VOLUNTARY ARTS WALES OPEN FORUM:
20.07.2012 - 20.07.2012 / Conferences
: Digital creativity & the ‘new amateur’ Cardiff
The Atrium, Cardiff, July 20
The open forum will also be webcast live and interactively – join the discussions from 1pm on 20 July at www.vaw.org.uk/openforum.
The digital revolution has made it much easier to receive information from a multitude of sources, and through an array of media and devices. Hand-in-hand with this proliferation comes the ability to produce and publish your own creativity in any number of exciting new ways.
A generation ago, you may have had a television but that didn’t mean you could make television programmes – today, if you have a computer, you can produce as well as receive many types of creativity … music, film, photography, the written word, animation, games and so on. As we have seen, the largest encyclopaedia in the world, Wikipedia, is created entirely by volunteers who love their subject.
We are living through the largest increase in the creative capacity of individuals ever, the complex landscape of amateur production radically altering the way we see the division between producer and consumer, amateur and professional, volunteer and employee. These categories have become fluctuating behaviours rather than permanent identities.
After a century mainly given over to consumption, we are now seeing the fruition of the ‘new amateur’ – the process of production in which culture was created by a small group of professionals for a large group of consumers is over, and all of this has implications for the support we provide for voluntary arts groups in Wales.
• How should the voluntary arts sector embrace and involve the 'new amateurs'?
• How will individual involvement in local voluntary arts groups change?
• What are the implications for traditional voluntary arts groups?
You are welcome to join us for the first in a series of meetings hosted by Voluntary Arts Wales to discuss the digital revolution and its implications for voluntary arts groups and organisations, at ATRiuM, 86-88 Adam Street, Cardiff CF24 2FN on Friday 20 July 2012 from 12pm to 3pm.
Attendance at the open forum is free but places are strictly limited. Please reserve your place early by emailing Sioned Best at firstname.lastname@example.org, with details of your dietary and access requirements.