About us

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

We create ambitious, disruptive, immersive works that consider the impact of emerging technology on society, inviting public engagement & interaction.  Our mission is to build an international profile for the Cambridge area as an R&D centre for interdisciplinary arts & technology collaboration that engages artists/creatives, academics and technologists to generate work that could only have been produced here.

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 and wider area

  • 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 was established in 2014 by creators and directors Rachel Drury and Simon Poulter, leading arts professionals with national reputations and substantial combined experience in excess of 40 years.

Rachel Drury is a creative producer, fundraiser and strategist. For 15 years, Rachel worked at a senior level for Arts Council England contributing to strategic developments in the East of England such as the shared prospectus with EEDA and national programmes including The Space. Since leaving Arts Council in 2013, she's raised in excess of £2.5m for a range of arts projects, including developing and delivering projects such as Sonic Pi:Live & Coding Cambridge Junction, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and University of Cambridge, funded by the Digital R & D Fund, which brought live coding into secondary school music lessons and a range of informal settings. 

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 exhibited work at the Whitechapel Art Gallery and MIMA in Middlesborough.