Bringing together the worlds of art and blockchain the DAOWO Summit UK lays the foundations for a global transnational network.

Focused on establishing greater cooperation between the arts and blockchain industry, leading researchers and key artworld actors discuss the current state of play. Discussions focus on potential cultural and social impacts, technical affordances and opportunities for developing new blockchain technologies for fairer, more dynamic and connected cultural ecologies and economies.

For more information read State of the Arts: Blockchain’s Impact in 2019 and Beyond

Two UK events  act as a precursor to a DAOWO World Tour and Summit that seeks to forge a transnational network of arts and blockchain cooperation.

PROGRAMME 28 May 2019

A comprehensive overview of developments from critical artistic practices and emergent blockchain business models in the arts.  Presentation and hosted discussion with Ruth Catlow, Ben Vickers and Hannah Reddler

Mark WaughDACS UK in conversation with DACS Australia

Towards a Decentralised Arts Economy

The launch of Zien, the new dApp for artists was be followed by a presentation and panel discussion with Peter Holsgrove, and artists of A*NAaround the implications of tokenising artistic practices.

Digital Catapult – The Role of Blockchain In Preserving Artistic Identity and Integrity

Hosted by Digital Catapult, London in partnership with DACS,

Past Event – 28 Feb 2019 – DAOWO UK SUMMIT in partnership with Department of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, New Media Scotland. Event Details


DAOWO is the award-winning blockchain programme for reinventing the arts. The first series ran in 2017-18, bringing together international artists, engineers, crypto-economists, musicians, technologists, and theorists joined forces to understand how blockchain technologies – cryptocurrencies, distributed ledgers and smart contracts – could enable a critical, sustainable and empowered culture.

Our approach is to connect visionary artists, cultural workers and blockchain entrepreneurs, together with local initiatives, communities, institutions and businesses to foster the development of new transnational systems and an ethos of global cooperation within the arts.

DAOWO Summit UK is a DECAL initiative – co-produced by Furtherfield and Serpentine Galleries in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London. This event is realised in partnership with the Department of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, New Media Scotland, DACs, and Digital Catapult London.