Bridging Distance in the Creative Industries

Digital Performance

This group of projects catalogues, analyses, and evaluates the tremendous advances in digital innovation, which artists and stakeholders in the creative industries have made during the pandemic.

Analogue Performance and Creative Industry Structures

These projects have examined how hybrid modes of performance, and new, more responsive structures in the creative industries, have offered unique opportunities to address structural inequalities and exclusions in the sector.

Libraries and Heritage Sites/Experiences

Arts and humanities projects have focused on how libraries and heritage sites/experiences have re-calibrated engagement and practice in response to the pandemic.

Museums and Exhibitions

This group of projects have traced and analysed the considerable impact of the pandemic on the museums sector, offering a macro view of museum vitality and investigation of how museum strategies and practices have responded to the pandemic’s restrictions.

Digital Performance

Collaborative Solutions for the Performing Arts: A Telepresence Stage
Professor Paul Sermon – University of Brighton

COVID-19: Widening access to Arts and Culture through video streaming
Dr Richard Misek – University of Kent

Digital Theatre Transformation: A Case Study and Digital Toolkit for Small to Mid-Scale Theatres in England
Professor Pascale Aebischer – University of Exeter

The application of motion-capture technology is telematic and virtual dance performance through a framework for long-distance remote communication
Dr Daniel Strutt – Goldsmiths University

The New Real – Trust and Acceptance in Networked, Online Experience to Enable and Support Post-COVID-19 Recovery
Dr Drew Hemment – University of Edinburgh

Analogue Performance and Creative Industry Structures

COVID-19: Impacts on the cultural industries and implications for policy
Professor Ben Walmsley – University of Leeds

Outside the Box: Open air performance as pandemic response
Dr Evelyn O’Malley – University of Exeter

Performing Leadership Differently: Co-Creating Collective Strategies for Change
Dr Amitabh Shambhu Rai – Queen Mary University of London

Reinventing the Live Arts Event with Local Arts Communities: COVID-19
Dr Sarah Pogoda – Bangor University

Responding to and modelling the impact of COVID-19 for Sheffield’s cultural ecology – a case study of impact and recovery
Professor Vanessa Toulmin – University of Sheffield

The Health, Economic, and Social impact of COVID-19 on PROFESSIONALs in the ARTs
Professor Aaron Williamon – Royal College of Music

Libraries and Heritage Sites/Experiences

Downloading a new normal – privacy, exclusion, and information behaviour in public library digital services use during COVID
Dr David McMenemy – University of Strathclyde

DREEm: Digital, Regneration and Experience Economy Modelling
Professor Jane Harris – University of the Arts London

Online teaching and learning with digitised collections in Higher Education contexts
Dr Catherine Eagleton – University of St Andrews

UK Literary Heritage Sites and Covid-19: measuring impact, enhancing resilience, and learning lessons
Dr David Rudrum – University of Huddersfield


Digital footprints and search pathways: working with National Collections in Scotland during Covid-19 lockdown to design future online provision
Professor Gobinda Gopal Chowdhury – University of Strathclyde

Making it FAIR: understanding the lockdown ‘digital divide’ and the implications for the development of UK digital infrastructures
Professor Julian Richards – University of York

Museums, Crisis, and Covid-19: Vitality and Vulnerabilities
Professor Elizabeth Crooke – University of Ulster

UK Museums during the COVID-19 crisis: Assessing risk, closure, and resilience
Professor Fiona Candlin – Birkbeck, University of London

Visitor Interaction and Machine Curation in the Virtual Liverpool Biennial
Dr Leonardo Impett – Durham University