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Bury St Edmunds

The Bury St Edmunds R&D Challenge starts soon!   

Team applications have now closed but you can read the brief and Q&A here 

  • We're looking for artists, designers, software developers and other creative industries professionals from the Bury St Edmunds area to take part in our R&D Challenge 

  • Taking part includes great professional development opportunities including learning new skills, building new networks, and gaining knowledge from people working in other creative fields.

Bury St Edmunds R&D Challenge is a five month experimental placemaking project exploring new ideas for data driven public artworks that encourage public interaction within and across the town centre, testing  new creative digital interventions that could animate the town centre, attract new visitors, including young people, improve wayfinding, and support greater footfall across the different areas. 

This project will challenge and support teams of participants to come up with novel ways to collect data (all anonymised, macro level) and create interactive projects, leading to a series of temporary prototype installations across the town centre to be explored by members of the public and audiences using smart devices as part of a time limited exhibition period.  

We're looking for teams of two to four people that include a mixture of skills covering both creative and programming. Each team member should submit an individual application, indicating their team name at the top of the application. 

The project will take place between November 2017 and February 2018 and comprises three parts: i) a series of professional development workshops; ii) the creation of a new data driven artwork or prototype, with iii) a public showing of the outcomes.  Each team will receive a total fee of £1,000 for parts ii and iii.



Our fantastic partners are Arts Council England, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, West Suffolk Council, and Our St Edmundsbury BID, with support from West Suffolk College. 





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