As part of strategies to ensure artists and the visual arts sector will continue to get access to timely, affordable products and services for the years to come, a-n The Artists Information Company has downsized its North East office. The Victorian Toffee Factory has been refurbished to high environmental standards and is already home to a vibrant cluster of media and digital companies. Set within Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley, neighbours include Star and Shadow cinema, Seven Stories and Northern Print.
a-n The Artists Information Company has brought out two new visual arts research papers, both freely available online, to widen access to sectoral knowledge and support current debates on good practice and community participation.
New research has found that although traditional fundraising models are rapidly fragmenting, digital media have the potential to help arts organisations modernise and extend their fundraising strategies. The report, ‘We’re all philanthropists now,’ concludes that social media channels and the rise of smartphones provide a platform to engage a much wider spectrum of donors than before. The report concludes that donations made via text message will be the future of fundraising and calls for a national mobile-giving platform to be established to help drive impulse donations.