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Date: 26/01/2017

Rural Media – the Hereford-based production company and charity – has scooped yet another award; this time in the form of £37,809 from Arts Council England for their new ‘Digital Roots’ creative technology programme.

The charity will establish a rural network with a new Digital Arts Centre at its heart, aiming to truly explode creation, quality, consumption and distribution of artistic moving image in the region. The Charity will recruit a Creative Technologist-in-Residence to complement their existing artistic expertise and stage a series of Creative Technology Summits that will bring together artists, organisations and technologists from across the West Midlands to form the new network.

Rich Matthews, Development Producer at Rural Media, explains:

‘We aim to better connect and share learning across our community while also growing our own capacity and learning to reach new levels of excellence. We’re very excited to be able to bring together artists, technologists and companies to show off the region’s huge creative potential.’

Nic Millington, CEO adds:

‘The grant comes at a time when an exciting new spirit of collaboration, energy and ambition is manifest across the County. Furthermore, this renaissance is being led by cultural organizations themselves with full support of local government.’

This comes when Herefordshire is reaching a crucial tipping point:
- Success for the proposed University would in turn bring huge economic benefits to the region including arts and heritage organisations
- There are capital expansion plans for the Courtyard Centre for the Arts
- Plans for a new high-tech County Library are well advanced
- Creative Connections Herefordshire, funded by Arts Connect and Elmley Foundation, has just launched, bringing cultural learning opportunities across the County to children and young people (0-25yrs) 
- Brightspace Foundation has funding to develop a Herefordshire Destination Plan