Aside from its regular postgraduate teaching and research programmes the Digital Curation Lab holds regular events throughout the year, which provide opportunities for training, outreach, knowledge dissemination, and networking.

Upcoming Events

November 2022:

Our next online Postgraduate Open Day takes place in November 2022
Book your place now.

Past Event

6 April 2022 – Connecting University Art Collections

An online workshop aimed at establishing a network of University Art Collections in the UK. Full programme for the event is available here

2-3 December 2021 – XI Mutual Image Workshop

3 March 2021 – DCL Encounters #04 (online event)

The fourth DCL Encounters session was another session co-hosted with the University of Salford’s Art & Design Research Group, led by Jill Randall & Toni Sant, featuring:

Wendy Taylor giving an introduction to using USIR, the University’s research repository

– Brendan Fletcher: Fine Art: Practice as Research
In this presentation Brendan explored the interdependent nature of Fine Art studio research, scholarly research, criticism and pedagogy and discussed this as a coherent co-dependent activity.

Tim Isherwood: Research & Practice
Within this presentation Tim briefly discussed his more formal research practice that uses GPS technology as a drawing tool to create both individual and collaborative temporal works, before describing a more recent series of typographic paintings and a current collaborative work in progress with a creative writer considering the balance between typography, image and language within a project provisionally titled The Rivers.

9 December 2020 – DCL Encounters #03 (online event)

The third DCL Encounters session was dedicated to University of Salford’s Art & Design Research Group, led by Jill Randall & Toni Sant, with presentations by:

Adelina Court & Paul Robinson: Songs I Want to Play
This project has grown organically through lockdown by bringing together musical composition and animation in the context of music video. Through using rough sketches (audio and visual) to inform each other’s work in the early stages, Adelina and Paul have developed 17 music videos with animated idents which offer a secondary narrative to a wide selection of audio pieces. Moving forward, the project is now developing into more extensive animated film and soundtrack, strengthening the link between music and visuals. 

David Hancock: Cosplay and the Art of Play
Dr Hancock will present his research into Cosplay and their appropriation of space in the digital and physical realms and how this manifested into a large body of paintings. 

Juan Hiriart Vera: History Playgrounds – A Researcher’s Journey Developing Games for History and Archaeology
An overview of the relatively new but vibrant field of historical game studies and archaeogaming looking into past and current research projects. Through them, Dr Hiriart reflects on the main research questions, future directions and collaboration opportunities within the Salford School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology.

7-9 September 2020: DRHA 2020 Conference (online only)

DCL hosted the annual Digital Research in Humanities and Arts conference as an online only event, on the theme Situating Digital Curation. See the DRHA 2020 website for details.

7+8 July 2020: Rethinking Digital Preservation in a Time of Crisis

In collaboration with Redeye and the Photographic Collections Network, the DCL hosted a two day training event featuring online training session by the Digital Preservation Coalition, along with a programme of guest speakers. See the PCN website for details.

4 March 2020: DCL Encounters #02 @MediaCityUK

The second DCL Encounters session provided an opportunity for University of Salford staff and PG students to network and featured the following presentations:

From Dust to Data: What are the University’s Archives and Special Collections?
During this presentation, the University Archivist, Dr Alexandra Mitchell gave an overview of what archives and special collections are, the sorts of material we have and how they might give you the edge in your teaching or research.

Introduction to Media Framework: a Platform for Interactive Digital Curation
Media Framework (MF) is a multi-faceted platform that can support use cases from ingesting and searching media assets to creating asset relationships. MF is a research  platform and community oriented: it is best utilized for a user experience prototyping  and collaborative or individual asset management for media sketching. Prof Insook Choi, presented a brief overview on the principles behind the curatorial process, supporting interfaces, and underlying methodologies.

28 November 2019: DCL Encounters #01 @MediaCityUK

This was the soft launch of the DCL at MediaCityUK and featured the following presentations:

Introducing the Digital Curation Lab at the University of Salford
DCL Director Dr Toni Sant gave an overview of the Digital Curation Lab, explaining how it came to be, speaking about what’s in store for the foreseeable future and elaborating on longer-term plans.

About the Digital – University of Salford Art Collection
The Assistant Curator of the University of Salford Art Collection Stephanie Fletcher spoke about the latest developments at the University of Salford Art Collection, which has existed at the University for over 50 years. The collection – which is developed through new commissions with key partners – includes digital works as a key collecting strand.

Rapid Prototyping of Soundscapes in Heritage Spaces using Ambisonic Audio & 360 Video Technology
Dr Luke Harrison, Lecturer in Sound for Live and Recorded Media Performance at the University of Salford’s School of Arts & Media, has been experimenting with using VR audio to prototype soundscapes for museum/heritage spaces. This is intended to be used by curators to present ideas to museum stakeholders for improving audience interaction and footfall to large, room size exhibits.

Clowning With Technology in the Context of Dementia: 3 cases of digital hotch-potch
Dr Richard Talbot, Senior Lecturer in Performance at the School of Arts & Media, discussed three performances that take the clown as a figure for the curation of memory in digital media; and asked what laughter and clowning have to offer when organic technological processing slows to an equilibrium, for instance in dementia.

Digital Legacy for Collections
Paul Herrmann is the director of the Photographic Collections Network, which provides knowledge and support for anyone working with photo archives and collections. He outlined their recent investigations into digital legacy, and the problems that face those seeking to preserve digital, especially born-digital, collections in the long term. The issues are not just technical, but political, commercial and cultural challenges.