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Meet the 2023 Digital Culture Awards Shortlist

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After hundreds of entries and two rounds of judging, we’re excited to announce the Shortlist for the 2023 Digital Culture Awards!

Chosen by our expert Judges – leaders at the apex of digital and culture – these entries all showcase a dedication to utilising digital technology to change, grow or reach audiences. They represent the breadth and strength of digital innovation happening across the country, and are brilliant examples of how technology can streamline, transform and bridge divides.

Learn more about all the entries using the below buttons, and be sure to cast your vote in our two People’s Choice categories – Being Social and Digital Inclusion. Voting is open now until 12pm on Monday 20 March.

Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations again to those who made it to the Longlist – the Judges all highlighted how strong every entry was, and how difficult it was to narrow them down to just a few.

Congratulations to the 2023 Digital Culture Awards Shortlist – we can’t wait to find out who wins on 29 March!

I was hugely impressed by the quality of entries and the energy of the nominees who brought them to life.

Zoe Amar, Digital Ambassador Judge


Meet the Shortlist

Being Social

  • Crab Museum – Creating a Radical and Unhinged Social Media Strategy for a Very Real Museum
  • National Theatre – Engaging TheatreTok Fandoms at the National Theatre
  • National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – Empowering Young People to Takeover – New Social Strategy at National Youth Theatre
  • Shakespeare North Playhouse – The new theatre in town needs an audience
  • Vagina Museum – The Vagina Museum enters the fediverse


Digital Inclusion

  • Beacon Films CIC – Virtual Visionaries
  • Nottingham Playhouse – Virtual Reality Headsets to Improve Accessibility at Theatre Performances and Touch Tours
  • Oily Cart – Sound Symphony At Home
  • Sense Charity – Moving Portraits: a dancefilm accessible for everyone
  • Walk the Plank – Green Space Dark Skies

Prizes for Shortlist and Winner supplied courtesy of Accessible by Design


Digital Content

  • Dante or Die – Odds On – an interactive short film about online gambling
  • Limbic Cinema – Rewild – Portsmouth
  • Walk the Plank – Green Space Dark Skies – large-scale outdoor arts events


Content Creator

  • Lucy Hammond – ‘Monoliths’ – Transporting the atmosphere of outdoor performance into virtual reality
  • Roland Lane – ‘SONZAI’ – A ground-breaking mixed reality art installation at the V&A in London
  • Sam Bartle – ‘What Was Here?’ heritage tourism app – For transforming how we access and use archives

Prizes for Shortlist and Winner supplied courtesy of Factory International.


Digital Ambassador

  • Joe Strickland – Theatre Maker, Digital Producer and Creative Technologist
  • Julie Nicholson– DigitalMe: Tell your story. Change the World
  • Nick Corston – Bringing creative community events to life online through collaboration, connection and the creative use of cardboard and code


Digital Transformation

  • DaDa – DaDa Holograms R&D
  • East Riding Archives and Museums (East Riding of Yorkshire Council) – ‘What Was Here’ heritage tourism app – For transforming how we access and use archives
  • Henry Moore Foundation – A new website and organisation-wide digital overhaul


Income Generation

  • Brunel Museum – Art of Engineering for Crowdfunding over £22, 000 for a new display
  • Brunel Museum – Brunel Museum Online Shop
  • Dundas Digital – Dundas Digital
  • We The Curious – Launching an online shop to generate income for We The Curious’ charitable aims


Using Data

  • Durham Music Service (lead partner in the Darlington and Durham Music Education Hub) – Creating data dashboards to engage more young people and schools
  • LEEDS 2023 and Open Innovations – LEEDS 2023 Data Microsite
  • Watershed Arts Trust – Balance & Belonging


Tech Champions’ Choice

  • Blast Theory – Their bold approach to organisation-wide digital development
  • Josie Whitehead – Her commitment to digital skills development to preserve her legacy and connect with her target audience
  • LeftCoast – Their agile approach to utilising digital technology to share their mission


Join the livestream

We’ll be streaming the in-person ceremony live to YouTube from 12pm on Wednesday 29 March. Hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Emma-Louise Amanshia and featuring our expert Judges – join us live to see who wins!



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