South West Creative Technology Network

What is SWCTN?

The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a £6.5 million project to expand the use of creative technologies across the south west of England.

It is funded by Research England, and offers 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 Kaleider, Watershed, Bath Spa University, the University of Plymouth and Falmouth University.

You can visit the SWCTN website here.

Fellowship Programme

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.

3 x fellowship cohorts | 1 theme per cohort: Immersion | Automation | Data

Example theme timeline:

Immersion R&D Bursaries


In parallel to our Immersion Fellowship programme we offered four Devon based individuals Research & Development bursaries. These bursaries are for new immersive ideas or experiences that utilise Creative Technology


Each recipient receives up to a £2,000 bursary, residence at Kaleider Studios for the duration of the R&D, and mentoring in idea development, producing, funding and creative technology to support the future of their ideas.

Bursary Recipients

Producer Fellowships

Alongside our Immersion, Automation and Data Fellows, we also have three Producer Fellows. They have received a grant to explore the role of the Producer in Art and Technology Innovation. They’ll be resident at Kaleider Studios during their Fellowships, and we’ll share their progress as they go.

Producer Fellows