The Award

The Playable City Award offers artists and creatives from across the world a unique opportunity to make something wonderful using creative technologies. The 2013 award will produce a work which surprises, challenges and engages people in exploring the playable city.

Pushing the boundaries and encouraging experimentation, this international award sits at the intersections of technology and culture and will champion Bristol as an international hub for cutting-edge creativity.

The commissioned work will cross cultural contexts and will be toured. It will use technology in an integrated and interesting way. It will inject a sense of wonder and meaning into public space.

Applications closed for the 2013 award in December 2012. You can find out more about the application process here.

The winners will receive:

  • £30,000 award to include the artist’s fee and expenses. In addition there will be a modest budget available to assist with accommodation, travel and production subject to agreement of the project details with the selected award winner
  • Desk space and access to facilities in the Pervasive Media Studio at Watershed in Bristol
  • Practical support in producing the work including securing locations and technical infrastructure
  • National PR campaign
  • Connection to a vibrant community of artists and creative technologists and the opportunity for discussion/collaboration with both peers and public during and following the production process
  • A high profile public showcase event to launch the completed work
  • Development of touring and future opportunities

The partners

The award is co-funded by a network of organisations who exemplify Bristol’s strength in Creative Technologies. This unusual approach to sponsorship and support reflects the collaborative nature of a city where companies are well networked, open and sharing. The partners are: Aardman, BDHHP Labs, IBM, IMDB, The Bristol SETsquared Centre, Sift, Team Rubber, Thirty Three, TLT LLP, Toshiba, University of Bristol, University of the West of England and Bristol City Council. The Award is produced by Watershed with support from Arts Council England.

In partnership with:


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