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



March  2020

Date: 5th March 2020

Time: TBC

Venue: Midlands Arts Centre (MAC)

Details coming soon

When available, tickets will be bookable  here 



FEB 2022- FEB 2023

Programme duration:  12 months – 4 workshop days, stand alone sessions & a sharing event

Venue: Online/ In-person, Birmingham

Overview Arts Connect’s creative digital leadership programme will support arts and cultural organisations and individual artists to develop a leadership role in their digital practice as creators, instigators and deliverers of new digital practices, models, products and ideas. Participants on the programme will work alongside industry partners on a digital leadership and creation programme. You will develop and test new digital approaches, ideas and strategies which will enhance your artistic/cultural practice, your vision, reach and the impact of your organisation. The programme is for Arts and Culture organisations and freelance artists living in the West Midlands, whose practice includes engagement and participation. You will be:

      • Looking to include digital practice and thinking across your portfolio of work and not just in one off projects
      • Interested in leadership in your digital practice and creative output with an aim to become creators, instigators and deliverers of new digital practices, models, products and ideas. 

Throughout the programme you will work alongside Arts Connects Film and Digital programmer Rebecca Hardy, PDR – a world leading product, service and experience design agency, Digital mentors and other guests to develop, explore and prototype new digital ideas, approaches and products, create a digital strategy and plan for the short, medium and long term and deepen your awareness of digital artistic practice, IP and creative digital products/services. For further details please refer to the Introduction and Programme Content document please go to: Arts Connect Website


Date: 17 October 2019

Time: 9.30am-1pm

Venue: Birmingham Open Media (BOM)

On the morning you can expect to hear from a range of exciting artists and select a number of digital workshops to attend.  The event is for either venues or individuals within the arts and cultural sector who are interested in developing and sharing digital practice with an aim to increase opportunities for, and engage with, children and young people.
  • John Sear – Escape room/ A Moment of Madness – fusing theatre, digital and the city
  • Ben Neal – Digital Pinball Machine
  • Rosa Hinksman – Brain monitoring and facial recognition
  • Edie Jo Murray – Using VR experiences to make Arts experiences accessible
We’re incredibly excited to be working with BOM to produce this event who will also be the hosts for the morning.


Date: 22 November 2018

Time: 9am-5pm

Venue: Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Join us for the day in exploring digital in the arts and cultural sector. The event will comprise of digital sessions including Sound Design with Thor McIntyre Bruce from Aswarm, Light Design and Installation with Musson&Retallick, hands on practical session exploring low cost tech with Ashley Brown and Louise Latter and John Sears from Birmingham Open Media delve into our relationship with DATA and how we can create DIY Digital Interactives.

The day will also contain presentations from this years’ Arts Connect digital research and development recipients. (more details of R&D projects here)

Across the day sessions and speakers will provide delegates with a detailed look into the digital world and how digital is used artistically, commercially and promotionally across sectors.



Arts Connect are delighted to announce the recipients of this years R&D bursaries.

The bursary is designed to support research and development in the field of creative digital practice with children and young people. This years recipients are; Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust, Craft Space, Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust, Heritage & Culture Warwickshire (HCW) Archives and Rosie Kay Dance Company.

Find out more here: Arts Connect 2018 R&D summaries


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.


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


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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Arts Connect & BOM present a Digital Pick and Mix 2019, 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.

Find out more: 

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