About us

Collusion is a not for profit company working at the intersection of arts, technology and human interaction.

Collusion is a playful, experimental agency for Cambridge that facilitates collaborative interdisciplinary explorations focusing on new work with artists within the area of embedded and locative systems - including the wider generic concepts of the internet of things and smart cities. We aim to:

  • respond to the unique opportunity to build on Cambridge’s indigenous strength as a world leading technology innovation hub

  • deliver critically engaged artistic work that is a product of the unique resources within the city

  • deliver exceptional experiences for audiences as both participants and viewers

  • achieve disruptive outcomes that challenge the status quo and supporting innovation across disciplines

  • contribute to a heightened profile for Cambridge as a contemporary, international city and ultimately, build a reputation for the city as a leading R&D centre for arts and technology

Collusion’s creators and directors are Rachel Drury and Simon Poulter, leading arts professionals with national reputations and substantial combined experience in excess of thirty years

Rachel Drury has established herself as a leading thinker in the Cambridge arts and technology sector. Most recently Rachel has developed the ‘Sonic Pi:Live & Coding’ project working with Cambridge Junction, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and University of Cambridge, funded by the Digital R & D Fund, and has worked with a number of other agencies developing strategic programmes. Rachel worked at Arts Council England up until 2013, where she contributed to strategic developments in the East of England such as the shared prospectus with EEDA and also to national programmes including The Space.

Simon Poulter is an artist and curator who has developed projects and programmes for a number of key arts organisations nationally. These include FACT, Watershed, AND Festival, MAC and The Atkinson. Simon was Associate Curator at Metal where he devised various projects including Macoto Murayama - New Works for Liverpool Biennial and NetPark, a Digital R & D funded project at Metal Southend. Simon has recently exhibited work at the Whitechapel Art Gallery and MIMA in Middlesborough.