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Arts+Tech

The Arts+Tech creative practice accelerator is one of three national pilots, set up by Arts Council England and Innovate UK, to support people working at the intersection of arts and technology.

The Arts+Tech creative practice accelerator is one of three national pilots, set up by Arts Council England and Innovate UK, to support people working at the intersection of arts and technology.

Through this programme, Arts Council England and Innovate UK are jointly seeking to intensify arts and technology innovation by artists, creative professionals, scientists, digital technologists, and entrepreneurs, providing them with the opportunity to strengthen their practice and to develop new business ventures. Delivered initially as a pilot, the programme provides a space to develop new products, services and practices, and to stimulate collaboration and business acumen.

You can find out more about the overall national programme on the Arts Council's website.

Who is this for?

The programme is aimed at creative professionals, at any stage in their career, with a demonstrable passion for building (and/or growing) a sustainable creative practice around new and emerging digital making technologies. In particular, we're looking for:

  • a distinctive creative voice
  • an excellent idea (or ideas) – see below!
  • a UK resident
  • full-time availability between January and April 2016, and much of May/June 2016 (although there is some flexibility, see the FAQs below).

Your idea

In our eyes, a “good fit” for the programme would be something which:

  • is culturally exceptional
  • can be made tangible within a four-month timeframe, and puts you in a position to use the public showcase to your best advantage
  • makes ambitious use of digital tools, materials and expertise
  • has a clear role to play in building (and/or growing) your creative practice

How do I apply?

You can make an initial application using the (short) form on the homepage here, until midnight on Sunday 15th November. We'll then follow up on promising applications with more questions and an interview in mid-late November, before making a final decision at the end of the month.

During the Programme

In early December 2015, there will be a two-day kick-off workshop – an opportunity for everyone to meet each other for the first time, orient themselves in MadLab, get a hands-on introduction to some of the tools and materials that will be made available, and focus in on what they want to work on for the next few months.

The high-intensity, results-focussed heart of the programme will run from early January 2016 until the end of April, during which time you will be physically co-located at MadLab, with 24/7 access to our resources. We’ll work with you to develop your ideas and creative practice – linking you up with the international MadLab creative network, bringing in mentors with a range of art-science-technology experience and expertise, giving masterclasses and running workshops (everything from business management and reaching an audience, to professional making/manufacturing and digital craftsmanship) and supporting you in making tangible your ideas, in preparation for the public showcase.

The May-June showcase is where it’s all headed – a group show, a public exhibition or workshop, a demo day, or whatever is right for you. Showcase month will be a springboard to the next step in building your creative practice, an opportunity for you to present your work to key influencers, your peers, potential funders and backers, and future audiences.