Arts Connect: Digital Pick and Mix

Digital Pick and Mix is Arts Connects umbrella title for the digital aspect of our programme. On this website you can access information on past and present events, bursary opportunities, research and development and resources.

Digital is an important part of our programme and we aim to support the arts and cultural sector through developing and sharing digital practice with an aim to increase opportunities for and, engagement with, children and young people.

To find out more about Arts Connects wider programme please go to the More Information section.

Events & Bursaries

 Find out about our digital events and bursaries past and present

Access apps and digital documents relating to our events


29 November 2017

Arts Connect presented a Digital Symposium in November 2017 at Birmingham Royal Ballet, containing the outcomes and findings from the 2017 Digital Research and Development programmes and a Keynote from Sharna Jackson. Coventry Libraries and information services, Ruth Hopkins and Birmingham Royal Ballet presented their ideas and research and there was then an opportunity for delegates to discuss and share other regional work.

At the Symposium we told delegates that we would be launching a regional Digital Network. Details of events and how to get involved can be found on this page.    


November 2016

Digital Pick and Mix was a day of practical sessions where people explored and unearthed the creative, artistic and technological practices being used by the creative, cultural and commercial sectors. Individuals selected a ‘pick and mix’ of sessions they wanted to attend and focused on either one area of content creation or explored a wide range of practices.

Catch up on comments, ideas and thoughts from the day via twitter #digimix16

Access the full programme of the day in the resources section here


In 2017 Arts Connect commissioned 3 bursaries for Digital Research and Development. These were awarded to:

Coventry Libraries and Information Service Can augmented reality improve digital literacy among Children aged 8-11 years old?

Ruth Hopkins – K’antu Ensemble Which technology and digital practice can support learning through music in SEND schools? And how can young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) truly access the digital world?

Birmingham Royal Ballet An examination of the role and impact that Augmented Reality can have on digital engagement in cultural activity for young people aged 12-19; through the use of new technologies, platforms and data monitoring.

Read the report here.


Arts Connect are excited to announce that we are commissioning three new digital R&D bursaries for 2018.

What is the Digital Bursary?

The bursary is designed to support research and development in the field of creative digital practice in relation to your work with children and young people. This could be through developing audiences, engagement or participation. The bursary can be used to connect with digital practitioners who can help develop and shape your ideas, build capacity for staff and/or to widen your understanding in a digital field.

Find out more about here: Arts Connect Digital Bursary programme – ROUND 2 2018

Apply by 5pm on Thursday 8 March.


Date: 1 March

Time: 10.30-12.30pm

Venue: The Studio, Birmingham

As part of our new digital network we will be running a series of events which will meet quarterly throughout the year. At these meetings we will share digital opportunities for children and young people, develop good practice and help shape and support the digital programme at Arts Connect.

If you’d like to be come to this event then please email: Gemma


Digital Network

We’re developing a digital network which will meet quarterly throughout the year. The aim of the network is to share digital opportunities for children and young people, develop good practice and help shape and support the digital programme at Arts Connect. The network isn’t just for digital experts, though of course experts are more than welcome but is also for those who want to develop their digital practice, find out more and contribute to a region wide discussion.

If you’d like to be involved in the network please email: Gemma

More information


Research and Development

Download our latest R&D reports and documents.

Learn More


Resources from our previous events can be found here.

Please note that apps were created by 3rd parties and Arts Connect cannot take responsibility for their content or functionality.

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Digital Network on 1 March is our next event, book here.

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Arts Connect

Arts Connect is the Bridge organisation for the West Midlands. Our aim is that all children and young people in the region can access and enjoy a rich and meaningful arts and cultural life.

We believe that meaningful engagement with the arts and culture contributes to a thriving childhood and impacts on learning, achievement, attainment, wellbeing, health, creativity, career options, progression into higher education and wider benefits to participating in society. Our purpose is to improve opportunities for children and young people aged 0 – 19 to access, engage in and connect with high quality arts and cultural activity.

We run a variety of programmes across the region, and champion Artsmark and Arts Award. Please visit us here for more information.

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