Interesting


Why the arts and culture sector really wants to love data.

26 April 2018, Elizabeth Cochrane

“It’s been an excellent collaboration. I think we’ve learnt a lot from each other and really valued the different perspectives and culture that Golant Media Ventures have brought to the whole project.” Leo Sharrock, Director of Data Platforms A user-centred approach is often the only way to unpick a knotty problem. We have been supporting The Audience Agency (TAA) to solve the mystery o...


GMV; helping ACE with ToV.

19 April 2018, Pete Cornes

Or, why we’re getting rid of acroynms as a small part of helping Arts Council England communicate better. Accreditation for museums is a big part of what the Arts Council does. It’s how they help museums ready themselves for the common challenges the sector faces. By going through the accreditation process, museums know they’ve done what they need to face the future. The challenge for Arts Co...


What will resilience mean in 2030? How can the arts and culture sector build a more resilient future?

12 April 2018, Patrick Towell

What will resilience mean in 2030? How can the arts and culture sector build a more resilient future?...Whether you love or hate the term ‘resilience’...whether you think it’s a useful idea or not ...whatever it means to you (and even if it means nothing to you) ...we want to hear your thoughts! To get involved go to arts-culture-resilience.org/ Arts Council England is working with us a...


Understanding audiences in the visual and applied arts sector in Wales

26 March 2018, Chris Brown

Chris Brown is an artist, musician and co-founder of the artist-run organisation g39. In his current position of company director he is responsible for strategic development of g39 within Wales, the UK and beyond. At g39 we’ve have had the good fortune to be working with GMV since 2016, exploring innovative ways to improve relationships with non-ticketed audiences in the arts. Our partnershi...


Winning Innovate UK Funding for Service Design

21 March 2018, Elizabeth Cochrane

Sometimes you have to think outside the usual funding streams to make strategic projects happen. This is particularly true when trying to solve a systemic problem. GMV recently assisted The Audience Agency (TAA) in making a successful bid to Innovate UK, the government’s technical strategy bureau, accessing funding earmarked specifically for projects that take a service design approach in me...


Innovation Opportunity of the GDPR for Media & Publishing - report from the Digital Catapult workshop organised by GMV

16 March 2018, Richard Leeming

The media industry could be about to face its biggest ever shake-up due to GDPR - that’s the message from the #GDPRinnovation seminar produced by Golant Media Ventures at The Digital Catapult on March 15 2018. Speaking in a panel session to close the workshop, GMV's Patrick Towell urged publishers and media companies to make a fundamental shift in how they value their customer data. He believe...


It's been a busy six months

23 February 2018, Patrick Towell

Given how quiet our ‘Interesting’ blog has been recently, you might think that not much has been happening at Golant Media Ventures. In fact it’s just the opposite. We’ve been busy with a thousand and one different projects! Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing some more in-depth case studies and blog posts. In the meantime, on the digital front, we’ve been… Creating Digital Policies an...


Why GDPR is an innovation opportunity for media and publishing businesses

14 February 2018, Richard Leeming

It’s human nature to regard the imposition of new regulations as a headache, as an expense, as a diversion to getting things done. It’s counter-intuitive to think of new regulations as a catalyst to innovation. But that’s how we see the General Data Protection Regulations that come into force in May this year. Golant Media Ventures and the Digital Catapult are holding a workshop on the Inno...


How can digital support resilience and sustainability?

24 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

If there has been one message in this series, it is this: digital is not an end in itself, it is a means to an end. Digital can have many different benefits for arts organisations, including increasing audience engagement and facilitating the creation of new kinds of artistic works. One important impact is to drive the development of new business models, necessary in an environment of budget ...


How can we make new stuff stick?

24 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

Procuring a piece of technology – or even paying for it – is often the easiest part of the journey. We’ve found that technological innovation today often reverses the old 80/20 rule – meaning that the cost of a project is 20% technology and 80% organisational change. As Jane Finnis, CEO of Culture24, comments: “Digital is a signifier of the bigger changes that organisations need to make. The n...


How to choose the right digital technologies

22 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

We need QR codes.We need an app.We need VR. ...but do you, really? With a vast range of new technologies grabbing the headlines, it’s easy to think that you need to keep up by adopting the latest trend. Many arts organisations have a story about a board member or member of the senior management team suddenly deciding that QR codes are the latest thing in digital (may they rest in peace!). ...


Where can you find inspiration and support for digital transformation?

21 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

If you’re working in a publicly funded arts organisation, it’s natural to look to the rest of the publicly funded arts sector for inspiration. Your contacts and networks are there, as are your closest direct comparators and competitors. Your fellow arts organisations have a similar culture and face similar demands, pressures and funding requirements. Yet an exclusive focus on the arts sect...


Join us - find out how to take GDPR from risk to opportunity

17 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

Is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) keeping you up at night? Join Golant Media Ventures and Digital Catapult for an afternoon workshop to develop a practical vision-driven roadmap to prepare for May 2018 – and learn how you can benefit from GDPR. Coming into force in May 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation is a response to fundamental changes in the personal data lands...


What's the point of investing in digital technology?

16 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

Why spend money on technology when you could be spending money on art and artists? This is a recurring question – asked by artists, board members and senior management alike. Many arts organisations see ‘digital’ or ‘technology’ as a separate strand of work, something that distracts from their artistic and public value mission, rather than being integral to them. This is a mistake. In isolati...


Innovation through digital technologies – the challenge for culture

14 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

Organisations in the publicly funded arts, culture and heritage sector need to innovate. They are facing both funding cuts and heightened standards from funders. Audiences are bringing new expectations in terms of how they connect with arts organisations and the experiences and content they produce – through social change which is, in part, driven by technological change. These factors bring n...


‘What you really, really want’: media and entertainment companies in the age of the second paradigm shift

2 August 2017, Sophia Woodley

The tools created by the digital age are now enabling a second paradigm shift – to a world where ordinary people are able to control their personal data and gain value from it themselves. In a previous post I examined the implications for arts organisations. In this post I will discuss the impact of this paradigm shift on media and entertainment companies. ‘Big data’ has already had a big i...


Welcoming our new digital and content strategist

23 July 2017, Patrick Towell

We’re delighted that Richard Leeming is joining the Golant Media Ventures team as a Digital and Content strategist. He’ll help our clients work how to use their amazing assets to tell the stories that their audiences want to hear. One of the important things that Richard learned from his early career as a journalist is that the story always starts with the audience. It’s the same in digita...


KIWI – an open source CRM for the cultural sector

6 June 2017, John Denton

Innovation agency Golant Media Ventures has worked with contemporary arts support organisation Artsadmin to create a ‘culture edition’ of an open source CRM solution. Our starting point was to look at what kinds of data are important to cultural organisations. We created a model that reflects the diverse array of people beyond ticket-buying audiences – and the wide range of ‘stuff’ that a c...


New funding for human-centred design

26 May 2017, John Denton

From the number of news stories on British designers, you might think that we all understand the importance of design. But a recent Innovate UK report states that 68% of businesses never, or rarely, use design. If it is used, it is to make something look good rather to create better services or products. The Innovate UK report reiterates that they “see the greatest value potential in design [w...


The experience of art and entertainment

22 May 2017, Patrick Towell

…or why art & entertainment are not just about their authors and their works (with apologies to Susan Sontag) Each person’s experience of a ‘piece of art’ or ‘entertainment product’ is different, as it is subjective. Our experience is made up of our feelings – physical sensation as well as emotions – and more conceptual reactions which we may perceive as thoughts or which perhaps may...