distal placemaking

Paul Blakemore

Digital Placemaking R&D Production: Invitation to Apply

Bristol+Bath Creative R+D are looking to invest in prototypes that demonstrate the potential of new technologies and the future internet to expand and shape our understanding of Digital Placemaking and its role within the future Smart City, looking ahead to 2030. While the programme has commercial R&D at its heart, dynamic consultation, inclusive partner management, and open-source outcomes are in its DNA. We are looking to fund the research and development of creative products, future platforms, services, large scale production, content or market-ready applications.

The production phase will run from January-April, with a showcase in May 2020. We have a funding pot of £235,000. We are expecting to make two or three awards that could be up to £100,000 with some smaller investments in response to your ideas.

How to apply?

Please read the full brief on Digital Placemaking R&D: Invitation to Apply before completing the online application form. You will also find a link to the FAQs document, which will continue to update.

There will be an opportunity to talk through your ideas at one-to-one surgeries on Mon 28 Oct (Bristol) and Wed 30 Oct (Bath) before applying. Please contact one of the producing team if you have any questions, or want to book a session in one of our surgeries: info@bristolbathcreative.org

We aim to be as inclusive as possible and will work to accommodate all access requirements. We will openly discuss and tailor how we do things to support you as best we can. If writing is not your thing, we welcome alternative forms of application. Please get in touch to talk about your options.

Closing date: Monday 18 Nov 2019, 10am


Bristol+Bath Creative R+D seeks to support the creative industries cluster around our two cities by forging connections and partnerships, sharing knowledge, unlocking regional research strengths and maximising opportunities in what’s already one of the most vibrant clusters in the UK. The cluster is made up of all the individuals, businesses and organisations that play a role in the creative, cultural and technology communities in the region. We want Bristol and Bath to carry the torch for industry-leading innovation, creating the most inventive, compelling new products, services and experiences. And we want to achieve this in an inclusive and sustainable way.

Bristol+Bath Creative R+D is a first-of-a-kind collaboration between Watershed and the region’s four universities - UWE Bristol, Bath Spa University, the University of Bath and the University of Bristol.

Closing Date: Monday, 18 November 2019 - 10:00