Arts Council England and the Digital Culture Network present the Digital Culture Awards – celebrating digital and tech innovation in arts and culture.

The first Awards, held on 20 January 2022, received more than 400 entries from 279 arts organisations from all disciplines, and celebrated the creativity, resilience and digital innovation of the arts and cultural sector.

The winners each showed themselves to be trailblazers in the digital space, creating and sharing content which engages new audiences, increases organisational revenue, using data to improve audience insights, or showcasing best practice in digital leadership.

The categories were judged by a panel of experts and leaders from the arts and tech worlds, and we received an impressive 3000+ votes across our 2 public voted categories.

Meet the 2022 winners by visiting our Previous Winners page, reading their Case Studies or watching the recording of the event below.

Take part in the next Digital Culture Awards

If you’re interested in being a Judge or Partner for the next Digital Culture Awards, drop us a line today.

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Watch the 2022 Awards Ceremony


All organisations eligible for Arts Council England funding can apply. You just need to work for (or with) a not-for-profit arts and culture organisation in England and be submitting a project or activity which was implemented in the last 2 years. Funded disciplines include: Dance, Theatre, Music, Visual Art, New Media, Combined Arts, Literature, Museums and Libraries. You don’t currently need to be in receipt of funding. Sector Support Organisations are also eligible to apply.

Your entered project or campaign must have taken place (wholly or in-part) during the 2-year eligibility period of 1 October 2019 to 31 September 2021.

As Arts Council England is a publicly funded body, sadly we are unable to offer cash prizes, but winners will get recognition, publicity and will be featured in a Digital Culture Network Case Study.

Fame! If shortlisted, you and your entered project(s) will be shared on Arts Council and Digital Culture Network comms channels and put on the radar of tech and arts sector experts. We will produce shareable video assets for the shortlists and the winners will be featured in a Digital Culture Network Case Study on this website. You can add our “Digital Culture Awards Shortlist/Winner 2021” banner to your emails and other external comms and will receive a digital certificate and even a physical trophy!


In the first round, each category will be longlisted by an expert team of Digital Culture Network Tech Champions and the Arts Council England Innovation team. In the second round, an independent industry expert Judge will pick their top entries which will be the Shortlist for each category. For the 2 People’s Choice categories, we’ll then open it up to you to pick your favourite. All winners will be announced during the live virtual Awards event.

You can enter the same category multiple times as long as you are entering a different project or campaign.

You can, but please ensure each entry references the category criteria.

To view the entry form you will need to register on the Zealous platform. You can then explore the forms for each category. You can draft and edit your entry as often as you like up until which point you press the “submit” button. We’ve tried to make entering as simple as possible – all we’re asking for is some background on the project, your contact details, a few supporting assets and 3 questions specific to the category.

Safely and in accordance with the Arts Council England privacy policy. Your application will be shared with Judges for the longlisting and shortlisting round. If you make it to the shortlist round, parts of the application will be shared publicly. More information about what we will share publicly can be found in the Guidelines for each category on the Zealous platform. Your contact details will not be shared with the Judges or publicly.

Us! Please get in touch on and one of our team will be able to help you.