Residents

Meet the micro-businesses, Bath Spa University students, academics and graduates who make up The Studio.

About our residents

Little Lost Robot

Little Lost Robot office

Little Lost Robot is a new 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, using technology to “create a vision of the future that is non-slick, human centric and gloriously humane in all its messy domestic parts”. Both Ruby and Joseph were SWCTN Automation Fellows and Little Lost Robot is currently working on prototypes for SWCTN and B+B Creative R+D creating digital mapping services and soft robotic street furniture.


Website: lostrobot.org
Email: hello@lostrobot.org
Twitter: @studiolostrobot
Blog: link.medium.com/LtfMhSGl85

Annie Legge

I have a deep passion and drive to impact social development initiatives through the sustainable use of technology. 

I'm a sense-maker, connector and relationship deepener and love to connect and convene where there is an opportunity for growth through collaboration and sharing.

I'm a catalyst for change and co-founded DOT PROJECT non-profit cooperative to support civil society to be their digital best. We coach organisations and people to explore how they can harness the potential technology provides in order to thrive in a world that is constantly changing. I am particularly passionate about strengthening the technology foundations of charity organisations. 

I've worked in digital and technology since the 1990s with multi-sector experience across start-ups, SMEs, global brands and social impact organisations defining digital opportunities and scaling through a responsible technology approach.

I'm currently a Data Fellow with the South West Creative Technology Network, developing further practice for data sensemaking n community data.

Bath Futures Global

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Bath Futures is a new venture by Stephen Hilton and Sarah Toy of City Global Futures Ltd. It compliments and extends their successful work on Bristol Futures, running since 2016. Bath Futures will establish new partnerships to benefit the Bath City Region by focussing on the intersection between smart cities, sustainability, resilience, creativity and inclusion. Two initial collaborative research and development projects are planned:

  • “The Bath Brain” - an augmented digital city twin and;
  • “The Smart Tourism Innovation Zone”.

These projects build on the team’s groundbreaking “Turning on the Lights” research report (2019), which examined the UK Tourism Sector’s appetite and readiness for 5G-enabled digital innovation. Stephen has also worked as a Digital Placemaking Fellow on the Bristol+Bath Creative R+D programme.

Website: bathfutures.global
Email: info@bristolfutures.global

Creativity Works

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Creativity Works is a socially engaged arts organisation located in Radstock, Bath and North East Somerset, UK. We're a registered charity and National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England. 

We use the power of the creative process to make a real difference to people’s lives-inspiring and empowering them to explore, develop and grow. We draw communities together and enable more people to access the arts, whilst supporting artists in this approach.

Our work includes: 

  • We deliver creative projects and programmes with a focus on health and wellbeing, community development and placemaking. 
  • We support, develop and train socially engaged artists though our co|Create programme. 
  • We deliver enterprise and creative wellbeing projects for businesses and other health and third sector organisations. 

Our work is viewed as best practice within Socially Engaged Arts. We articulate our methodology through four key principles:  

  • Promoting art as a catalyst for social change 
  • Featuring artists in prominent roles 
  • Evolving active and sustainable partnerships with communities  
  • Engaging community members as equal partners 

As a result of our Socially Engaged approach, we are able to deliver locally specific and community led outcomes by, with and for communities. 

Twitter: @CW4everyone
Facebook: facebook.com/CW4everyone/
Instagram: creativityworksuk

Fringe Arts Bath (FaB)

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Fringe Arts Bath (FaB) is a non profit-making artist-led organisation, entirely run by volunteers and founded by Arran Hodgson in 2007. FaB aims to raise the profile of contemporary visual arts in Bath, provide opportunities for early-career and emerging artists, and put art in unusual places for people to happen across, and engage with. The FaB team organise a two-week festival of contemporary visual art exhibitions, events and workshops which runs alongside the Bath Fringe Festival in May/June each year.

Website: fringeartsbath.co.uk
Email: info@fringeartsbath.co.uk

Dr Matt Baker

Dr Matt Baker is a senior lecturer in Human Biology at Bath Spa and a current SWCTN data Fellow. His work explores our unconscious, non-visual interaction with light and the way it influences our mood, and creativity. In particular, he is interested in the way time spent outdoors can influence the creative processes involved in writing, and how this changes with the seasons. 

Twitter: @mbaker_BSU

Ximena Alarcón

Ximena Alarcon profile pictureXimena is a sound artist, and academic researcher interested in listening to interstice: dreams, underground public transport, and the migratory context. Her practice-led research focuses on the creation of sonic telematic performances using Deep Listening creative practice, telematic improvisation, and on the development of interfaces for relational listening. She recently finished a Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship (2017-2019) at RITMO Centre at the University of Oslo. Here she developed the project INTIMAL - a physical-virtual "embodied system" for relational listening, integrating body, memory, migration and telematics. Ximena is continuing with the development of this project at The Studio.

Website: intimal.net

Silvia Carderelli-Gronau

Silvia Carderelli-Gronau is a dance artist, film-maker, and dance movement therapist. Her work focuses on relational practices and developing skills to enhance group activities. She is interested in somatic dance practices, group improvisation, embodiment, and the dialogue between camera and performer. Her practice looks at moving and creating as a group, exploring boundaries, identity, and group identity. She pursues a dialogue between a ‘pure’ physical experience and experiences enhanced by technologies. She is part of the Creative Corporealities Research Group at Bath Spa University.

Website: silviacarderelligronau.com
Instagram: @silviacarderelligronau
Email: silvia@silviacarderelligronau.com

The Critical Literacy Project, Dilectae Ltd

Profile picture of Emma PauncefortThe Critical Literacy Project is an initiative launched by Emma Pauncefort to empower every individual to read critically and write well, whatever their vocation. Emma is a SWCTN small grant recipient. During her residency, she will be exploring how automation might best scale solutions to develop critical literacy in young people through her project Automating Critical Literacy.

Website: dilectae.com
Email: connect@dilectae.com

Alison Powell

Alison PowellAlison Powell is a writer, mentor and workshop facilitator and holds an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Her flash fiction
and short stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines including Project Calm, To Carry Her Home and Mslexia. Her first novel was long-listed for the Mslexia New Novel award, shortlisted for the Janklow & Nesbit Prize and won runner-up place in the Bridport Prize for First Novels. She has undertaken writing residencies with National Theatre Wales and Liminal Residencies and is one of twenty Welsh Writers on the Hay Literature Festival Writers at Work programme.
 
She set up WriteClub in 2016 and runs various creative writing workshops, courses and masterclasses as well as exciting open mic nights to celebrate new writing. 
 

Dave Webb

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Dave Webb is an artist, creative technologist and creative coder. Following a first career in business IT services Dave is currently studying for an MSc Creative Computing at Bath Spa while developing his creative technology and digital art practice. Dave is a SWCTN small grant recipient and is currently developing a set of workshopping tools to demystify AI and automation for the general public.

Email: dave.webb@cranbim.com
Instagram: @crispysmokedweb
Twitter: @crispysmokedweb

Onnos

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Onnos is the result of great passion and motivation of four close friends who are on a mission to: 
 
• Provide positive energy and motivation to the world.
• Share honest experiences and beautiful stories in order to inspire others
 
Primarily through the use of film and photography, whilst collaborating with other creatives in their field, our goal is to be part of a positive shift in the media we experience today.

Alex Witty

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Alex is a product design undergraduate from Bath studying at the University of Brighton. He is currently working on one of his inventions known as ‘The Piezo Project’, technology within footwear that enables users to generate electricity to power their mobile devices. Alex received a SWCTN small grant to support ongoing product development.

Email: alex@thewittycompany.com

Michael Loveday

Michael LovedayMichael Loveday is a writer and writing facilitator, formerly from London, resident in Bath since 2016. He works primarily as an editor (specialising in the novella-in-flash) and as a mentor/coach for early career writers. His own writing of flash fiction, prose poetry and novella-in-flash has been shortlisted for a Saboteur Award and longlisted for the UEA New Forms Award. He is a Trustee of the National Association of Writers in Education and has taught story structure as a Specialist Visiting Lecturer for Bath Spa University. He is a participant on the Paper Nations Writing Producers Scheme.  
 
Twitter: @pagechatter
Facebook: Michael Loveday

Bonnie Binary

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Bonnie Binary is a start-up with a social mission that brings to market innovative therapeutic textile products that provide comfort and entertainment to people with autism, dementia, and anxiety. Founded by Annie Lywood (who completed her MA in Design in 2016) Bonnie Binnary’s mission is to craft beautiful collections of simple and easy to use interactive products/tools to improve people’s wellbeing and mood. Annie is a SWCTN small grant recipient.

Website: bonniebinary.co.uk

Richard White

Profile photoI'm a walking and multimedia artist-researcher with a specialist interest in embodiment, obscured histories/reluctant heritage and social justice. My career background is in participatory media arts and education and I'm a Senior Lecturer in Media Practice at Bath Spa University (part time).

I'm an older white man working on my privilege, for the past seven years I have chosen to walk locally developing a participatory practice, Walknow. My work is a performative form of walking and questioning exploring resonances and legacies from other times in bodies, spaces and places. This is an emergent practice of non-confrontational co-creative disturbances concerning authorised narratives and revealing reluctant heritage. Embracing the constraints of lockdown, I am renewing my knowledge of locative and mobile media, extending skills with sound and movement, experimenting with new immersive sonic elements in my work.

Current projects:

  • Traversing Sydney Gardens (on-going) a series of commissions exploring botany, empire and deep time.
  • Sweet Waters, (ongoing) attending to accountability and response-ability walking-with legacies of slave-ownership.
  • Walking the Names, (2019-21) a cycle of walks on social justice and poverty at the Bath Workhouse burial ground.
  • Sanctuary and Exile, (2021 ?) a commission from the Lake District Holocaust Project, second iteration of collaboration with Lorna Brunstein, Forced Walks.

Contact:

Personal pronouns: he/him.

Celestial Labs

Founded by Tony Martin, John Hopkins and Nick Kowalski, Celestial Labs is a tech company focussing on the development of control systems to facilitate complex drone swarm displays. They specialise in live motion capture of human movement to control the drones and are looking to develop technology that can drive organic, daytime drone displays that mimic swarming behaviours in nature, such as the murmurations of starlings. Their night ‘Skytheatre’ displays are a dynamic, safe and green alternative to carbon intensive fireworks.

Website: celestial-labs.net
Email: hello@celestial-labs.net

Frame Theory

Profile photoFrame Theory has a passion for 3D printing. They've made it their mission to make 3D printing accessible to the masses. Through unique and exciting project kits, they aim to transform the perception of 3D printing from a technical and difficult process to an accessible and useful skill that can be used in educational, domestic and hobbyist environments. They're currently working on their first project kit titled the SongBird, the 3D printable vinyl turntable designed to be printed on most domestic 3D printers.

Profile photoFrame Theory started its life as the final project of Sheffield Hallam design student Charlie Ransford. With Charlie's innovative and meticulous attitude to design and the help of experienced creative Kiran Pearce, Frame Theory has evolved from an ambitious concept to an exciting reality.

Instagram: @frametheory3d
Website: frametheory3d.com 

Nikki Dudley

Profile photoNikki is managing editor of streetcake magazine and also runs the streetcake writing prize and MumWrite. She has a chapbook and collection with KFS, with another forthcoming in 2020, which is focused on the relationship between John Keats and Fanny Brawne. She is the winner of the Virginia Prize 2020 and her second novel will be published in 2021.

Twitter: @mumwrite
Web: nikkidudleywriter.com

Dr Penny Hay

Dr Penny Hay is an artist and educator, Research Fellow, Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries; Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, School of Education, Bath Spa University and Director of Research, House of Imagination (formerly 5x5x5=creativity).

Signature projects include School Without WallsHouse of Imagination and Forest of Imagination. Penny’s doctoral research focused on how we support children’s learning identity as artists.

Penny coordinates the SW Creative Education Hub, is a member of the Policy, Pedagogy and Practice Research Centre at Bath Spa University, RSA Innovative Education Network, Cultural Learning Alliance, HundrED and Crafts Council Learning Advisory Groups and Visiting Lecturer at Plymouth College of Art.

Penny is Co-Investigator on the AHRC Global Challenges Research project ‘Rethinking waste and the logics of disposability: Compound 13 Lab’ in Mumbai. 

Penny was awarded by Action for Children’s Arts for her contribution to arts education and by Creative Bath for her work in creative education.

Jasmin Perry

Profile photoJasmin is a writer from Somerset and graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University in 2020. Her work has been published in the RSPB’s Back from the Brink anthology, Untitled:Voices journal, Rife magazine and The Everyday magazine. In 2019 she founded Weston Writers’ Nights, an organisation providing writing events and workshops to support writers in her home town of Weston-super-Mare. She was listed as one of Rife magazine's '24 Most Influential Bristolians Under 24' in 2019.

Website: westonwritersnights.co.uk
Facebook: Weston Writers' Nights

Charlie Williams

Charlie Williams has an emerging creative practice called Larkhall, which combines music and live algorithmic visuals; he also works professionally as a software developer and CTO of a small tech startup.

Charlie’s performance uses a MIDI-equipped piano to generate a data stream which feeds into algorithms he’s coded. These algorithms — one for each composition — then create live reactive video as he plays, merging the two modalities into a single experience.

Website: larkhall.org

Jasmine Richards

Jasmine Richards has written over a dozen books for children including: Keeper of Myths, Secrets of Valhalla, and The Book of Wonders, of which School Library Journal said, “Swiftly paced writing, appealing characters, and action-packed; will appeal to fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson books.”

She is passionate about creating stories that are inclusive and exploring opportunities to connect with readers in new and innovative ways. Most recently she founded her own IP development studio called Storymix. It creates series fiction for publishers with inclusive casts and offers pathways into being published for writers from underrepresented backgrounds. Jasmine is very interested in ways technology may help writers develop their craft, learn about the publishing business and create community.

Website: storymix.co.uk

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