Past Activities

Please note that any events listed here have already taken place, and any funding calls listed here have now closed.

Digital Design Weekend at the V&A

The V&A's Digital Design Weekend, which coincided with London Design Festival, took place in September 2014, was a weekend of events celebrating contemporary digital art and design. The Weekend included interactive installations, robotics, tinkering and inventive electronics, workshops, and demonstrations. Professor Jon Rogers (University of Dundee), Professor Andrew Prescott (University of Glasgow and the Digital Transformations Theme Leadership Fellow) and Irini Papdimitriou (V&A) compiled the Open Collaborative Making: A Digital Perspective publication to explore what people are making and what they think about the digital and the future of the digital.

You can read the publication online.

UnBox 2013

The UnBox Fellowships 2013 brought together creative practitioners, artists and researchers from the UK & India for 4-6 week Fellowships to work together on a range of local research challenges. The project was a collaboration between UnBox, British Council, the AHRC, Science & Innovation Network.

The AHRC ran a call for applications to the Fellowships, which closed in November 2012, and which funded 5 booster awards. The five final reports from the projects are available to read:

UnBox 2014

Eight UK Researchers were awarded the opportunity to work with a team made up of creative practitioners and artists, alongside mentors to explore the theme of 'Future Cities'. This research was enabled by a partnership between the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Council, UnBox festival and the UK’s Science and Innovation Network.

The call document can be found online, as can details of those funded under it.

The AHRC also funded four follow on awards, as part of a broader collaboration between UnBox, British Council, Science & Innovation Network, supported by the REACT Creative Economy Hub and the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India. These follow on awards sought to build on the important work which began at the ‘Future Cities’ theme at the Unbox festival. Four teams who met through the UnBox LABS were given the opportunity to sustain, develop and expand creatively upon the collaborations formed. Further details of the awards can be found here.

Collaboration with Innovate UK on Data Exploration

The AHRC collaborated with Innovate UK to support a joint call for collaborative research and development proposals on Data Exploration as a part of the Innovate UK’s ICT strategy. Areas highlighted included the potential for technological innovation to address issues such as collaborative exploration, low-cost visualisation and immersive interaction with data (e.g. using interfaces such as touch, speech, gesture, emotion-sensing) across a range of sectors.

Details of the applications which were funded under this call can be found online.

Details of the call can be found on the Innovate UK webpages.

Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities: Big Data Workshop

The AHRC held a one day Big Data workshop on 25th June 2013 in London. The event bought together academics and representatives from non-academic organisations that are interested in analysing, interpreting, interrogating, and visualising big data from an Arts and Humanities perspective.

Presentations from the workshop are available at the following links:

The original invite document can also be found online.

Digital Community Research Co-Production Projects in the Arts and Humanities

Town Meetings

We held three town meetings across the country to launch the call for Digital Community Research Co-production projects in the Arts and Humanities. This call related to both the Connected Communities Programme and the Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities Theme. The Town meetings were held on the following dates:

  • Edinburgh – Thursday 23rd May 2013
  • Birmingham – Thursday 30th May 2013
  • London - Monday 3rd June 2013

These events have now taken place. The presentations are available on the AHRC's slideshare.

Theme Large Grants

Details of the call for Large Grants is currently available on the theme large grants page here.

The Digital Transformations Large Grants awarded were:

  • The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925, led by Professor Barry Godfrey at University of Liverpool awarded £1,719,324. Find out more about The Digital Panopticon project.
  • ‘Fragmented Heritage’ From the kilometre to the nanometre: Automated 3D Technology to Revolutionise Landscape, Site and Artefact Analyses led by Dr Randolph Donahue at the University of Bradford awarded £1,979,850
  • Transforming Musicology led by Professor Tim Crawford at Goldsmiths College awarded £1,965,976

Digital Transformations Moot

Visualising, analysing and exploring the arts and humanities; emerging forms of artistic and scholarly expression; and the question of how we transform scholarship using this deluge of data and technology. These are the issues at the heart of the AHRC’s ‘Digital Transformations’ strategic theme.

The AHRC’s Digital Transformations Moot was a day packed full of performances, presentations, discussions, demonstrations and a great deal of expert networking and debate.

The Digital Transformations Moot was an “amplified” event, which was streamed live via the AHRC’s website. It meant a great many people who weren’t able to attend the event, still got a taste of what was going on. There were two live video streams from the event: one covering presentations in the Moot Hall and the other roving around our Hack, Yack and Making spaces to capture all the activity and atmosphere these spaces were generating.

16 of these live streamed films are now available to view on a permanent basis via the AHRC YouTube Channel.

Highlights from the event complete with live interviews with exhibitors from the Hack, Yack and Making space are available on Storify.

Moot Further Information

The Programme for the Moot is now available to download (PDF, 771KB).

Research Development Awards

As part of the development of the Digital Transformations theme, the AHRC has commissioned a number of small awards for research networks and workshops, which may also include scoping studies or small research projects, under the Digital Transformations theme. A list of a awards can be found below.

Research Development Awards (PDF, 94KB)