South West Creative Technology Network

Kaleider is excited to be a part of the South West Creative Technology Network, offering paid (£15k) fellowships to people from industry, academia and new talent to think deeply about the potential, challenges and opportunities in the realm of immersion, automation and data.

We interested in the uses of creative technology in a variety of areas including those outside of the creative industries, for example in health, training, distributed manufacture, heritage and education. We are excited about innovative uses of technologies that engage users in hybrid experiences that are ethical, promote wellbeing, connect us to one another and create value across the South West of England.

We are looking for people who combine an original R&D perspective on the theme with an open and exploratory approach. Fellows will work individually and within a cohort to engage in deep thinking, discussion and critique; drawing out potential opportunity and challenging current assumptions. They will be supported to spend time on an individual line of enquiry, which could include paper-prototyping, playful experimentation and research to develop new knowledge that can be shared with the cohort and more broadly.

Each year Fellows will go through a period of deep thinking, followed by opportunity to be involved in a prototyping phase, where we will invest £240k in eight prototypes. Teams will have access to business development advice and support following the prototype phase, with a view to gaining further investment in order to get the prototype to its potential users or audiences.

Each Fellow will receive a £15k bursary to support time and research costs. Academics must be based at one of our University partners, others will have a connection to the South West.


Photo by Jon Aitken of From the Light of the Fire, Our Dancing Shadows by Kaleider

Applications for immersion fellowships are now closed.

The Automation Fellowship call, plus information about other ways you can get involved, coming soon!


The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a £6.5 million project to expand the use of creative technologies across the region. Funded by Research England, the network will offer three one-year funded programmes around the themes of immersion, automation and data. This new network is led by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), in partnership with Watershed in Bristol, Kaleider in Exeter, Bath Spa University, the University of Plymouth and Falmouth University.


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