Our team's aim is to create programmes that help people explore, learn and be creative with technology but at the same time discover and get inspired by the V&A collections. The Digital Studio will be one of the most exciting spaces of the Sackler Centre, equipped with the latest technology and cutting edge facilities for digital programmes and we are confident it will soon become a technology hub used by visitors of all ages.
Since January our team has been researching and planning digital programmes aimed at a variety of different audiences. We decided to run a few pilot events to help us have a better understanding of how visitors expect to use the Digital Studio and how we can use digital technologies to help people to engage with the collections.
We recently piloted two types of events, one for a group of young people aged between 14 and 17 years of age and a drop-in family event. Both workshops involved digital photography and image manipulation on Photoshop and all participants used the V&A's collections for taking photographs and as inspiration for their finished designs. The group of young people worked with digital artists to design an imaginary landscape poster based on the spectacular works of the China Design Now exhibition and objects from the Museum collections. The visitors at the drop-in event on the other hand, were asked to think about and design their B-Movie Poster inspired by the science fiction and horror movies of the 1950s using V&A objects as their staring point.
Both pilot events have been very useful and we received valuable feedback from all the participants. It was a good opportunity for our team to test some programme models before the opening of the Digital Studio and the outcomes have helped us in deciding how to best make use of our space once the Sackler Centre opens. Inparticular we need to find ways of of digital artists and educators working with larger groups rather than on a one to one basis.