Signal Film – Copeland Digital Arts

Copeland Digital Arts is a programme of workshops, courses, events and community exhibitions in partnership with Copeland venues, community groups and schools. The aim is to inspire, engage and upskill those most in need within Copeland. This includes improving skills and life chances, developing confidence, pride and enjoyment in life and transferable ICT skills for further training/work.

Signal Film’s Digital Arts Activity within Copeland, forms a significant part of our exciting international festival of photography and digital art, West Coast Photo Festival.

The festival celebrates and explores the West Coast of Cumbria, helping to grow the reputation of the area regionally and nationally, as a place with outstanding natural beauty, fascinating heritage and somewhere that high quality contemporary arts activity takes place. The project provides opportunities for Copeland residents of all ages to learn new creative digital skills, experience world-class digital art and hear talks from local, national and international digital artists. As well as supporting the growth of artists based right here in West Cumbria, through providing employment as well as training opportunities to grow their art practice and strengthen their professional networks.

Digital Arts Programme Manager, Joanna Roy “The funding we have received from Copeland Community Fund has been crucial in providing access to high quality digital arts activity for Copeland residents, particularly for more vulnerable adults in the community. We have had fantastic feedback from participants so far”.

Other funders include Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Sir John Fisher Foundation and The Arts Council.


  • 0.4 FTE job created
  • 0.2 FTE jobs safeguarded
  • 240 Local people assisted in skills development
  • 4 Local people helped to secure employment, education or training
  • 50 Volunteer hours
  • £33,642 Match funding
  • 1500 Attendances at a tourism attraction, community venue, sports session/event


  • Increased and developed skills and creative opportunities within Copeland
  • Increased access to art and culture in Copeland
  • Increased pride and perceptions of Copeland