Art Machina and Museum Machina

Daisi’s Art Machina and Museum Machina projects are developing young people’s digital arts practice using innovative digital media, enabling young people across Devon and Torbay to use contemporary digital creative techniques within their visual arts making.

Art Machina involves a group of professional regional artists, young people, youth leaders and teachers.  Partners include i-DAT, SpaceX, Exeter Phoenix and Coombeshead Academy.

“It’s changed my perception of digital art, seeing how diverse and different it can be.”

“I was really surprised that artists use technology this way.”

Young people participating in Art & Museum Machina

Museum Machina works alongside Art Machina, and encourages young people to engage with the collections of Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) and The Box Plymouth as part of their digital art practice.

“There is a huge value in having artists who work in digital practice.  It’s really healthy for both our design and technology and our art department.”

Teacher, King Edwards School, Totnes

In preparation for Museum Machina, this report by Daisi researches the potential of RAMM and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery to utilise their museum collections as a source of inspiration for digital creativity with young people.

Art Machina is supported by Arts Council England, and Museum Machina is supported by RAMM and The Box Plymouth.

Please see Exeter Deaf Academy’s post about the project.

The Machina festival will be on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at RAMM and Exeter Phoenix. It will include exhibitions and screenings of young people’s work, and workshops, demonstrations and talks. Young people and their families are invited to come and view the work and join in the digital art making activities. Details of the programme will be available here.

If you would be interested in taking part in the Machina project with an artist running a digital art workshop at your school please contact Daisi.