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Art & Tech collaborations, Cambridge: Call for artists' expressions of Interest

Anglia Ruskin Business Support

Published: 31st August 2011.

Anglia Ruskin University is bringing new collaborative and public art to Cambridge throughout2011 and 2012. The ‘Visualise’ public art programme is commissioning a range of projects tocreate exploratory projects, exhibitions, workshops and events across Cambridge.

Visualise explores questions such as ‘how does our interaction with each other affect how weuse public space?’ and ‘how can we redefine ideas of community and campus in a digitalage?’. These questions emerge from the following Visualise themes:

1. ‘Legible Campus, Legible City’ - creating a sense of place that has coherence and impact

2. ’Social Networking’ - virtual and real space, bringing people together and redefining ideasof community and campus in a digital age

3. ‘Soft City’ - people defining place. The physical city environment influenced by humanrelations and social activity. The legacy of the ‘soft’ on the ‘hard’.


Art & Tech R&D Collaborations

One strand of Visualise is a set of new commissions for artists to work with innovative technology companies in Cambridge. The aim is to explore, create and innovate new ideas.The commissions aim to create a framework for successful collaborative innovation, focusing on the use of new technologies to ignite ingenuity, innovation, critical thinking, generate new content, models, applications, services etc.

Our belief is that through cross collaboration and practical skills sharing between artists andtechnologists, new ideas, approaches and ventures can be created to fuel future innovation in mobile, media, games, augmented reality and other areas.

The technology companies we are discussing this opportunity with are TTP Group (, Microsoft (, ARM (, CSR ( and Philips ( However, we are continually expanding our linksand will seek new connections through our extended networks. We would also welcome any connections you may have made during earlier phases of activity.


Structure & Funding

Three collaborations will be commissioned. A £10K budget is available for each commissioned artist including expenses. The collaborations will run between October 2011and June 2012, though its ultimate duration can be determined between the collaborating partners and can be discussed at interview and in liaison with the project management team. As an R+D commission, outputs also need to be agreed with the project team. Commissioned artists would also be invited to take part in a Symposium in June/July 2012 at Anglia Ruskin University which will present work from across the Visualise programme. Arts & Business,Futurecity, and Anglia Ruskin University are managing this project.

Expressions of Interest

Artists are invited to submit a single A4 page expression of interest, with accompanying CV, to register their interest in these collaborations. The expression should include a synopsis of practice, experience and interest in the collaborations with URL links to further information.

Expressions of Interest (and any queries) should be sent to:


Deadline: 23rd September 2011


Next Steps

Shortlisted artists will be invited by the project team to attend an exploratory networking event/workshop in early October 2011.

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