Join the Studio as a Resident
On this page
- What we are looking for in potential Residents
- What is the Residency offer?
- Before You Apply
- How to Apply
- The Interview Process
- Studio Accessibility
- Are there ever funded residencies?
- Are there other places I might look to for support?
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"This place. A studio. A community. A place to tinker, test, play. Where strangers become friends. Where thought provocateurs open up unimaginable possibilities. Where generosity lies at the heart of every conversation and collaboration. Where being interruptible creates the stuff of dreams. A safe house. A home." Harmeet Chagger-Khan
"The Pervasive Media Studio community is incredibly generous with their time + knowledge. I found that the Residents' openness with their processes really helped me think through some of the themes of the project I was working on. I was really grateful for the conversations, around surveillance and immersive storytelling." Asmaa Jama
"The members and current residents are all inspiring individuals that help me open the lid on my ideas to find ways of developing and expanding on my ideas. As a creative, I cherish the moments when the process is fun and exciting, and the community at Pervasive helped me find that" Hi5Ghost (Courtney Beckford)
What we are looking for in potential Residents
We are interested in working with creative people, who have an idea that needs support to grow and flourish. People who are working at some point in the crossover of creativity and technology. Our community is made up of everything from performance artists to product developers, from comedians to creative coders. We are a home for both creative and commercial sectors. Our Residents are a collaborative community who put conversation before competition, and who support each others professional and creative development. People can apply as individuals or as small teams of 2-3 people.
It is totally fine, if not preferable in fact, to join us at a moment when you do not have all the answers about what it is you want to do. You may not know yet what the market/audience might be for your idea, or whether it is going to work at all. However, please keep in mind that we are an active, practice-based research community. We encourage testing of ideas early and iterating, so it does help to have an idea of what you would specifically like to explore with us, including some consideration of what you would do in your first days and weeks beyond soaking up the atmosphere.
If you look at the Studio, or any of the above, and think “this space isn’t for me”, reach out and let’s have a conversation. You can email the Studio Producer on email@example.com
“Suddenly I was in this critically supportive and collaborative environment full of people developing everything from citizen space travel to new forms of documentary storytelling. I moved my company to Bristol two years later, and we haven’t looked back since.” Laura Kriefman
"Being a part of the studio has been a fantastic experience for me so far, not only for my business as a start-up but also as an individual. There are always relevant networking opportunities in a space with so many different talents and therefore, new and exciting projects to get involved in." Silas Adekunle
What is the Residency offer?
No-one pays to be here. Keeping money at the margins allows us to welcome people with risky, experimental and/or ambitious ideas from all backgrounds and at all stages in their careers. All Residents get access to the Studio, a hot desk, our meeting rooms and event space. We are a team of experienced Producers and Researchers, and we are all available to support your work. You also get opportunities to meet with industry experts to talk through your ideas. This can be everything from Producers, through to IP lawyers and accountants. We support Residents with their funding applications as well as their creative and professional development.
Most of all, we are interested in supporting your process. As you develop and grow both your idea and your practice.
Residency means you get to join our active community of Residents, working across a multitude of practices. All our Residents sit somewhere in the spectrums of creativity and technology. We support people that work in creative and commercial industries. Our community is over 150 strong, and our wider global network of Residents, spreads across the globe. Becoming a Resident means you get plugged into all these people.
Please note: There is no funding attached to the standard Resident offer. We occasionally offer funded Residency opportunities and you can find more information on those, further down this page.
Before You Apply
We encourage all applicants to visit us for an Open Studio Friday first, from 10am to 5pm. This is an opportunity to hot desk with us for a full day. They are every week, apart from in August. The Studio is wheelchair accessible; we have adjustable desks, and we have both a dedicated quiet space and quiet desks area. You don't need to book, just turn up. Every month, we also host First Friday, from 5-6pm. This is a chance to meet Staff and residents, and to see some Residents work in action.
We highly recommend that you browse our current residents and projects to help to decide if you would like to apply to join the Studio. If you would like to discuss an application before putting one in, we are happy to talk to you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, with a very brief outline of who you are and what you do, and we will book in a time for you to speak to a member of our team. If there is a specific team member that you would like to speak to, please say so and we will endeavour to match you up. They can help you to better understand the Studio and what it offers.
How to Apply
If you are interested in becoming part of this vibrant network of artists, creative companies, technologists and researchers, simply let us know what your ideas are and why you would like to be based here with us, via only one of the following formats:
- Using the Expression of Interest webform.
- Downloading the Word version of the Pervasive Media Studio Residency Application Questions and emailing it to email@example.com
- Sending us a video application, answering the questions in the word version above. Videos should aim to be between 5-10 minutes long
- Sending us an audio application, answering the questions in the word version above. Audio should aim to be no more than 5-10 minutes long
- Requesting an in person, video or phone application with a member of Staff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This is not an interview; it is a chance for you to express your answers to our application questions in person. Staff will ask clarifying questions only.
If none of the options suit your needs, please let us know. If you would benefit from support in completing your application, please email email@example.com and we will look at what arrangements we can make to support you.
How we assess applications
We assess applications twice a month. Applications are reviewed by a Panel from the partners in the Studio: Jo Lansdowne (Watershed), Luke Emery (Watershed), Tony Bhajam (Watershed), Atau Tanaka (University of Bristol), Gail Lambourne (University of Bristol), Tom Abba (UWE Bristol) and Nick Triggs (UWE Bristol). The panel will meet and asks the following questions of each application:
- Does the application propose something which sits at an intersection of creativity and technology?
- Is the idea something that the Studio has the space and facilities to support?
- Has the applicant clearly demonstrated why they want to be a part of the community and why our support will have an impact on what they do?
- Has the applicant clearly articulated what they will offer to the community during their Residency?
- Does the applicant demonstrate an openness to collaboration and conversation?
Applicants that can clearly demonstrate all the above are then offered the chance to attend an interview. Feedback is given to all unsuccessful applicants.
The Interview Process
All our interviews are held at the Pervasive Media Studio or, if necessary, online or over the phone. There are two panel members who conduct the interviews, and these members are drawn from the Watershed, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.
All interviewees are given the questions in advance of the interviews. We believe this takes some of the pressure out of being interviewed and allows you to prepare and give us considered answers, rather than us putting you on the spot. The interviews normally take place in a private space in the Studio.
We can arrange a visit to the Studio, in advance of the interview, if it would help you in preparing for the interview. You may also bring someone along with you to support you during the interview or to be around to support you afterwards. We have a dedicated quiet space in the Studio, should you need time to relax after your interview with us.
If you have specific access needs that you would like us to be aware of, please get in touch with our Studio Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org
- The PM Studio is wheelchair accessible
- We have an accessible and gender neutral toilet. There is also a baby change area.
- We have a dedicated quiet room where there is low lighting, sofas, bean bags and space to lie down. This is away from the general open space of the Studio.
- There are dedicated quiet desks, where people can work occasionally.
- We also have some adjustable desks for working at different heights and some stand up desks available as well.
- We have a single desktop computer available for Residents who don't currently have access to a laptop or computer. This is allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Are there ever funded residencies?
We do run several funded residency programmes each year, and regularly produce and signpost other opportunities that have a bursary or funded element involved. These will always be posted in our Opportunities section. Sign up to our monthly newsletter to make sure you don't miss out.
Are there other places I might look to for support?
Bristol and the surrounding areas have a number of fantastic co-working, studio and incubator spaces. Here are just a few that might be suitable for you:
Engine Shed and The Bristol SETsquared Centre
Bristol Games Hub
Spike Island artist's studios and Spike Design
Jamaica Street Artists
Bath Road Studios
Knowle West Media Centre
The Guild: Coworking Bath
The Pervasive Media Studio is a creative technologies collaboration with the Watershed, University of West of England and the University of Bristol