and feel like in the future, how we will live our lives, what our reliance on technology will be and how this is integrated into our culture. In an industry that changes by the hour we must learn to respond quickly, reduce red tape and build pace, energy and dynamism into our ethos in order to stay ahead."
This event will be an evening to find out more about the synergies and challenges across each sector. A panel from both the cultural and digital sectors will discuss some of the issues and opportunities facing both areas.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park - Sculpture Cam
Commissioned by The Space, which is supported by the BBC and Arts Council England, ‘Sculpture Cam’ is a new web-based app which allows visitors to experience and interact with sculptures from literally every angle, and then create, save and share 3D animations across social media. We launched the app in beta in December 2017.
Presenter: Nina Rogers, Head of Marketing & PR
Royal Armouries – Digital Engagement Strategy
Having undertaken an extensive internal review, Royal Armouries is looking to build a digital infrastructure that will allow it to be more flexible in its approach and engaged with its public. The review highlighted some of the challenges the Royal Armouries needs to overcome. The resultant strategy and our associated plans for the coming years set out our philosophy for how we will use digital across all channels to engage with our visitors.
Presenter: Richard Williams, Head of Interpretation
Opera North – The Lullaby Project
The Lullaby Project films musicians performing at the Howard Assembly Room at Opera North as they sing or play a lullaby. Each individual lullaby is unique and personal but as a collection they paint a deep and moving picture of this most fundamental of human songlines. https://www.operanorth.co.uk/projects/lullaby-project
Presenter: Dominic Gray, Projects Director
Other digital projects that our partners are working on:
Leeds Museums and Galleries - MyLearning
MyLearning is a website run by Leeds Museums and Galleries offering free, National Curriculum-linked learning resources from arts, cultural and heritage organisations. The website is currently being completely re-designed and will be re-launched in June, so now would be a great time to start talking about it http://www.mylearning.org/
Contact: Izzy Bartley, Digital Learning Officer
University of Leeds - Performance piece
The Matter of the Soul | Concentration
Contact: Dr Kat Austen, Cultural Fellow in Art and Science, Cultural Institute, University of Leeds
University of Leeds – Digital Art project
A possible provocation could use a juxtaposition of the analogue projector I used for the first projections on clouds vs the subsequent digital cloud projection installation. Although the digital solution is 4 years quicker, it changes the cultural exploration into the nature of the image when you have the options of 1000 images in the clouds over deciding on 1. Digital approaches often leave culture cold and due to the instantaneous, vast array of options, people often don’t consider the composition of the questions they should be asking.
Information here projectnimbus.net.
Discovery channel feature documenting the digital projection at davelynch.net.
Contact: Dr Dave Lynch, Cultural Fellow in Art and Science, Cultural Institute, University of Leeds