Thinking Digital Arts began life in 2014 with an aspiration to demonstrate the breadth of experimental and innovative creative arts practice emerging between the UK arts and Creative, Digital and IT Industries. Three years on and we are still proud to celebrate digital arts practice that is fusing new connections between arts, technology and digital culture through the production of world-leading public activities, including exhibitions, performances, commissions and panel discussions.
Suzy O'Hara is a curator, and researcher based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Through her research at CRUMB, her curatorial practice and her post-doctoral role with Creative FUSE North East, Suzy seeks to both nurture and understand evolving relationships between the Arts and Creative, Digital and IT sectors, explore new models of collaborative commissioning for the production of interdisciplinary art and creative practices. Suzy recently completed her practice led, PhD at CRUMB, University of Sunderland, entitled âCollaborations between Arts and Commercial Digital Industry Sectors: A Curatorial Practice-led Investigation of Modes of Productionâ funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Her latest projects include; INVENTORS! with Dominic Wilcox, a project that turned childrenâs inventions ideas into real objects by drawing together partners from across art, design, manufacture, commercial business and education; Sunderland 10 x 10, a project by Sunderland Cultural Partnership, that supports North East based artists and creatives and nurtures the development of contemporary arts in collaboration with local Sunderland businesses and Rewriting the Hack, the North Eastâs first Women Only Hackathon that examined the Hackathon format as a site for producing collaborative, interdisciplinary art strategies and explored issues surrounding diversity an increasingly popular model of creative production. Suzy is also founder and curator of Thinking Digital Arts, in collaboration with Thinking Digital Conference.