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How we work

Curious about the future?

Our mission is to empower citizens, communities and project partners to harness art and technology to create positive change in the world. Through research, participatory design and public art commissioning, we champion the role of grassroots innovation, creating opportunities for community engagement, participation and co-creation.

Here are some of the ways we can work with you…

Art commissioning and development

We regularly co-commission and produce public art in response to digital culture, as well as curating exhibitions and nurturing talent through residency opportunities

A young woman in wearable technology performs as part of SUPERGESTURES at The Whitworth

Participatory research and design

We collaborate with communities and organisations to understand complex issues, and to co-create and test possible solutions

A group of people drawing maps and ideas as part of a participatory design workshop

Knowledge sharing

From knowledge exchange workshops to community forums, we create space for learning and collaboration

Group of people writing ideas during a knowledge sharing workshop

Living labs and public events

We pioneer the festival as lab method, finding playful ways to critically engage with new technologies

Joe Beedles performing live audiovisual set at Future Sessions launch party

Our approach

People centred

Our approach is collaborative and community engaged. From participatory design to practical workshops, community forums to cultural events, we always start with people

Art led

We champion the transformative role of art in non-art domains, creating opportunities for artists, designers and creative technologists through regular commissions and innovation challenges

Technology aware

Through demos, hack days and festival as lab, we question the cultural impact of science and technology, finding playful ways to test new ideas in real-world situations

Let's talk

Whether you’re a community start up or large scale organisation, we can work with you to think about the future. Whatever the size of your challenge, get in touch and let’s talk!