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The Believers Are But Brothers, Javaad Alipoor

Maturity Index Workshops

Added on, 15 May 2019

Arts Council England and National Lottery Heritage Fund are working in partnership to create and pilot a Digital Maturity Index and Digital Cultural Code for the cultural sector as part of the DCMS’s Culture is Digital initiative.

If you’re not sure what we mean by those terms, please don’t be put off. In a nutshell, we’re aiming to provide a set of simple, guiding principles and a self-assessment website that will help cultural organisations understand how they could be making the most of digital technology and approaches across their work.

Our collaborative team is led by The Space and includes Culture24, The Audience Agency, University of Leicester and Creative Coop, We are currently working to create the online tool, which will complement other activities supporting the development of digital literacy amongst those working in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors.

Please join us at a consultation event

As part of this work, the partners are hosting a number of sessions to consult and gather feedback and insights on the work carried out so far. We have already run sessions in England and Scotland and have these future events planned:

  • Belfast - Thurs 27 June 10:30am - 3:30pm - Duncairn Centre, Duncairn Avenue, Belfast, BT14 6BP
  • Cardiff - Friday 5 July, 10:30am - 3:30pm - Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL

Representatives from arts and heritage organisations are invited to spend this time with us interrogating and offering feedback on some of the initial work undertaken.

We’re not looking for people with particularly ‘digital’ roles or backgrounds, though some of those are welcome too. We’d like a cross-section of perspectives, leaders and practitioners, from different sizes and types of organisation. You won’t need to do any preparation or have any prior knowledge. Just bring a willingness to share your responses and advice as we take you through a series of conversations.

What’s in it for you?

We’ll provide lunch and time to network, plus you’ll get to spend a few hours:

  • Working with a group of digital specialists to explore what ‘digital maturity’ means for heritage and arts organisations
  • Developing your personal understanding of the issues around digital maturity and what they mean for your organisation
  • Influencing the development of a digital code of practice and maturity index for the UK arts, cultural and heritage sectors
  • Having interesting conversations with a group of colleagues from a range of cultural organisations - airing and sharing the challenges and opportunities digital brings.

What’s in it for us?

  • An opportunity to share our work in progress with some of our target audience in a constructive, facilitated environment, with enough time and space to have considered and free-ranging conversations
  • Deep learning from your insights and responses that will inform the way our project develops.


To reserve a place, please RSVP to geraldine.oakley@thespace.org, letting us know which session you would like to attend. Please also let us know whether you have any access or dietary requirements, as lunch will be provided.