The Studio in Bath, Bath Spa University’s city-centre research and innovation hub, is delighted to announce the six awarded projects from its 2023 Studio Innovation Fund. The fund supports freelancers, micro-businesses, social enterprises and third sector organisations, based in Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES), to progress their creative technology project ideas whilst also responding to the fund’s themes of inclusion and environmental sustainability.

Debdo Adventures

Debdo Adventures is run by theatre producer Deborah Beale. Through the creation and use of accessible low-tech automata – animated, motion sensitive puppet art/robots constructed from recyclable materials, this project seeks to engage and consult with the wider community in Twerton for increased wellbeing and health support.

Fran Chambers

Fran Chambers is a multidisciplinary artist based in Bath. This project aims to showcase and expand the use of technology, specifically Artificial Intelligence (AI), in the creation of art, raising awareness and engagement with new audiences and participants as well as the development of Fran’s own practice and personal AI programme.

Lille Crabtree

Lille Crabtree is a multidisciplinary artist based in Bath. This participatory music technology project aims to increase the engagement and wellbeing of young people at the Southside community centre, by exploring new approaches to artistic expression, appreciation and communication, via the use of music with Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools.

The Egg Theatre

The Egg Theatre for young audiences. Placing inclusion at the heart of storytelling and theatre for young audiences, this project will explore accessible creative technology in production design. From digital puppetry to stage avatars and motion-capture, the project is also focussed on upskilling local disabled/neurodivergent associate artists.

Tony Oxley Sound

Tony Oxley Sound is run by artist and sound designer Tony Oxley. This sound art project seeks to capture the ‘hidden’ sounds of Bath through community audio recordings of the electromagnetic field that’s all around us, looking into the effects technology has on people and the environment. These recordings will be made into a new composition and be shared online via the creation of a ‘Hidden Sounds’ library.

Trigger Productions 

Trigger Productions create live and digital events. This project aims to raise awareness of the unethical patenting of botany and the indigenous communities affected through an outdoor performance piece with postable boxes and augmented reality.

A showcase of the projects will be taking place at The Studio on Tuesday 11th July, as part of the Bath Digital Festival. 

This is the third year that The Studio has offered funding for innovative creative technology projects that respond to local and global challenges. Read about all of the brilliant projects to have been awarded on the Fund webpage.

If you have any questions about The Studio Innovation Fund, please contact Louisa Clark, Project Manager: thestudio@bathspa.ac.uk

Shona Wright

Shona covers all things editorial at TechSPARK. She publishes news articles, interviews and features about our fantastic tech and digital ecosystem, working with startups and scaleups to spread the word about the cool things they're up to. She also oversees TechSPARK's social media, sharing the latest updates on everything from investment news to green tech meetups and inspirational stories.