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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'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.
- 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.
- Academic: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Creative practice: email@example.com
- Portfolio: Walknow:tracks
- Forced Walks (in association with Lorna Brunstein)
- Twitter/Facebook: @walknowlive
- Instagram: @richardw25
Personal pronouns: he/him.
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.
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.
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.