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The University of Southampton
Transforming Creativity Research Group


Knowledge exchange and collaborations across and beyond the University are central to Transforming Creativity research. Members of the group work in collaboration with a range of external academic, practitioner, industry, and policy partners. Activities include jointly organised talks, workshops and events; learning and teaching initiatives with students, and research funding applications and projects.

Current projects and partnerships include:

Digital Suzhou: International Festival of Digital Arts, Culture and Creativity – WSA is the main international education partner of this new arts, culture and creativity festival. Engagement includes co-development of the launch edition of this festival including the curation of the opening talks series and projects. Currently advising on the second edition and developing events, industry partnerships and projects, speakers series and workshops for 2019.

Southampton City Art Gallery – participating in the “Digital Ideas Lab” and collaborating with a range of partners on research and development projects.

Southampton’s Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations – co-designing and undertaking a research project exploring arts funding in the UK.

Studio 144 – an engagement and evaluation project exploring public experiences, interactions and relationships with the organisations and activities connected with the complex.


Partnerships include:

Digital Suzhou: International Festival of Digital Arts, Culture and Creativity

Sussex Humanities Lab, University of Sussex

Southampton Cultural Trust

TAG (Technoculture, Art, Games): interdisciplinary centre for research / creation in game studies and design, digital culture and interactive art, Concordia University Montreal

The Pervasive Media Studio Bristol

Digital Cultures Research Centre Bristol

DARE: digital arts, research, education, UCL Institute of Education

Southampton City Gallery

Imagine@Lancaster, Lancaster University



Louise Coysh (Associate Director, Arts and Culture, University of Southampton)

Prof. Nicky Marsh (English, University of Southampton) - intersections between finance and culture

Prof. Jo Sofaer (Archaeology, University of Southampton) - archaeology and contemporary crafts / arts practice

Kate Langham (Bath Spa University) – playful design; design for urban space; inclusive design

Dr Alex Roberts (Southampton Solent University) - Digital co-creation, curation

Tine Bech – interactive / light artist, play scholar

Dr Toby Bennett (Southampton Solent University) – cultural economy, music industry

Dylan Yamada-Rice (Dubit Ltd / Royal College of Art) - digital play and VR for children, visual methods, information experience design

James Branch (Falmouth) – information and interface design; media and technology in urban spaces; media infrastructures; the role of design in research

Staff, postgraduate researchers and affiliated members


Staff, postgraduate researchers and affiliated members

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