CTRL is a development programme
In partnership with Submerge Festival, CTRL (Creative Technology Research Labs) is a new development programme for artists based in Greater Manchester looking to learn and develop skills in creative technology performance, immersive experience making, and digital creation tools. Through CTRL we want to invest in the digital and creative technology artists of the future, and we are excited to be able to offer further support to artists who are interested in developing innovative new live experiences using creative tech.
In January to July 2023, CTRL supported 14 artists who are under-represented in the sector to learn from inspirational creative technology artists, gain new skills and knowledge, connect with local and national artists and organisations, and start to develop ideas for the creation of new creative technology performances and immersive experiences.
As a continuation of the CTRL programme, The Lowry and Submerge Festival have now offered four research and development residencies exclusively to artists taking part in CTRL 2023 to spend time researching and developing new ideas involving creative technology.
EACH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT RESIDENCY WILL INCLUDE:
Seed funding of £2000 towards the research and development of a new production or exhibition.
Rehearsal space at The Lowry to research and develop work.
A platform to test and showcase your work in development as part of Submerge Festival 2024 at The Lowry, if appropriate.
Access to support and mentoring from The Lowry and Submerge Festival tailored to the needs of your project. This could include support with applying to Arts Council England, advice on approaching other artists and potential partners.
Support with marketing and advocacy for your project as part of Submerge Festival 2024
Meet Andee Collard
Andee Collard is a visual artist based in Bolton. He is interested in making art everyday and has several ongoing projects. Andee’s current practice uses CNC machines to make analogue paintings and drawings. His practice is a hybrid approach that combines aspects of painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, design, coding, engineering, writing, performance and education. The mash up and the cross pollination of ideas and techniques is important to him. He works across media, processes and genres.
Andee is interested in exposing the creative process and is exploring methods to share this with the public. He co-runs Bolton Contemporary, a socially engaged CIC.
Read more about Andee Collard’s work
Meet Heather Alice
Heather Alice is a northern theatre maker whose work is rooted in dance and contemporary movement, but encompasses poetry, film, comedy and aerial performance. She has previously featured in TV, film, music videos and recently became a member of the National Youth Theatre. Her personal projects are of a feminist nature delving into women’s healthcare and neurodivergence which aim to empower women and build community. In 2023 she founded Weird Alice Entertainment to pursue immersive performance utilising creative tech.
Read more about Heather Alice‘s work
Meet Scarlett-Rose LOVETTE
Scarlett-Rose Lovette (they/she), is a self-affirming “professional amateur”, poet, theatre-maker, musician, (and aspiring short-film maker), who uses their lived experiences, outreach, and research to inform systematic change. Their work is a sublime swirl of spooky and ethereal – divergent, minimal (DIY) yet striking.
Read more about Scarlett-Rose Lovette‘s work
Meet Shawn J Stephen
Shawn J Stephen is a freelance visual artist with a background in visual anthropology. Specialising in photography, film and sound, Shawn has also developed an interest in creating immersive experiences using creative technology. He is keen to explore the potential that immersive experiences, facilitated by creative tech, can offer in meaningfully representing the lived experiences of the collaborators in his projects.
Read more about Shawn J Stephen‘s work