We’re so excited to announce the Longlisted entries for this year’s Digital Culture Awards!

We received an incredible response to our open call and our first round Judges were so impressed by the innovation and creativity shown by every entry. Our external Judges are currently undertaking the difficult task of choosing a Shortlist for each category. We’ll be announcing those and sharing more details in December.

In the meantime, check out the list of over 75 organisations and individuals below and make sure you sign up to our mailing list and follow us on Twitter  to be the first to hear when we announce our Shortlist.

Digital Storytelling

Use of digital for impactful storytelling to engage audiences. Achieved by use of one or several connected narratives across digital media platforms with a strong audience-focused voice and story. Examples might include engagement campaigns for a new show/exhibition or your brand. Platforms could include text, images, video, audio, social media, website, apps, interactive elements and others. This category gives you the opportunity to showcase how you have innovatively used digital formats and technologies to tell a story about your organisation, project or your experience.

Longlist

  • Chinese Arts Now and Two Temple PlaceCAN X Two Temple Place Digital Exhibition and Immersive Performance
  • Dante or Die Theatre – User Not Found Video Podcast
  • Everything is Music (A collaboration between Crack Magazine and Landmrk) – Everything Is Music – a new location-based digital tour for mobile
  • Extant – Flight Paths
  • Focal Point Gallery and South Essex Homes – Contemporary Elders: Digital Connectivity
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens – Afro Historyscapes
  • M&C Saatchi x The Commonwealth War Graves Commission – CWGC – War Graves Week
  • Manchester International Festival – MIF21 Online
  • Rural Media – Rural Media’s Point Of View Project
  • The Margate Bookie – A Different LENS
  • Wild Rumpus CIC – Sounds of the Forest

Digital Inclusion

Innovation to widen access to artistic engagement. Examples might include inclusion of wider audiences through removing barriers to engagement with digital content or tools, access to technology, broadband, digital skills development, or improved accessibility of digital content. This category gives you the opportunity to showcase how you are building accessibility and inclusivity into your work to ensure everyone can participate fully in arts and culture.

Longlist

  • Chichester Festival Theatre – Empowering young people through digital inclusion and outreach
  • Cornwall Museums Partnership – Audio Archives
  • DanceEast – DanceEast’s Digital DanceHouse: widening access to high-quality dance for all
  • Furtherfield – The People’s Park Plinth
  • Music Masters – Friday Live! – A creative response to lockdown from Music Masters
  • Open Sky Theatre – MicroPlays by Open Sky Theatre
  • Pyramid of Arts – Development and facilitation of Leeds ‘Autism and Learning Disability Digital Inclusion Network’ (ALaDDIN)
  • Scenesaver – Scenesaver
  • Surface Area Dance Theatre – SUBPAC, Choreographic Explorations and the Feeling of Sound
  • Unicorn Theatre – The launch and first full year of Unicorn Online
  • Utopia Theatre – Utopia Theatre Creative Hub

Being Social

Use of digital to reach, grow and engage existing and new audiences. Examples could include a targeted campaign using one or more channels or developing and building an online community/group. This category gives you an opportunity to showcase your innovative campaigns and creative uses of social media and other digital marketing tools to grow social communities, extend your brand position and messaging.

Longlist

  • Black Country Living Museum – Engaging new audiences with creative video and social content
  • English National Opera – English National Opera’s Instagram Campaign
  • Firstsite – Art is where the home is
  • FORMAT QUAD in Derby – #massisolationFORMAT
  • Leeds University Library Galleries – From Special Collections to TikTok Sensation
  • National Youth Orchestra – #NYOdeToJoy
  • Street factory CIC – See Me
  • Together! 2012 C.I.C. – Together Online! Disability Arts goes digital
  • York Museums Trust – #CuratorBattle
  • ZU-UK – Binaural Dinner Date

Content Creation and Distribution

Development of creative content and innovative uses of digital technology to distribute cultural content into homes, cultural venues, community spaces or further afield. Content could for example include short/long-form video, audio, immersive, podcasts, and work that was designed (or re-designed) to be delivered digitally or in a hybrid format. This category is an opportunity for you to showcase innovation in digital content creation and/or distribution for your organisational goals and audiences in an impactful way.

Longlist

  • Alexander Whitley Dance Company – Digital Body Project
  • Ark Schools – Summer Sounds hybrid arts festival for the Ark network of schools
  • CEDA (Community Equality Disability Action) – When The Wheels Come Off
  • Complicité – Can I Live? Online tour of filmed performance
  • Kirklees Libraries (Part of Kirklees Council) – #libraries from home: connecting with our communities during lockdown and beyond
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘In the Stream of Life’: London Philharmonic Orchestra 2020/21 Season on Marquee TV
  • London Transport Museum – Digitising our Hidden London programme
  • National Theatre – National Theatre at Home
  • Open Clasp Theatre Company – Changing the World One Play at a Time
  • Opera North – Song of Our Heartland
  • RNLI Grace Darling Museum – Immersive multi-channel film installation: attracting new audiences by using emerging technologies to shine a new light on a national story
  • The Novium Museum – Virtual Field Trips from The Novium Museum
  • The Old Vic – OLD VIC: IN CAMERA
  • The Spark Arts for Children – Secret Stories from Belgrave in Leicester
  • The Wardrobe Theatre and Sharp Teeth Theatre – Sherlock In Homes – a innovative digital murder mystery
  • Vamos Theatre – How Hard is Waving?

Income Generation

Innovative digital revenue generation, monetisation or income diversification. Examples could include digital fundraising, online retail, new partnerships, crowd funding initiatives, virtual exhibitions and performances and digital memberships.
This category is an opportunity for you to showcase new and creative ways to monetise digital content or how you have developed new or existing income sources through digital.

Longlist

  • Arvon – Arvon at Home online programme of creative writing courses and events
  • Cornwall Museums Partnership – Beyond Digitisation
  • Heart n Soul – Heart n Soul Shop
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra and Marquee TV – Streaming Partnership between London Philharmonic Orchestra and Marquee TV
  • Music Masters – Music Masters – Instruments of Change in a time of change
  • Opera North – From Couch To Chorus
  • Real Ideas Organisation CIC – Real Ideas Membership and digital platform
  • The Tank Museum – Tank Museum Online Shop
  • The Wardrobe Theatre and Sharp Teeth Theatre – Sherlock In Homes – a innovative digital murder mystery
  • National Centre for Early Music – Early Music Online

Data Driven

Use of data to create meaningful organisational change or support strategic decision making. This could include the use of data gathering, analysis and insight for informed decision making or building an organisational data culture. This category is an opportunity for you to showcase how embracing a data driven approach to some or all your activity, has produced measurable and impactful results for your organisation.

Longlist

  • BH Live – Data Driven Organisational Change
  • BOM (Birmingham Open Media) – Queens Baton
  • Coventry City of Culture Trust – Coventry Cultural Place Profiler
  • Manchester Collective – Building audiences for new music experiences using data
  • Sound and Music – Using data to understand barriers to, and create opportunities for, new music
  • The Insights Alliance (A partnership of between Indigo Ltd, Baker Richards and One Further) Insights Alliance – Culture Restart Toolkit
  • ZU-UK – DATUM – Addressing inequalities, human rights and sustainable consumption through augmented audio and game-design

Digital Trailblazer

Organisational digital adoption and transformation. Examples include enhancing the digital literacy of your organisation’s leadership and teams, development of a new or existing digital strategy, or an increased adoption/integration of digital technology into the day to day running of an organisation, its processes, systems, business model or expansion into new opportunities. This category is an opportunity for you to showcase how innovatively your organisation has embedded digital practises into organisational structures, resulting in measurable change or progress.

Longlist

  • Ascendance – A new digital strategy & integrated digital technology
  • Create (arts) Limited – Create Live!
  • Creation Theatre – Pivot of Drama Teaching and Professional Theatre production to digital
  • Kingston Council – Digital Transformation of Kingston Libraries
  • Noise Solution CIC – Noise Solution CIC
  • NSDF – NSDF went online and welcomed in the world
  • Open Sky Theatre – The Digitisation of Open Sky Theatre
  • Sadler’s Wells – Sadler’s Wells: Digital Stage and Beyond
  • Tribe Arts – Off/Stage Zine
  • Unicorn Theatre – Launch of Unicorn Online

Emerging Digital Leader

Inspiring individual contributions to driving improved performance, making change in an organisation/project or increasing audience reach and engagement, with digital technologies as the enabler to this change. This leader could be from any level within the organisation, and of any skill level – they should be a creative and innovative force for change.

Longlist

  • Richard Loftus – Director of Sales and Marketing, B:Music Ltd
  • Michael Hardy – Digital Engagement Curator, Barnsley Museums
  • Hayley Pepler – Head of Content and Digital Broadcast, Coventry City of Culture Trust
  • Lucy Askew – Chief Executive, Creation Theatre
  • Daniel Alicandro – Head of Digital, English National Ballet
  • Sophie Waddy – Marketing and Communications Manager, Little Angel Theatre (now at The Albany)
  • Joanne Karcheva – Communications Director, Manchester Collective
  • Simon Baker – Technical Director and Digital Producer, Wise Children
  • Kenneth Tindall – Artistic Director of Digital, Northern Ballet
  • Maxime Pons Webster – Live Screening Producer, The Living Knowledge Network, the British Library