Project information

Intercultural Digital Arts

By giving access to inexpensive, dynamic websites to minority ethnic creative practitioners in North East England, we will raise their profiles and enable more of them to be identified and programmed into the region's main venues, galleries and institutions more regularly and successfully.

April 2011 - April 2012

Charity information: NECDAF Intercultural Arts

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  • Need


    The region's BME artists are under-represented in the programmes of its major venues, galleries and cultural or educational institutions. There is poor communication between artists. Regional venues; unaware of the talent around them, programme nationally touring artists to increase the cultural diversity of their programmes. Regional artists are overlooked and have few career development opportunities. A lack of archiving restricts sector growth: artists lack access to historical information.


    We will provide accessible, dynamic websites and an archive to artists, help them to exploit their promotional potential, programme their work online to "Subscribers", raise their profiles and increase access to them by venues, galleries and institutions. We will pioneer use of digital communication to bridge gaps between sub-regions. We will ensure that venues are aware of regional artists and that artists are aware of and responsive to the professional standards expected by our major venues.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To establish a network of websites promoting regional artists and groups and their work to venues.


    » Commission and promote ; 'generic' website templates that can be easily personalised to creative practitioners and to 'host' these sites on a server.
    » Promote artists and regional Minority Ethnic Arts by commissioning Curators to produce "Seasons" of work accessible online by "Subscribers" & Members.
    » To championn greater use of digital communication such as skype and instant messaging between creative practitioners to improve sub-regional links.
    » To promote the service energetically regionally and nationally to artists, groups and venues, galleries and institutions.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...a minimum of 100 Members and 100 Subscribers in 2 years with an average of 1,000 website users per month. In addition: an accessible digital archive of BME work.

    Aim 2

    To increase the cultural diversity of the programmes of regional venues etc. with regional artists.


    » To map regional cultural venues, resources, support agencies & information sources to create an accessible database aimed at creative practitioners.
    » To map regional minority ethnic creative practitioners identifying their locations, skills, experience, availability etc. & identify development needs
    » To ensure regular updates reach key individuals in major regional venues, galleries and institutions alerting them to emerging projects and work.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...2 artists programmed into major venues in each of the 4 sub regions as a direct result of our work each year.

  • Impact


    Artists will be better able to access past information to promote their work to clients and communicate with each other.
    The profie of minority ethnic arts and regional artists will be raised.
    Venues & instiutions will be more willing to programme local artists as our work has helped to develop new audiences for their programmes.
    Regional artists will have better contact with national and international networks and with their own communities and several will have national profiles.


    Practitioners and subscribers may not sign up to the service: we have created a Regional Forum: a partnership with artists and clients to maintain links and promote servicesand activities. We have identified grants to support artists access to the service. They may not keep their information updated; our Project Coordinator will make regular checks.

    Technical services may fail: we will use a server service with 24hr support and secure back-up.


    Monthly progress reports are delivered to our trustees, additional reports on the development of the project will be published online and sent to donors as they require. Reports will include feedback from the users group.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,400 Member Services Guest curators, online programming, user-group meetings
      £4,400 Web Dev & Support Web developer (2hrs per wk) software development, server rental.
      £6,250 Content Mgt/Editing 5hrs per week
      £1,150 Sales Promotional activities.
  • Background


    North East England is the oart of England with the smallest BME population. minority ethnic communities are growing and art and culture offer opportunities for effective community cohesion through shared cultural experiences. North East England is large but sparsely populated, cultural resources are centred in Newcastle-Gateshead. We need better communication between minority communities for better collaboration particularly in the Tees Valley and Creative Practitioners can facilitate that.


    Primary beneficiaries will be minority ethnic creative practitioners and those who work 'interculturally' in North East England.

    The communities those artists represent will benefit from increased focus on their arts and cultures and increase social cohesion through inclusive cultural experiences in major regional venues.

    Venues etc will benefit from access to ethnically diverse creative practitioners for their programmes and workers for their staff groups.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are "The voluntary sector development agency for minority ethnic arts in North East England". We are partially supported by Arts Council England North East to deliver this strategic regional function. We broker partnerships between organisations and agencies across our region for strategic developments in the minority ethnic arts 'sector'. In recent years we have raised our own profile by delivering projects for regional and national agencies and have garnered significant regional support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Steven Walker

    Steven is our Project Coordinator with day-to-day responsibility for the administrative services including website updating and member liaison.

    Leo Parris

    Leo is our web developer. He will create software for the databases, design (with Steven) website templates and maintain the main IcA website.

    Oscar Watson

    I will provide oversight, promotion and coordinate the members group that will help to steer the project's development and manage links with users.

Intercultural Artists, Newcastle January 2011

Intercultural Artists, Newcastle January 2011