Impact Awards in focus

Arts and Culture 

The Outstanding impact in arts and culture category at the Exeter Impact Awards recognises projects that deliver visible benefits to arts and education. 

The Exeter Manuscripts Project is one of five shortlisted projects for the category.

The project sees the development of an innovative iPad app that introduces school children to medieval manuscripts and narrative. Dr Emma Cayley and Antenna International are building the app prototype using Exeter Cathedral’s famous Exeter Book, the world’s largest collection of Old English poetry.

Successive versions of the App will include other South West mediaeval manuscripts including the Syon Abbey.

Also shortlisted is The Southall Story project which follows the journey of arts and social history in the diasporic town of Southall, London.

Exeter's Dr Jerri Daboo in collaboration with Dr Ann David, Kuljit Bhamra, Shakila Maan and Ammy Phull investigated has recorded a cultural history of the town and the results have been used to develop things such as workshops for schools, a tour of India and a promotional film.

Craig Robertson has been shortlisted for his work with an inter-religious choir in Sarajevo and a community world choir in London. This work has demonstrated that music has the ability to influence post-conflict tension and led to strong links with the British Council, Toda Institute and Asia Pacific Peace Research Association.

The penultimate shortlisted project was an app developed in collaboration with the Tate Gallery.

Art Maps provides users the opportunity to explore more than 67,000 artworks and relate them to the places, sites and environments encountered in daily life.

The app can pinpoint locations of particular images, and identify the viewpoints of artists; it can also identify user location and associated art works. The final projects unites a team from the Qatar National Museum with middle east experts and mining specialists to apply 3D laser-scanning technology to record the museum’s collection of Arabian boats.

The scans developed using computer generated imagery (CGI) enabled the production of realistic digital models for development into interactive museum displays. The project has attracted extensive media attraction in Qatar.

The winner of the Outstanding impact in arts and culture award will be announced at the Exeter Impact Awards on 10 December 2013.