Creative Voucher Scheme
Battersea Arts Centre and The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Image: Sheer Fiesty / Photographer: Stuart Window
Miranda Marcus, Battersea Arts Centre
Jessica Bowles, The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
Scratchr.net: Digital Collaboration between Artists, Audiences, and Producers
In September 2012 Battersea Arts Centre launched Scratchr.net, an online tool for artists, producers and audiences to co-create new works of theatre, early ideas, or ‘itches’ as they call them. The partnership with Jessica Bowles of The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama sought to improve the functionality and appeal of Scratchr.net.
Bowles main output of the collaboration was a report which documented a series of evaluative interviews conducted in Spring 2013 in order to identify the ideal Scratchr.net interface. The report continues with an exploratory study into the structure of online creative collaborations, and develops a series of recommendations for Battersea Arts Centre.
Alongside the report the collaboration produced several other outcomes. A suite of new online resources was developed, including a digital archive of Battersea Arts Centre’s 120 year history and documentation of the Playgrounding Projects redevelopment of the Arts Centre. Different types of media were tested as a means of presenting work on Scratchr.net and a Public Engagement Co-Ordinator was employed to work with NativHQ on beta testing and platform roll out.
In additional to all these activities Battersea Arts Centre submitted a bid to NESTA’s Digital Research & Development fund in order to continue Scratchr.net’s development.
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