Westminster Media Forum

Developing the digital capability of the UK cultural sector: investment, skills and IP

Morning, Thursday, 15th March 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will examine the next steps for supporting the use of digital technology in the UK cultural sector and the opportunities it brings for developing audiences, partnerships and revenue streams.

It is bringing together stakeholders with key policymakers as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport analyses responses to its Culture is Digital project which - following on from the Culture White Paper - is supporting cultural and technology organisations in working together around creativity, engagement and capability.

Delegates will discuss the development of digitally-driven business models - particularly around monetisation, marketing and distribution - and consider how to build closer partnerships with the tech and other sectors in order to find new ways of accessing funding and tap into the creative and commercial potential of technology, as well as opportunities for developing international content and expertise.

Further sessions assess the latest thinking on driving the digital capability of organisations of differing scales and at varying stages of development, and consider what further policy and industry support is needed - with a particular focus on cultivating organisational skills and wider digital expertise, the use of data to engage and widen audiences, and options for the development of shared digital infrastructure.

Guests of Honour

Helen Williams

Head of Digital Culture, DCMS

Andrew Horton

Director Digital, Partnership and Innovation, British Council

Guest of Honour

Helen Williams

Head of Digital Culture, DCMS


Rt Hon Edward Vaizey MP


Richard Ellis

Co-Founder and Director, MTM London

Fiona Morris

Chief Executive and Creative Director, The Space

Dr Ceri Gorton

Co-Director, Bird & Gorton

Andrew McIntyre

Director, Morris Hargreaves McIntyre

Toby Coffey

Head of Digital Development, National Theatre

Kathryn Geels

Policy, Strategy & Research Lead (Creative Industries), Digital Catapault

Chris Michaels

Digital Director, National Gallery

Andrew Ellis

Director, Art UK

Drew Wilkins

Co-Founder and Production Director, Fish in a bottle

Julie Tait

Chief Executive Officer, Culture Republic

Andrew Horton

Director Digital, Partnership and Innovation, British Council

Claire Hungate

Chief Executive Officer, Brave Bison

Francis Runacres

Executive Director, Enterprise & Innovation, Arts Council England