The Artist’s Perspective – ‘Digital as a Craft’

Thu 24 Oct 2019, 9:45am–4:30pm

Free, everyone welcome, please book
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Image: Ophelia's Ghost by Davy and Kristin McGuire-the opening of the Altered Festival 2015

Experience interactive artworks, hear from established artists and participate in discussions and activities relating to 'Digital as Craft'.

A one-day participatory symposium exploring digital participatory practice from the perspective of the artist.

The Artist’s Perspective – ‘Digital as a Craft’ will provide the opportunity to experience a variety of interactive artwork, hear from established artists and practitioners and participate in discussions and activities including work from the Jerwood Makers Open 2019.

The day focuses the artist perspective of digital and participatory work. Where participation is a necessity for funding or a key component of the development of artists work.

Speaking artists include Davy and Kristin McGuire (Studio McGuire), Zachery Eastwood- Bloom and Jason Wilsher-Mills. You will also hear from Debbie Cooper about Derby QUAD’s Digital Artist Training Programme. There will also be an opportunity for a guided tour of the Jerwood Makers Open 2019 and the chance to take part in a gallery sited silent disco.

The Artist’s Perspective – ‘Digital as a Craft’ is the third part of the Digital Participation Expedition with EMPAF, looking into the meaning and use of ‘digital participation’. Through a series of gatherings, EMPAF partner organisations, will be exploring examples of ‘good practice’, training, the work of inspirational digital artists, taking part in participatory digital sessions and starting wider and deeper debates about the role of new media in society in general and how this impacts positively or otherwise on our community and participatory work.

Events are designed to inspire conversation and debate through practical participatory activities. This will include workshop demonstrations by digitally focused organisations and facilitators, group discussions on the role of digital in participatory practice and an event discussion with leading professionals and organisations on what we mean when we say “digital participation”.

You can follow all the developments of the project via the hashtag #DigitalpARTicipationis

Lunch is provided. Please inform us of any dietary or access requirements by emailing when you book your place.

In collaboration with:


EMPAF is an open forum of leading cultural organisations across the East Midlands. Its aim is to explore the role of and development of participatory arts on a local, regional and national agenda.

EMPAF was formed ‘officially’ in 2006 but had existed for over 20 years before this as an informal networking group for the wide range of professional participatory and community arts organisations across the East Midlands.

EMPAF is a unique and nationally well-respected network, which is dedicated to championing the East Midlands as a Centre of Excellence for participation in the arts. We share practice and run joint initiatives to explore the potential for new methods and ways of thinking to enrich how people participate in creativity and culture. In the past we have run a symposium on ‘the Unselfish Artist’ and sent a delegation to the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF) every 3 years.

EMPAF currently includes artsNK/NCCD, Charnwood Arts, City Arts (Nottingham), East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network (EMCCAN), Excavate, Fleet Arts, High Peak Arts, Junction Arts, Level Centre, People Express, Platform Thirty1, QUAD, Red Lighthouse, Salamanda Tandem and Soft Touch.

Hosted by:

The National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD)

NCCD in Sleaford, Lincolnshire is the largest venue in England entirely dedicated to the exhibition, celebration and promotion of international national and local craft and design. NCCD boasts a main gallery and smaller interactive spaces that showcase an ever-changing programme of up to 20 exhibitions each year, from the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists to new and emerging talent.

Following a merger with artsNK in 2018, NCCD now offers enriching arts and cultural experiences across North Kesteven through a dynamic multi-arts programme of exhibitions, festivals, events, performances, community arts projects, retail and education initiatives.

This event has been scheduled to coincide with Frequency Festival, Lincoln’s biannual digital culture festival. Visit the Frequency Festival website for the full listings of events.

This event has been made possible with financial support from Art Fund for curatorial development activity through Jerwood Makers Open 2019

Image: 'Ophelia's Ghost' by Davy & Kristin McGuire from the opening of the Altered Festival 2015, featured at St. James's church in Aslackby


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