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In this month's Brigstow Happenings.....


Brigstow Institute launches new creative research project

The Brigstow Institute has launched a new creative research project to explore the politics of immigration and the environment through planting. The research team will co–design two hospitable spaces in Royal Fort Gardens with and for migratory humans and nonhumans.  This research builds on two previous Brigstow Experimental Partnerships who will work collaboratively with relevant communities, gardeners and artists.

Find out more about the garden project and who is involved.

Funding Awards

We are delighted to be able to share with you our latest round of funding awards. 
Funded projects will explore the themes of:
  • “Covid and Structural Inequalities”
  • “Research and the Creative Industries”
  • “Living Well in the 21st Century”
All research is undertaken by interdisciplinary and coproduced research teams.

Collaborative Fellowships

The Brigstow Institute has awarded two Collaborative Fellowship awards that seek to critically interrogate structural inequalities that have been particularly highlighted by the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Collaborative Fellowships have been awarded to: “Access and Active Leisure in a Time of the Pandemic: Tales of Two Cities” and “Including the Excluded: Education and Wellbeing in a time of COVID”

Find out more about the Collaborative Fellowships and who is involved. 


Ideas Exchanges 2021

The Brigstow Institute has awarded Ideas Exchange funding to thirteen new interdisciplinary research partnerships.

The projects funded range from exploring the inequalities within our food to opening a print shop or exploring trauma focused approaches in oral healthcare. 

Find out more about the Ideas Exchanges and who is involved. 


Experimental Partnerships- Seedcorn 2021

The Brigstow Institute has awarded Seedcorn funding to seven new interdisciplinary research partnerships.

Projects range from soft robotics for creative inclusion to exploring community soundscapes for urban exploration and sonic architecture.

Find out more about the Experimental Partnerships and who is involved. 



Seedcorn Studentships 2021

Application deadline: 12 noon Friday 9th April 2021.

Brigstow is offering University of Bristol postgraduate research students and students on MRes programmes a paid opportunity to work with one of our experimental partnerships as they carry out research on an interdisciplinary and co-produced research project.

There are a mix of disciplines and skills requested, from poetry to robotics, from creative methods to data analysis, from law to sound. There are seven studentships available, each serving different projects. 

Find out more about the Seedcorn Studentships on offer, eligibility and application process.


Blog Post: Unearthing Disciplinary Defaults

By Prof Tim Cole, Brigstow Institute Director

Reflections on unearthing "disciplinary defaults" within interdisciplinary research teams and finding a common language.

Read blog post Unearthing Disciplinary Defaults.


Creative Industries

Teachers as Researchers: Call for a Creative Partner

Deadline: Midday, Monday 12th April 2021.
c.£750 available for the creative partner.

"Developing a methodology for the empowerment of teachers-as-researchers in the context of Sustainability and Climate Change Education" are looking for a creative partner to give creative input into challenges faced, suggest novel approaches to collect information and data, and ways to share this with educators.

Find out more about Teachers as Researchers call for a Creative Partner.


Who's in our food? Creative commission

Deadline: Midday, Wednesday 21st April 2021.
c.£4,500 available for the commission.

"Who's in our food?" are looking to commission an artist in residence who will join their network April-July 2021. The artist will help them to explore food justice as a set of issues, and as a concept in its own right. The creative will help them to explore what food justice means and why it gathers the coalition of food researchers to explore the set of systemic problems that they are involved in tackling in their diverse research projects. The artist in residence will help "Who's in our food?" to explore what food justice can ‘do’ and what it can ‘mean'.

Find out more about the "Who's in our food?"  creative commission and how to apply.


WECA launch new business support programme for creative industries

As part of their regional recovery plan West of England Combined Authority are launching a new business support programme for SMEs working in the creative industries and freelance creatives who require support as a result of the impacts of Covid-19.

Find out more about WECA support.

Coproduction Corner

Creating Living Knowledge

A great resource for exploring coproduction is Creating Living Knowledge, a report produced by Connected Communities. Published in 2016, it has some really useful information such as the different traditions of co-produced, co-designed, co-led projects, negotiating competing desires within a project and the problem with money!
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