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Dive in for the latest news from the Creative Industries Clusters and Audience of the Future challenges, funded by UK Research and Innovation.

It's a pleasure to share updates on funding, events, launches, research, cutting-edge R&D projects and lots more from across the UK creative industries.

Plus, as this month's BEYOND conference (20-21 October) approaches, read on for all the latest, including the Immersive Futures Lab Showcase and Meet the Makers sessions. If you haven't got your ticket yet, attend in-person at the Early Bird rate (£299) or catch all the action online (for just £69). 

Read on for all of this and more...

 UAL Launches Fashion, Textiles & Technology Institute
➤ £2.8m Awarded to British Textile & Fashion SMEs for Sustainable Innovation 
 BEYOND (20-21 Oct) Tickets + Showcase Announced
 Access Up to £10k - Bristol + Bath Creative R+D Trailblazer Fund
 Future Foundation 'Everything You Need for Funding Success' Event, 12 Oct
 New Landscapes Fashion, Textiles & Technology Fund *closes 17 Oct*
 Apply Now for £30-120k BFI Short Form Animation Fund *closes 25 Oct*
➤ £1k Support Grants Available for Edinburgh Freelancers *closes 1 Nov*
 Up to £10k Funding via SIGN Grants Scheme **closes 15 Nov**
 Just Launched - Download the StoryFutures Business Insight Report



£50k Clwstwr & National Museum Wales
Access £50k funding for SMEs in the Wales creative sector to support the R&D of innovative ways to experience and interact with Amgueddfa Cymru’s collections on a local and global scale. Deadline 11 October.
 More information

£200k Amplified Publishing Prototype Call
Bristol + Bath Creative R+D themed prototype call open now - funding for services, products or processes that explore the future of publishing. Deadline 20 October.
 More information

Future Screens NI Short Film Call 2021-22
Funding to encourage Northern Ireland resident producers to make a significant contribution to developing talent within the local industry as well as developing creative talent. Deadline 29 October.
 More information

Challenge Holders Applications Open 
Creative Informatics is looking for creative organisations in Edinburgh & South East Scotland keen to power new ideas with a data-driven solution. Closes 3 November.
 More information

£10k SIGN Grants Scheme
Funding to support academic researchers contributing to knowledge & understanding of the screen industries in Yorkshire & Humber. Deadline 15 November.
 More information

£10k Bristol + Bath Creative R+D Trailblazer
Supporting new or existing ideas related to creative technology from individuals, companies or collaborations that create impact in Bristol or Bath. 
 More information

Horizon Europe Funding 

European research and innovation funding programme offering over 144.5m euros for research into cultural heritage and the cultural and creative industries. 
 More information
Showcasing Cutting-Edge R&D Projects

The Immersive Futures Lab showcase at BEYOND features creative projects that demonstrate innovative ideas, new types of content and novel uses of technologies drawn from many cutting-edge R&D work developed as part of the Audience of the Future and Creative Industries Clusters Programmes, together with Arts Council England funded projects. A selection of the projects will also be exhibiting in Belfast on 20-21 October, as part of the conference at the Titanic Experience.

 Find out more

Meet The Makers @ BEYOND 2021

As part of the BEYOND main conference (20-21 October), a series of Meet the Makers sessions provide a unique chance to find out more about the creatives and their R&D projects showcasing in the Immersive Futures Lab. Delve into the details of these fascinating projects, taking delegates through the ins and outs of the creative processes involved, plus the chance to ask questions and engage with the makers directly. Check out a few of the projects below... 
Project XO Remote: Interactive Dance & Robotics Installation for Online Audiences. 

New Movement Collective's Project XO Remote, enables audiences to engage with the interactive experience by navigating a robotic exoskeleton suit and interacting with live performers from home. The participant experience is at the core of the concept, giving them a sense of play and responsibility. 

 Find out more
Seeds of Life: A Meditative, Interactive Journey Through the Natural World

Seeds of Life is an immersive, interactive experience brought to you by National Film and TV School & StoryFutures Academy. Inspired by the way in which trees communicate underground through a vast fungal network, players begin in a space-like underworld and then travel along roots, creating life as they go. 

 Find out more
Dragon Legends: An Augmented-Reality Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Card Game

Dragon Legends is an R&D prototype from Play Well for LifeThe AR card game is designed to support seriously ill young people in their transition from child to adult health services, aiming to help these people address anxieties and concerns around transition of care as they move into the adult world.

 Find out more

Curatours Museum of Plastic 2121: In the Future You’ll Find Plastic Only in Museums

Museum of Plastic from Cooperative Innovations is an imagined future museum, built to teach future generations about plastics. It tells the story of how activism started in 2021 led to the positive change that resulted in us cleaning up our oceans and forever changing our relationship with plastic.

 Find out more

Timings for all Meet the Makers sessions at BEYOND can be found here. And check out the Immersive Futures Lab to check out all projects to showcase.

 BEYOND 2021 - Less than 2 Weeks to go!

There's still time to book an in-person or online ticket to BEYOND! You can attend in-person (Belfast) at the Early Bird rate of just £299 - availability is limited, so buy now to save £££! The final batch of in-person tickets will be released at the standard in-person rate of £399. In-person tickets include:

 Full access to the conference & Immersive Futures Lab Showcase
 Access to special events in Belfast on 19 & 22 Oct 
 all online sessions via our event platform and post-event videos

Or, catch all the action online for just £69. Concession tickets are available for students, freelancers, artists and those currently unemployed.  

 See all BEYOND Tickets



UAL Launches Fashion, Textiles & Technology Institute

Building on the Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology Creative R&D Partnership, University of the Arts London announces the Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute (FTTI), directed by Professor Jane Harris. The new institute is the first of its kind to incorporate design, STEM, cultural anthropology and business practices. "The FTTI is uniquely placed to provide industry with specialist cross-sectoral academic and business support, and most importantly the agency to lead fashion, textiles and technology innovation through R&D – helping to achieve economic recovery and growth using more sustainable methods", says Professor Harris.

 Find out more

£2.8m Awarded to British Textile & Fashion SMEs for Sustainable Innovation

Following an initial £1.2m  investment by the Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (BFTT) R&D Programme Grants in 2020 to 10 of the UK's leading SMEs in the fashion and textiles industry, the BFTT is proud to announce a further  £1.1m in funding to 13 pioneering businesses that place sustainability, innovation and social purpose at the heart of their business model. This award brings the total investment by BFTT - including £500k collaborative research funding across three further BFTT projects - to approximately £2.8m across 35 SMEs, creating at least 20 new jobs. 

➤ Find out more

Fashion Institute Tackles Global Environmental Challenges

Following the recent announcement from the University of Leeds on the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC), headed by Future Fashion Factory, the UKRI has published an article welcoming the launch of the institute. Based at the University of Leeds, LITAC brings together existing areas of excellence, which since 2018, has helped businesses to develop sustainable processes and digital tools.

 Read article

New Landscapes: Fashion, Textiles & Technology Catalyst R&D Grant Scheme

The Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute (FTTI, UAL) has partnered with the British Council to support new ideas for the future of sustainable fashion, textiles and related technology. A new grant scheme will provide five collaborative grants of up to £6k cash and up to £14k in-kind support (deadline 17 October). In response to global drivers, the programme encourages international cooperation to re-evaluate the industry’s relationship with climate change, the environment, and the need for radical transparency and social responsibility.

➤ More info & apply

Apply Now: SIGN’s First Grants Scheme

SIGN’s First Grants Scheme is supporting academic researchers to develop projects which contribute to knowledge and understanding of the screen industries in Yorkshire and the Humber. Researchers who are based at higher education institutions in the UK are invited to apply for funding of up to £10,000 in order to support their research. The scheme will only support researchers who have not been a principal investigator or co-investigator already on a grant worth more than £5,000. Deadline 15 November.

 More info & apply

£10K Support Available Via Trailblazer Fund 

The Trailblazer Fund from Bristol + Bath Creative R+D will support new or existing ideas related to creative technology from individuals, companies or collaborations that create impact in Bristol or Bath. You can apply for up to £10,000 and they will fund ideas that propel your creative and/or business practice forwards.

 More info & FAQ’s.

 12 Oct @ 12:00 - Future Foundation Presents: Everything You Need for Funding Success

The Future Foundations at Future Screens NI presents an exciting opportunity to learn from leading experts in the industry on everything you need for funding success. Hosted by Karishma Kusurkar, a designer, podcaster and founder of Belfast Design Week and Karishma's World, featuring Tom Fiddian, Head of AI & Data Economy Programmes at Innovate UK, and Thushara Sabreen, Innovation Lead for the Creative Industries at Innovate UK. In person tickets are sold out, but you can still join online.


StoryFutures Launch Business Insight Report

This new report from Storyfutures looks at the recent advances in immersive business model development as well as how these practices come together in new types of creative businesses. With a primary focus on immersive content-creating SMEs — those pushing the boundaries of storytelling with emerging immersive technology.

 Read report



Industry Recognition for The Big Fix Up

It's been a week to celebrate for The Big Fix Up! The app, a collaboration between Fictioneers and Aardman, has been recognised as overall winner in Blooloop's Innovation Awards 2021 Digital category, as well as making the 2021 BIMA10. And to top it off, Fictioneers were also shortlisted in The Drum Awards for the Digital Industries, in the "Most Effective Use of VR and AR" category for their work on The Big Fix Up and Fix Up The City. Congratulations to all involved!

Storyfutures Academy Supports BFI Short Form Animation Fund 

Apply for the BFI Short Form Animation Fund, supporting growth in the UK animation sector. With awards of £30,000 to £120,000 available for successful projects, the fund, which is now in its second round, is seeking applications from a wide array of UK animators and will back projects which represent a significant advancement in their work, enable progression and open up new opportunities. The Fund is supported by National Lottery funding and operated by the BFI Film Fund. Deadline 25 October.

 More info & apply

Job Interview Simulator Improves Performance In French Schools

Following the release of the Job Interview Simulator in May, Bodyswaps is deploying the technology at a number of educational institutions all over the world in order to assess learning performance and optimise deployment modalities. As part of their Partnership Programme, they have recently piloted the VR job interview training solution with students at HEC Paris, KEDGE and Passy Saint Honoré Sup.

 Find out more

'Laika' To Launch in VR at BFI LFF Expanded 

StoryFutures Academy has announced that their XR Commission ‘Laika’, directed by BAFTA and award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona), will launch in immersive virtual reality at the BFI LFF Expanded on October 2021.

Based on the iconic graphic novel by Nick Abadzis and in partnership with BFI, StoryFutures AcademyFilm4 and Passion Pictures, ‘Laika’ brings to life the ground-breaking true story of earth’s first space traveller in immersive virtual reality and CG animation. 

 Find out more



Support Fund for Edinburgh Based Freelancers

Edinburgh Performing Arts Development (EPAD) and Creative Edinburgh have announced a further iteration of the Practice Support Fund for freelance artists, technicians and creatives working in the arts and creative industries in Edinburgh. This fund is to support those whose ability to work was affected by Covid-19 restrictions before 31st March 2021. The fund will make grants of £1000 available to eligible freelance artists, technicians and creatives. Deadline 1 November.

➤ More info & apply

The Burnt City: Punchdrunk To Stage Retelling Of The Fall Of Troy

Immersive theatre company Punchdrunk is to undertake its most ambitious project to date with a “future noir” retelling of the fall of Troy. The Burnt City will be staged at the company’s new headquarters at Woolwich Works, where some 600 theatregoers at a time will be given free rein to walk around the contrasting ancient worlds of Troy and Mycenae, each given a dystopian sci-fi spin, where they will encounter gods, monsters and perhaps a secret passageway or two over a three-hour evening.

 Find out more

Israel-Bavaria-UK Symposium: Horizon Europe

The international symposium on 19 October 2021 focusses on four specific topics from Cluster 2 “Culture, creativity and inclusive society” of the new EU Framework Programme “Horizon Europe” and invites British, Bavarian and Israeli stakeholders from the academy, research organisations, industry and other fields to explore new cooperation and network. The event is organised by experts from the Israel-Europe R&D Directorate (ISERD), the Scientific Coordination Office Bavaria-Israel of the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR) and UKRI.

 More info & register


Future Foundation Presents: Everything You Need for Funding Success
 12.10.2021 | 12:00  BST
Future Foundations at Future Screens NI presents an exciting opportunity to learn from leading experts in the industry on everything you need for funding success.  

Hopeful Futures: Relational Power
 14.10.2021  14:00 - 15:30 BST
Join chair, Dr Furaha Asani and panelists as they begin to unpack how we can realise change in our everyday lives

Israel-Bavaria-UK Symposium: Horizon Europe
 19.10.2021 | 09:00-12:30 BST
International symposium with British, Bavarian and Israeli stakeholders from the academy, research organisations and industry, explores new cooperation & network.

Pixel Mill: Video Game Industry Workshops
  From 19.10.2021 – 28.10.2021
A series of workshops aiming to prepare individuals entering the gaming industry, hosted by Future Screens NI & NI Screen's Gaming Incubator The Pixel Mill.


BEYOND 2021 

 20 - 21.10.2021 
Hosted in Belfast, to feature 40+ speakers with keynotes, panels, think pieces, Q&As, showcases and more - this year focusing on the theme of Creative Places . 

 Tickets (in-person and online)


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