Digitised: Communities Online
Media and Arts organisations

Documentary portraiture project by photographer John Frederick Anderson.


Community photography project based in inner city Bristol


Visual art, photography, poetry, decorate eggs, poetry and prose from a Steiner community.


Photographic and cultural exchange project involving young people from Bristol and Oporto.


A collection of music, movies, animations and more by young people participating in creative digital media projects at Watershed.


Visual art, poetry, theatre performance and film made by artists with learning difficulties.


Here is a selection of arts and media digitisation projects now available online:

Applause South West

A collection of playbills, photographs, audio and video clips supported by text. The collection focuses on the theatre in Plymouth from 1750 to the present day, with some material for South West England.

Art and Architecture

The online collection comprises 40,000 images from art and architecture, bringing together the Courtauld Institute’s collections of paintings, drawings, and photographs of architecture and sculpture. The selection spans the period from 5 BC to the present and focuses mainly on works in the western tradition in Europe.

Arts Explorer

Led by Metier, the National Training Organisation for the arts and entertainment sector, the Arts Explorer consortium presents Arts Connect. This site brings together some of the leading players in professional development and information dissemination in the community arts sector. Arts Connect contains searchable information on community music and dance, literature and visual arts, including details of community arts practice, education resources, training, professional development and job opportunities.

Partners in Arts Explorer are:

Foundation for Community Dance




National Association of Writers in Education


Sound Sense




British Film Institute: screenonline

screenonline brings to life the history of British film and television, with hundreds of hours of digitised video, alongside thousands of stills, posters, production designs, press and publicity materials, unpublished scripts, personal papers, recorded interviews with filmmakers and actors, and interactive timelines.

British Music Information Centre

The British Music Information Centre Digitisation Project makes available for the first time up to 100,000 pages of score and background information plus recordings of composers in digital form on-line. Sound samples provide brief portraits in sound of several hundred composers, concentrating on British music written since 1960.

IMAGINE (Images, Museums and Galleries in the North East)

The art collection includes many significant British oil paintings and watercolours including those by artists from the North East of England, which are showcased along with Dutch, Flemish and Italian paintings from the 14th to 19th centuries. Glass, pottery, silver and metalwork also feature, including Maling pottery, Beilby and Sowerby glass, Sunderland pottery and glass.

inIVA Digital Archive

The inIVA Digital Archive makes available resources which have been historically undocumented and inaccessible to a wider public. Bridging the gap between contemporary art and culturally diverse audiences, the Digital Archive makes connections between contemporary artworks and everyday lived experience.

Learning for life

L’Ouverture’s sites focus on the skills needed to participate in the arena of arts and media. Aimup, for those aged 15+, encourages and supports access to the arts and the creative/media industries through improved knowledge and development of essential skills, especially communication, literacy, numeracy and information technology.


Luxonline is a free comprehensive on-line resource for people wishing to learn about and explore British artists’ film and video. Artists will continue to be added to this virtual archive in the coming months. The project develops an appreciation and understanding of the unique position between cinema and visual arts. Streamed content is only available to schools, colleges and libraries who must register for a licence.

PeoplePlay UK

PeoplePlay UK brings to life the performing arts with 1500 images from the Theatre Museum’s collections. Our Guided Tours will take you on a journey through the history of performance - from circus, pantomime and music hall to dance, drama, opera and the musical. This is an exciting new resource for anyone interested in the performing arts.

Royal Academy of Arts Digitisation Project: Inspiration

A project to digitise the Royal Academy of Arts Collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, casts, photographs, archives and historic books. A fully searchable database will allow a unique insight into artists’ working life from the 18th century to the present day.

RSC Pictures and Exhibitions digitisation project

The Royal Shakespeare Company Pictures and Exhibitions digitisation project has also includes a collection of digital images created to promote RSC productions from 1997 to present day.

SALIDAA (South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive)

SALIDAA’s digital collections cover South Asian literature, theatre, arts, dance and music in England. Digitised material ranges from creative writings to images of art works, flyers, programmes, photographs, scripts, letters, CD and book covers and costume drawings. Recent collections include record company Outcaste Records, writer Suniti Namjoshi, and the musician Kuljit Bhamra.

Showcase of Community Media

The Showcase, hosted by the Community Media Association, is the worlds first streaming media archive of radio, TV, film and video programmes, sound recordings, internet projects and training materials from the community media sector. Subjects can be searched under UK National Curriculum subject headings.

Side Photographic Collection

A documentary photography archive of lives and landscapes of Northern England. The online exhibition includes some 2,000 documentary photographs in over 80 bodies of work by more than 40 different photographers.

Tate Insight

Tate houses the national collection of British and international art from 1900 on. This strand of the project digitised additional works to complement an exisiting indexed on-line catalogue of Tate’s collection. The site moves beyond static 2D representation to experiment with new multimedia formats for presenting some of our more challenging works.

Watershed Media Centre

Watershed is the leading organisation for independent media in the South West; its mission is to provide opportunities for all to experience, enjoy and learn about contemporary moving image culture. Digitised: Communities Online is Watershed’s NOF funded digitisation project.

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