Living Research 2018: Call for Makers and Academics

Deadline: 26 February 2018

The British Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council are seeking applications for three makers and three academics based in the UK to take part in Living Research 2018.

The aim of the programme is to uncover the local ecosystem of creative practitioners, academics, industrial design houses, makerspaces and technology hubs, and how the UK maker culture could meaningfully engage with them. Participants will collaborate with local makers and academics to gain a deeper understanding of the maker sector in each city.

For this new cycle the programme aims to expand the scope of the research and explore maker practices in cities with different development models and craft heritage. The Living Research delegates will start their research in Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province located in the southwest of China.

The programme will also provide the opportunity to apply for a follow-on grant to the academics interested in carrying on the research. Through cross-disciplinary research in Xi’an and Chengdu, the Living Research delegates will produce a series of outputs that will include blogs, reports as well as a map. This map, shared as open data, will highlight the relationships between the key actors and organisations engaged in the maker sector.

The Living Research programme was developed by the British Council and AHRC to explore the differences between making cultures in the UK and China. The first research trip took place in Shenzhen and Shanghai. This project was marked by a blog series, dissemination events and fed into the development of the maker residency programme Hello Shenzhen.

Benefits

  • The British Council and AHRC will cover travel, accommodation, visa and subsistence costs.
  • This will be given in the form of a grant and participants will need to book their own travel arrangements with guidance from the British Council.
  • The delivery partner in China will provide translation and logistic support during visits and events.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be over 18 and a resident of the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland)
  • Be proactive and a self-starter
  • Demonstrate your interest in Chinese culture
  • Be an academic with an interest in one or several of the following subjects: design, craft, repair and making cultures, creative industries, grassroots organisations, collaborative practices and knowledge exchange hubs,
  • Open innovation, community development and enterprise
  • Be a maker / creative practitioner looking to develop your practice

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

Eligible Country: U.K

For more information, please visit British Council.

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