IT and particularly digital and social media have been used extensively by arts organisations to attract audiences and to build a close relationship with them. In this IT4Arts event we review how effective these efforts have been and to speculate what might be the direction for the future.

For ten years of IT4Arts workshops we have been hearing from the people who have harnessed IT, digital and social media to connect with the audience, share artistic and learning content, and run an efficient and sustainable organisation. We now take stock of all that we’ve learnt, hence the following group of senior speakers looking back and looking forward.

Jonty Claypole, Director of BBC Arts, BBC

Update on SPACE and plans for the future

Jonty Claypole is Director of Arts at the BBC. He works across Television, Radio and Online to ensure the BBC succeeds in its mission to increase access and participation in the arts throughout the UK. Prior to this, he was Head of Arts for BBC Productions, joining up television arts production in Glasgow, London and Bristol. During this time, he oversaw existing arts strands like Imagine and the Culture Show, and created new shows like What Do Artists Do All Day, Secret Knowledge and Artsnight. He also launched BBC Arts Online. As a director then executive producer, he has made over 100 television documentaries for BBC Television, including landmark series like Seven Ages of Britain, A History of Art in Three Colours, A Very British Renaissance, as well as stand alone films like Julien Temple’s London: The Modern Babylon.

He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of HOME in Manchester, trustee of the Public Catalogue Foundation, a member of the Booker Prize Foundation Advisory Committee, and a founder of the Get Creative campaign.

Jeremy Swinfen-Green, Managing Partner, Mosoco

Cyber Security with particular emphasis on Social Media and how this might/will affect Arts organisations.

Jeremy Swinfen Green is the managing partner of Mosoco Consulting Ltd (, a London-based agency providing strategic advice in the area of digital transformation and digital risk management. He has been involved in online business strategy since 1993 and has worked for media agencies, consultancies, research companies and media owners.

Jeremy has a particular interest in digital governance and digital risk and focuses on internal employee cyber risk. Combining specialist knowledge of social media risk and cyber process risk with long experience of usability evaluation and online persuasive communication, he is well placed to offer insights into managing the people side of cyber risk. He is the author of Cyber security: an introduction for non technical managers, published by Gower Publishing in October 2015. Jeremy has a first degree in Natural Science from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Cass Business School. He is a Certified Management Consultant and Fellow of the Institute of Consulting.

Tom Standage, Deputy Editor, The Economist

Historical Social Media

Tom Standage is deputy editor of The Economist, overseeing its strategy and output on digital platforms, including the web, apps, audio, video and social media. He joined The Economist in 1998 and previously served as Digital Editor, Business Affairs Editor, Business Editor, Technology Editor and Science Correspondent. He is a regular radio commentator and keynote speaker on technology trends, and takes a particular interest in the social and cultural impact of technology.

Tom is also the author of six history books, including “Writing on the Wall: Social Media—The First 2,000 Years”; the New York Times bestsellers “A History of the World in Six Glasses” (2005) and “An Edible History of Humanity” (2009); and “The Victorian Internet” (1998), a history of the telegraph. His writing has appeared in other publications including the New York Times, the Guardian and Wired. He holds a degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University, and is the least musical member of a musical family.

John Gilhooly OBE, Director, Wigmore Hall

Wigmore Hall has been at the forefront of web and social media innovation in the arts over the last decade. It was also the first concert hall to have its own record label: the first-ever live label to win Gramophone Label of the Year (2011). John Gilhooly has this summer overseen the installation of discreet, state of the art streaming facilities, which enable Wigmore Hall to broadcast concerts live all over the world.

John will outline Wigmore Hall’s recent digital achievements and his vision for the future.

Produced by Julian David & Chris Wilson


  • Date 25/02/2016
  • Time @ 10:00-16:00


  • The Free Word Centre