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The #LGR19 programme

Join us in January to learn and discuss how cultural organisations can bring digital practice and social purpose together. Here you’ll find an outline of the conference programme. See more information about our speakers here. 

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Conference attendees sitting in a session

Credit: Flo Brooks Photography, Culture24 and the National Gallery

10.00-10.15 – Welcome 

Sejul Malde, Culture24

A brief introduction to the context and objectives of the day. We’ll explain why arts and heritage organisations must grasp the opportunity to connect digital practice with social purpose if they are to remain relevant to audiences, now and in the future.


10.15-10.45 – Session one: Challenge

Keynote: Matt Adams, Blast Theory: 

Science fiction you can hold in your hand

By reflecting on Blast Theory’s work using interactive digital media to engage audiences with social and political questions, co-founder and artist Matt will challenge how you think about the relationship between social purpose and digital practice in the context of your audiences.

Matt will introduce a 2097: We Made Ourselves Over, a science fiction project in Hull and Aarhus that invited communities across both cities to cast their imagination 80 years into the future. Matt will describe how, through designing interactive experiences with digital media,  science fiction can become personal reality.


10.45-12.00 – Session two: Reframe

Finding the ‘social purpose’ in ‘digital’

Exploring this area doesn’t have to involve developing new projects – you can make a bigger impact with your existing digital work by adopting a more socially orientated approach. Hear from a variety of speakers, from a range of different contexts, with ideas and inspiration for how to begin tackling this.


Jacob Davey, Institute of Strategic Dialogue : Internet Culture and Radicalisation: The manufacture of hate in the digital age

This talk will examine how extremist counter-cultures manifest and operate across a range of digital platforms, and the approaches which are being taken to mitigate the spread of online hate.

Romy Gad el Rab, Hyphen LabsDesigning ways to challenge bias through Virtual Reality

By discussing Hyphen Lab’s, NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism, an award winning three-part VR narrative inspired by the lack of  multidimensional representations of black women in technology, Romy will reflect on the role of VR in challenging bias.

Tony Bhajam, Doink: Humanising data through creative storytelling

Katrine Pedersen, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art: Revealing the blind spots of technology through art 

The ubiquitous nature of technology is transforming spaces, connection and interaction. Ever more sophisticated software enables new communication structures and provides opportunities for creating new learning environments. But as our lives  become increasingly channeled and managed  by artificial systems – tech also threatens to reduce humans to the status of commodification. This talk is about how to identify the hidden value concepts, the unconscious bias and blind spots of our digital culture as well as how to build ethical technology with art.

Chair: Sejul Malde, Culture24 


12.00-12.20 – Break


12.20-13.15 – Session three: Analysis

Placemaking and community building

We’ll do a deep dive into the themes of placemaking and community building. Speakers in this session will outline potential partnership opportunities for arts and heritage organisations to embrace digital approaches. They will discuss how such ways of working can foster more locally-sensitive placemaking strategies and nurture more connected communities.


Jo Morrison, Calvium: Digital Placemaking for Cultural Heritage. 

Drawing on extensive collaborations with arts and cultural heritage organisations, Jo will explore how the creative and judicious use of digital technologies can enhance people’s relationships with places.

Charlotte Frost, Furtherfield: A Platform for Commons Culture

Charlotte will discuss the work of Furtherfield, London’s longest running art and technology centre their approach to building a commons for the arts in the age of digital networks

Chair: Anra Kennedy, Culture24 


13.15-14.00 – Lunch


14.00-15.10 – Session four: Inspiration

Ideas for practical projects

Looking within and beyond the cultural sector, this session will explore a range of projects that are doing something creative and practical with digital technology in order to become more socially relevant. Be inspired to run a feminist Wikipedia editathon or support a community’s mental health through interventions on Whatsapp and Facebook! Our speakers’ projects cover a range of digital tools and tactics, but all have an intention to do good.


Chris Rolls, 64 Million Artists: Creativity in Mind

Exploring the challenges and opportunities of online peer support groups fostering everyday creativity for individuals with mental health symptoms.

Katrina Sluis, Photographers’ Gallery and Kay Watson, Serpentine Galleries: Feminist Edit-A- Thons

Discussing a toolkit for hosting Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thons

Kerrie Suteu, Culture Coventry: Digital Enabling

Using digital methods to develop independence for young people with additional needs and abilities.”

Jennifer Trent Staves, Wellcome Collection: Using digital journalism to inspire social change in the museum

Chair: Jane Finnis, Culture24


15.10-15.40 – Break


15.40-16.40 – Session five: Action

Navigating next steps

Let’s make things happen! We’ll round off the day with a very action-oriented session, packed with practical advice. This hour will help you become more confident about embracing the opportunities and overcoming the challenges in moving your digital practice forward with social purpose.


Daniel Martin, Derby Museums

Ross Parry, University of Leicester

Steph Fuller, Ditchling Museum

Cliff Manning,  Parent Zone and Carnegie Trust

Chair: Anra Kennedy, Culture24


16.40-17.00 – Session six: Reflection

Conference plenary

Final thoughts and reflections on the day from delegates, speakers and social channels.


17.00 to 18.30 – Drinks

Meet fellow conference delegates and chat to speakers over a drink



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Posted September 27, 2018 in: Uncategorized by sejul

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