As part of FACT and Culture Liverpool’s The Future World of Work programme, we are announcing an open call for workplace-based creative residencies. FACT invites artists and creative practitioners to submit proposals exploring how new working practices, business processes, and technologies are changing working life.

The programme will include six fully-funded residencies to develop creative workplace interventions, in partnership with businesses in the Liverpool City Region. Drawing upon artistic inquiry and research methods, this project aims to engage artists with employers to stimulate debate with businesses, policymakers and the public at large.

The programme is an exciting opportunity for artists to develop their practice whilst immersed in an authentic working environment. By appraising the norms, idiosyncrasies and broader sectoral developments for a specific workplace, the residency is a platform to interrogate late capitalism’s technology zeitgeist, stimulating new dialogues around the social implications of innovations in the workplace. 

Outcomes will be presented in an exhibition at FACT in Spring 2019.

A resident fee of £2500, with £1500 for travel and accommodation and £2000 towards production will be awarded for work carried out between May - October 2018 in the Liverpool City Region, UK.

Deadline for Applications: Monday 16 April 2018, 10am.

Download the Open Call brief here.

Download the Application Form here.

For more information on this call, contact Tom Rowlands Tom.Rowlands@fact.co.uk

 

LCR Activate Residency 

The residency programme will connect and support two strategic projects being delivered by FACT in the Liverpool City Region during 2018. We define these linked R&D projects through a closely related Digital Culture Research theme with deliverables informing a high-profile Digital Innovation programme.

Digital Culture Research: The Future World of Work is a programme of high-visibility participatory art experiences, workplace based residencies, and learning focused public engagement activities. Capturing late-capitalism’s technology zeitgeist, The Future World of Work will appraise current speculation and expose new trajectories for technology and working life, thus informing business and policy dialogue on business, innovation and work in Liverpool City Region.

Digital Innovation: LCR Activate supports and inspires digital and creative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Liverpool City Region by providing access to new technologies and expertise for the development of new products or tools via the applications of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, High Performance Computing, Merging Data, Cloud Technologies and Immersive Creative Technologies (e.g. VR & AR). The project is led by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), in partnership with FACT and the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership, and is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Jointly, these complementary projects will provide you with access to resources, local SMEs, and technology specialists, enabling you to innovate and collaborate, and to develop and share new work, practices and insights through your residency.

Residency Host and Conditions

Your proposal should support LCR Activate’s programme interest in the creative, commercial and social applications of the above digital technologies Your creative practice will unearth and contribute new knowledge and ideas to Liverpool City Region’s digital creative economy and, specifically, to participants on the LCR Activate programme. With this in mind, your residency will enable you to:

● Engage and Immerse yourself within the working environment of your residency host.

● Collaborate with technology experts and digital and creative SMEs.

● Establish new insights, methods or practices for the flourishing digital creative economy.

● Share findings from your creative residency with businesses, audiences and policy makers.

What is LCR Activate?

LCR Activate supports digital and creative industry (DCI) small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Liverpool City Region by providing access to new technologies and expertise for the development of new products ortools. The project will support businesses through workshops helping to create innovation roadmaps, right through to more advanced and intensive assists. These can provide businesses with new technologies to help them access new markets, enhance productivity and grow via the applications of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, High Performance Computing, Merging Data, Cloud Technologies and Immersive Creative Technologies (e.g. virtual and augmented reality). The project is led by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), in partnership with FACT and the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and will lever the world class capabilities at STFC’s Hartree Centre and other key innovation assets, working closely with the Local Growth Hub. The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Still from Cohen Van Balen, 75 Watt, 2013. Supported by Arts Council England; Flemish Authorities; Ask4Me Group; Zhongshan City White Horse Electric Company; FACT, Liverpool; V2_Institute for the Unstable Media; and workspacebrussels. Image courtesy of the artists. 

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