About the REACT Hub

REACT (Research and Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technology) is one of four UK Hubs for exchanging knowledge between arts and humanities research and the creative economy. From 2012-15 REACT will invest £3million in up to 70 themed projects in the South West of England, in Wales and nationally.

REACT is a collaboration between the University of the West of England, the Watershed Arts Trust (and iShed) and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. We are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and supported by partners in heritage, broadcasting, digital media, publishing and beyond. With these partners we aim to generate a transformation in arts-driven economic and social impact.

Themes and projects

New themes and project competitions will run approximately twice each year through a collaborative Sandbox process. To qualify you must have a project that is a collaboration between arts and humanities research and a creative economy partner.

The first theme was Heritage, and the successful projects – including two from Bristol – will be showcasing their work on 23 September.

The second theme is ‘Books and Print’ and will fund six collaborations that develop explorations around how we read, learn and publish. The process of application involves attendance at a sandbox and normally requires participation in one of three half-day ideas labs as well as a written application. These labs have already taken place. Ideas, however inchoate, may be discussed with the team at REACT or at the University. The deadline for applications is 8 October 2012.

For more information, see the REACT Hub website. Future themes will include ‘Future Documentary’ and ‘Objects’.

Other funding schemes

Project Fund

The REACT Project Fund is designed to offer £20,000 - £30,000 for projects that did not receive an award in their initial Sandbox bid or are unsuitable for the Sandbox process.

Pump Priming Fund

The fund will offer up to 5 commissions of between £5,000 and £15,000 (funded at 80% at FEC). The aim of the fund is to support partnerships to develop to the point where they can do one of the following:

  • Develop a compelling bid for a REACT Sandbox programme
  • Develop a bid for REACT’s Project Fund
  • Develop a bid/pitch to other sources of investment/funding (in this case projects must demonstrate how Pump Priming will offer a clear route to securing these funds).

How you can develop a project

Please contact us if you would like to develop a REACT project or wish to explore how the University of Bristol can work with your organisation. If you work at the University, then we can also offer advice on finding and connecting with creative economy partners. Further information can be found on the main REACT website.

REACT at Bristol

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