The South West Creative Technology Network are offering 24 paid fellowships to people from industry and academia to think deeply about the potential, challenges and opportunities in the realm of immersion.

We are looking for people who combine an original R&D perspective on the theme with an open and exploratory approach. Fellows will work individually and within a cohort to engage in deep thinking, discussion and critique; drawing out potential opportunity and challenging current assumptions. They will be supported to spend time on an individual line of enquiry, developing new knowledge that can be shared with the cohort and more broadly.

Fellowships run from September 2018 through to July 2019, but time commitment for Fellows will be significantly front-loaded to the period September to December 2018. Academics must be based at one of our University partners, others will have a connection to the South West. 

Each Fellow will receive a £15k bursary to support time and research costs.

What do we mean by Immersion?

From spatialised sound to augmented reality overlays, emerging technologies give developers, creatives and performers new ways to blend physical and virtual worlds. However, to fulfil their potential in terms of use, design and implementation, we need to explore immersive experiences from multiple perspectives and in different domains.

While significant investment is being made in a range of platforms to deliver immersive experiences, we want to enable bold, interdisciplinary thinking around future content, tools, services and applications.  If the potential of immersion is to be fully realised in new markets and emergent forms of cultural experience, bridges between arts and digital technology, marketplace and research, need to be built.

Our interests in immersive work are wide-ranging, inclusive of VR, AR, Mixed Reality, fulldome, projection mapping, ambient technologies, sound, performance and other creative and exploratory approaches. We are also interested in immersive experiences outside of the creative industries, for example in health, training, distributed manufacture, heritage and education.

How to apply?

Please read the attached brief carefully, you can download it by clicking on the arrow in the purple block on the left of this page.

There are also some FAQs here, which we will be updating as we go.

If you are interested then get in touch with one of our Production team or your University leads to discuss and develop your idea.

Watershed: Jo Lansdowne 

Kaleider: Katie Keeler 

UWE Bristol: Teresa Dillon

Bath Spa: Kate Pullinger

Falmouth: Tanya Krzywinska

Plymouth: Mike Phillips

Applications are made using the online form, you can access it by clicking on the apply button in the purple block on the left of this page. Please contact Jo Lansdowne on the address above if written applications don't suit you and you would like to apply using a different format.

The deadline is 5pm on 31 July 2018. Interviews will be held in August and we will announce outcomes in early September.

The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a £6.5 million project to expand the use of creative technologies across the region. Funded by Research England, the network will offer three one-year funded programmes around the themes of immersion, automation and data. This new network is led by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), in partnership with Watershed in Bristol, Kaleider in Exeter, Bath Spa University, the University of Plymouth and Falmouth University.

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