Event To Bring Digital Innovators Together To Explore New Research Partnerships


Academics and those working within the creative and digital sector are being encouraged to attend a free event next month to identify the potential for new collaborations that can play a role in creating and sustaining culture, identity and community in the North.

‘Digital North’ is the second workshop in a series exploring the potential for collaboration between the N8 Universities and external partners in the arts and humanities sector.

The event will explore new areas where academics and those working within the digital and creative industries across the North can collaborate, as well as how to develop better methods of working towards truly collaborative digital arts projects and ensure success for academic researchers and practitioners alike. The workshop is part of the ‘New Thinking from the North’, project supported jointly by the Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC) and the N8 university partners and which aims to explore how universities can work more closely with the wider arts and humanities sector across the North to generate growth and address a diverse range of research questions.

The workshop, which is free to attend, will take place on 19 September at the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, from 9.30am to 4.00pm. Places can be booked online here.

Digital arts and humanities have become a defining feature of work both within and outside of academia and there are many successful digital projects which use research in creative ways. The Digital North workshop will draw upon the considerable research and practice experience of universities and creative industries in the North and aims to build on this, engaging participants in debate about why digital methods are important and relevant to the arts and humanities.

Topics to be covered at the event include ‘Computers and Music’ and ‘Digital Inclusion’, and speakers will be drawn from a variety of backgrounds, both academic and industry. The final programme is currently being finalised, but the draft programme can be found here.

The Digital North workshop follows a successful Heritage North event in Durham in July. Other events planned as part of the ‘New Thinking from the North’ project are:

  • Sustainable North – looking at how the economic, social and environmental development of the North are connected and how they can be made sustainable and resilient (Manchester, 30 October), and
  • Imaginative North – looking at how the imagination is being used to influence social and cultural development in the North (Lancaster, 21 November).

Click here for more information about the ‘New Thinking from the North’ research project.