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 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.
Bath Futures Global
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.
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.
Fringe Arts Bath (FaB)
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.
Ximena 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.
The Critical Literacy Project, Dilectae Ltd
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2019, after teaching English as a second language across the world for over 70 years, John completed a coding bootcamp at Mayden Academy in Bath. He plans to start a new career in software development and continues to develop his coding skills and connect with other creatives at The Studio. John recently completed writing his first novel for his MA programme at Lancaster University, and also has experience of working within the film and TV industries and would love to put some of his screenplays into production.
Frame 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.
Frame 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.
Nikki 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.
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).
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 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.
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.
The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a £6.5 million project to expand the use of creative technologies across the south west of England. The network is offering three one-year funded programmes around the themes of Immersion, Automation and Data.
So far the network has funded 51 research fellowships and 16 prototypes plus numerous micro grants across the region focusing on the themes of Immersion and Automation. These include Studio residents Little Lost Robot, who are currently working on a SWCTN-funded automation prototype Playable Places for Urban Spaces involving soft robotics. The final cohort of 24 fellows started in April to explore the field of Data. The Data prototyping call is due to go live this summer.
B+B Creative R+D
The Bristol + Bath Creative Industries Cluster is a partnership that aims to improve the performance of the creative industries in the Bristol and Bath region. The Cluster brings together the Watershed and several universities in the region (including Bath Spa University), working with a range of industry partners from broadcasting, gaming, design, architecture, performance, publishing and computing.
Paper Nations is a creative writing incubator. They:
- commission writers throughout the south west of England to create new work
- nurture local communities of support for writers, and
- create multi-channel partnerships to showcase new writing internationally.
At the heart of Paper Nations is a desire to help everyone enjoy and appreciate the art of writing.
Growing out of extensive research and consultation with practitioners, they ensure that their initiatives are relevant through an ongoing project to map the writing landscape, identify gaps in provision and enhance the existing writing ecology in a sustainable way.