An experimental programme supporting makers, artists and designers, working with technology to succeed on their terms.
We want MVWorks to have an instrumental effect on the long-term career path of those taking part. We also want it to inform the kind of member support we offer at Makerversity.
This is an experimental programme. We’ve put together something that we think will work, but it’s as much for the participants to shape the programme and their experience of it as it is for us.
WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR
The programme was open to anyone with a creative practice that explores technology in some way. They might have been an artist, a designer, a start up, a technologist, or something else entirely. We were looking for 3 things:
1) People who are critically reflective, entrepreneurial and creatively ambitious. You can be at any stage in your career but you should be looking to make a step change in your work and in your ability to integrate your creative and commercial ambitions.
2) A track record of challenging creative or artistic practice that explores the possibilities of technology as a medium and/or the critical implications of technology in the world we live in. This could take many forms.
3) A proposal for an individual project or idea you wish to develop during the programme. Again, this could take any form. The key thing is that your proposed project or idea will challenge you as an individual and make a long term difference to your work.
WHO’S BEHIND IT
MVWorks has been created by Makerversity, a pioneering community of over 60 emerging creative, technology-led businesses (170 individuals) based at Somerset House in London. We offer affordable studio, event and fabrication spaces and prototyping tools to our members.
The programme is funded by Arts Council England and Innovate UK through their Arts and Technology Pilot programme. This is a national programme aimed at testing new approaches to supporting innovative work at the intersection of art and technology. We’re excited to be one of the three organisations involved alongside NearNow Studio at Broadway in Nottingham and MadLab in Manchester.
Somerset House Trust is a key strategic partner for Makerversity and are also a significant collaborator and advisor on this programme.