Southpaw wins Creative Fuse North East funding!

14/12/2017 Robby

Southpaw wins Creative Fuse North East funding!

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We’re delighted to have been chosen for a Creative Fuse Innovation Pilot Award!

Our project fuses dance theatre with immersive technology to approach societal challenges from a range of different perspectives. Robby Graham, Artistic Director of Southpaw Dance Company said: “We pride ourselves on creating captivating experiences for dancers, community casts and audiences, and the chance to experiment with immersive technologies to enhance our capabilities is very exciting.” We’ll be working with digital SMEs and researchers from Sunderland and Teesside Universities to deliver experimental public access workshops over the next six months.

Other successful projects included digital art therapy for people living with dementia and metal sculptures which will help regulate building temperatures, among 31 innovative projects funded through a £250k scheme by Creative Fuse North East. 

Professor Eric Cross, the Principal Investigator for Creative Fuse, based at Newcastle University said: “We have been very impressed with the ideas that the region has brought to this open call. We hope that these collaborations generate new ways to bring traditional arts and culture into the digital world and demonstrate how creativity can spill over beyond the CDIT sector and stimulate innovation elsewhere, including the health, agriculture, and construction sectors. These awarded projects signify the start of an incredibly exciting time for Creative Fuse and the North East.”

Creative Fuse North East is a unique partnership between Newcastle, Northumbria, Durham, Sunderland and Teesside Universities and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the European Regional Development Fund, and Arts Council England. The project offers a variety of business innovation support opportunities, insights into the regional creative economy, and brings different working disciplines into closer collaboration through their monthly CAKE (Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange) networking events.

The full list of projects can be found on the Creative Fuse website 

Creative Fuse North East Innovation Pilots are supported by: