Awardees announced for The Studio Recovery FundMonday, 8 March, 2021
Bath Spa University is pleased to announce the awardees of The Studio Recovery Fund with grants of up to £5,000 awarded to local start-ups and businesses.
The fund, which aims to help freelancers, micro-businesses and third sector organisations in the BANES area, saw over 30 businesses apply. Grants have been awarded to six applicants for creative technology projects that aim to promote renewal and support the region’s post-pandemic recovery efforts.
The awardees are:
- Alyson Minkley and Dave Webb – Alyson and Dave’s project "Higher" brings together artists, creative practitioners and scientists to explore how to create a virtual festival/club within the current social distancing restrictions. "Higher" aims to immerse remote dancers in a virtual club atmosphere and generate responsive reactions/interactions as people dance "together". Alyson is a fine artist who recently completed an MA in Fine Art at Bath Spa University and is an Emerge resident (Bath Spa Univeristy’s new graduate incubator at Sion Hill). Dave is a creative coder, Studio resident, Emerge mentor and graduate of Bath Spa University's MSc in Creative Computing.
- Larkhall – a Bath-based composer/pianist and creative coder who combines music and live algorithmic visuals. Larkhall has been awarded funding to regularly perform a short concert which will be live streamed through social media. Larkhall (Charlie Williams) is a Studio resident.
- Little Lost Robot – a local community interest company founded by a partnership between artists Ruby Jennings and Joseph Wilk. They are an "arty" robotics company with the aim of making technology humane and accessible. Little Lost Robot will be using the funding to research and develop a “soft robot handbook” and develop an affordable prototype posted kit, and series of accessible pre-recorded workshop video tutorials for primary aged children. Little Lost Robot is a Studio resident.
- Kilter – a Bath-based theatre and arts events company. They were awarded funding to develop an on-line Story Apothecary to promote to audiences nationwide. The performances will involve a story-practitioner having a brief "consultation" with the client before delivering the selected Story Tonic or Balm (e.g. "to revive positivity and hope") providing therapy through fiction.
- Silvia Carderelli-Gronau – a dancer, filmmaker, teacher in HE, researcher and movement therapist in Bristol and Bath. She has been developing a sound-based framework called "Sonic Dancer" that enables dancers to move and improvise with each other from different locations, creating a network of presence, connection and touch beyond the visual sphere. Silvia will be using the funding to take the project to the next phase of development and testing. Silvia is a Studio resident.
- Ximena Alarcon – a Bath-based sound artist and researcher. She has been awarded funding to develop her INTIMAL app (which reveals stories collected from Colombian migrant women living in Europe, which change depending on the users direction of walking). She will be developing the project within the context of the pandemic lockdown and will be exploring physical and emotional connections with local places, stimulating collective storytelling. Ximena is a Studio resident.
The Studio is the first space in Bath for academics, graduates and businesses to develop their thinking and progress projects in creativity technology. As well as an environment to work in, it is a place to share learnings through regular workshops, events and activities. There is currently an extensive virtual programme that all of its 27 residents can take advantage of.
For more information about how to become a Studio resident, please visit The Studio's website.