30 creative teams announced for Festival UK*2022 research and development for the programme

30 creative teams have been selected to take part in the Festival UK* 2022 R&D Project, each receiving up to £100,000 of investment to enable them to develop their ideas for the festival. The teams will bring together more than 500 organisations and individuals from across the UK, include freelancers and emerging talent. Collaborating across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, they bring an extraordinary breadth of knowledge and creativity across Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM), with many working together for the first time.

Details of the creative teams are published today on the Festival UK* 2022 website and has been listed below. They include organisations from the public and private sector, artists, scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, choreographers, coders, games developers, musicians, theatre-makers, writers, and many other disciplines. The UK-wide geographic spread also reflects its diversity, including disability organisations, and Black, Asian, and minority ethnic creatives.

UK TEAMS

  • Adventure Pictures - Jessica Palmarozza, Sally Potter, Christopher Sheppard; BBC Concert Orchestra - Andrew Connolly; Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing - Prof. Adrian Hilton; Digirati - John Baker; Sonia Friedman Productions - Imogen Brodie; Science & Culture - Gail Cardew; The Open University - Nick Barratt; WonderChaos Group - Prof. Konstantin Novoselov, Kate Daudy
  • Yewande AkinolaJon BausorBird & GortonFESTIVAL.ORG - Bradley Hemmings; Global Disability Innovation Hub - Victoria Austin; Jeanefer-Jean Charles; Lettie PreciousSarah-Anne MunozApril PrinceJenny SealeyIain StewartJack Thorne
  • Alexander Whitley Dance Company - Alexander Whitley, Donna Meierdiercks; Dance Base Scotland - Jim Hollington, Morag Deyes MBE; Jason Bruges Studio - Jason Bruges, Tetsuro Nagata; Little Dipper - Christine Losecaat MBE; Network Rail - Anthony Dewar; Royal Astronomical Society - Sue Bowler; The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) - Simon Timmis, Toni Allen
  • Apples and Snakes - Zena Edwards; Brigstow Institute - Peter Coates, Prof. Jane Memmott; Owen Griffiths; IBM - Ann-Sophie Blank, Bulent Kucuk; Trees For Life - Doug Gilbert; Trigger Stuff - Angie Bual, Jude Ho, Carl Robertshaw; THISS - Sash Scott; James Wong
  • Arcade - Jon Meggitt, Alex Book; Rashmi BeckerKinjal DaveImperial War Museums - Eleanor Head, Michael Hoeschen; London Marathon Events - Hugh Brasher, Penny Dain; National Physical Laboratory - Sundeep Bhandari; NTS Live - Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura; Welsh National Opera - Emma Flatley, Tianyi Lu
  • Assemble - Seyi Adelekun, Anthony Engi Meacock, Jane Hall; Centre for the Study of Perceptual Experience - Prof. Fiona Macpherson; Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science - Dr. David Schwartzman, Prof. Anil Seth; Jennifer CrookMichelle FeuerlichtJon HopkinsDev JoshiChristopher Shutt
  • Aston University - Kate Sugden; Bangor University - Paul Cross; BetaJester - Adam Boyne, Harmeet Chagger-Khan; BOM (Birmingham Open Media) - Karen Newman, Michael Candy, Gloria Adereti; Canal & River Trust - Mark Riviere; CodeYourFuture - Germán Bencci; Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust - Johnny Shah; The Space - Fiona Morris
  • Back To Ours, Goodwin Development Trust - Louise Yates; Kwanzaa Collective UK - Gabriella Gay, Alisha Friday; Jane McCannNew Vic Theatre - Vicki Amedume, Theresa Heskins, Adam Stanton, Gemma Thomas; School of Computing - Tom Flint; Faz ShahSuper Slow Way - Laurie Peake
  • Ivan BlackDose of Society - Ahmed Faid, Nil Lartey; Amélie KirchgaessnerVinita Marwaha MadillNEWSUBSTANCE - Patrick O’Mahony, Ollie Howitt; REDHOUSE - Emma-Jane Taylor, Benjamin Webster; Natasha Sayce-ZelemNeville Wakefield
  • Blast Theory - Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr, Nick Tandavanitj; B3 Media - Marc Boothe; Everything Will Be Fine - Kerr Vernon; University of Nottingham - Steve Benford; Hwa Young JungZone Creations - Kevin Self
  • Boy Blue - Kenrick H2O Sandy, Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante; Es DevlinEpic Games - Ben Lumsden; Manchester International Festival - Mark Ball, Sabrina Mahfouz; Manchester Metropolitan University, School of Digital Arts - Marsha Courneya; Science and Industry Museum and Science Museum Group - Sally MacDonald; Sonic Arts Centre - Dr. Miguel Ortiz; University of the Arts London, Creative Computing Institute - Professor Mick Grierson
  • Born in Bradford - Aamnah Rahman, Zulfiqar Ahmed; British Library - Jamie Andrews; Leeds 2023 - Kully Thiarai, Shanaz Gulzar, Akeelah Bertram; Neon - Deepa Mann-Kler; Pilot Theatre - Esther Richardson; University of Leeds - Steven Manthorp, Chris Brown; York Mediale - Tom Higham
  • Brands with Influence - Martin Lowde; Edinburgh Napier University - Dr. Jane Ali-Knight; Emergency Exit Arts - Daniel Bernstein, Amaya Dent; Institute for Global Food Security - Tomas Bamford, Prof. Moira Dean; Jamie Oliver Group - Greg Burke, Zoe Collins; Andrew Smyth
  • British Film Institute - Ben Luxford; Angela ChanISODESIGN - Damien Smith; Nexus Studios - Liam Walsh, Kim-Leigh Pontin; Punchdrunk (charity) - Peter Higgin, Kadisha Williams; StoryFutures Academy, Royal Holloway, University of London and the National Film and Television School - Prof. James Bennett, Amanda Murphy; The Reading Agency - Hayley Butler; Uplands TV - David Olusoga, Mike Smith
  • Lae DanielleCarbon WilsonNathaniel FernadesRuth JonesMind The Gap - Paul Wilshaw, Pete Moser; National Parks UK - Alastair Barber; Siemens plc - Nathaniel Fernades, Annabel Ohene, Robin Phillips; Walk The Plank - John Wassell, Richard Babington
  • Creative Dundee - Gillian Easson; Janet’s List - Janet Oganah; Kate MarshMetal - Colette Bailey; The WOW Foundation - Domino Pateman, Jude Kelly, Laura Schofield; Stemette Futures - Debbie Jelenke, Yasmin Lodhi; Triple Cripples - Jumoke Abdullahi, Kym Oliver; Urbankind - Rewati Prabhu
  • DC Thompson - Sophie Robinson; Eden Project - Peter Stewart, Blair Parkin, Niccy Hallifax; Nosa EkeIsaiah Hull; Institute of Global Health Innovation - Emma Lawrance; Marshmallow Laser Feast - Alex Evans, Robin McNicholas, Nell Whitley; Dr. Amit PatelStudio Swine - Alexander Groves
  • Doughnut Economics Action Lab - Kate Raworth; Dr. Tamsin EdwardsNabihah IqbalAida Manzano KharmanRoyal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh - Emma Nicholson, Dr. Caroline Lehmann; Superflux - Jon Ardern, Anab Jain; Serpentine Galleries - Lucia Pietroiusti; Kibwe Tawares
  • European Space Agency (ESA) - Gonzalo Martin de Mercado; Holition - Jonathan Chippindale; Tate - Hali Brown-Onigbanjo, Péjú Ọshin, Hattie Spires; Tate Collective Producers - Afeni Payne-Bonnick, Iman Datoo, Molly Taube
  • Gyorgyi GalikJames HowieHyphen-Labs - Meral Ece Tankal, Anguilar y Wedge; Invisible Dust - Adam Cooper, Edward McGovern, Alice Sharp; Scottish Association for Marine Science - Anuschka Miller; Studio Molga - Kasia Molga; Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research - Raeanne Miller, Asher Minns, Craig Wallace
  • John Muir Trust - Bedwyr Ap Gwyn; North of England Zoological Society - Ceri Cambridge; Keisha ThompsonUniversity of Cumbria - Prof. Ian Convery, Dr. Andrew Weatherall; Pam WarhurstWild Labs - Stephen King; Wild Rumpus - Sarah Bird, Rowan Cannon, Prof. Ian Convery
  • Nokia Bell Labs - Domhnaill Hernon, Danielle McPhatter, Daniele Quercia; Stemettes - Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon, Angel Pooler, Andrew Westoby; The Poetry Society - Raymond Antrobus, Imtiaz Dharker, Judith Palmer; 59 Productions - Lysander Ashton, Rebecca Collis, Tom Wexler

ENGLAND CREATIVE TEAMS

  • Borderlands - Shahda Khan; British Antarctic Survey - Dr. Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley; Mikhail KarikisMiddlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Teesside University - Laura Sillars, Venkatesan Venkata Khrisnan, Simon McKeown; National Horizons Centre - Jen Vanderhoven; Prof. Sarah Perks; Tees Valley Nature Partnership - Rachel Murtagh; TWI - Ángela Angulo
  • Darkfield - Andrea Salazar; Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios - Nelly Ben Hayoun; Pedro’s Youth Club - Natasha Patterson; University of Manchester - Michael Garrett; Vinyl Factory Manufacturing - Adam Teskey; WeTransfer - Isabel Warby

NORTHERN IRELAND CREATIVE TEAMS

  • Astrophysics Research Centre - Stephen Smartt; Big Motive - Rebecca Walsh; Microsoft - Kieran McCorry; National Museums Northern Ireland - Aaron Ward, Clare Ablett, Die Hexen; Oliver Jeffers, Rory JeffersSpirit Aerosystems - Elaine McCaffrey; Taunt - Fiona McLaughlin; The Nerve Centre - David Lewis, John Peto, Rachel McDermott
  • Belfast International Arts Festival - Oona Doherty, Eileen McClory, Richard Wakely; Amanda CooganKwame DanielsDigital Catapult N I - Nigel McAlpine; Conor MitchellNorthern Ireland Science Festival - Chris McCreery; W5 - Judith Harvey, Adrian Lutton; Hannah Peel

SCOTLAND CREATIVE TEAMS

  • Aproxima Arts - Cosmo Blake (Sustrans), Angus Farquhar, Caroline Thompson; BEMIS Scotland - Tanveer Parnez; Neil Butler (Wraptheworld)Celtic Connections - Donald Shaw; Fèis Rois - Fiona Dalgetty, Pàdruig Morrison; getmade design - James Johnson; James Hutton Institute - Nicola Strachan; Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) - Fiona Burnett
  • Edinburgh International Festival - Fergus Linehan, Brian D’Souza; Edinburgh Science - Simon Gage; Etienne KubwaboNational Theatre of Scotland - Nic Green, Wezi Mhura, Jackie Wylie; Sky Arts - Vanessa Woodard; University of Strathclyde - Malcolm Macdonald; V&A Dundee - Claire Eva, Sonia Napolitano; 4J Studios - Chris van der Kuyl

WALES CREATIVE TEAMS

  • Cardiff University - Matthew Allen, Deborah Syrop; Paul EvansCadw - Ffion Reynolds; Pyka - Miles Warren; Repair Café Wales - Phoebe Brown; Science Made Simple - Gaz Smith; Tin Shed Theatre - Georgina Harris; Urban Circle - Ali Boksh
  • Centre for Alternative Technology - Rebecca Upton; Clwstwr -Shirish Kulkarni; Robin MooreDisability Arts Cymru - Kaite O’Reilly; Ffilm Cymru Wales - Pauline Burt; National Theatre Wales - Lorne Campbell, Claire Doherty, Marc Rees; Owen SheersSugar Creative - Will Humphrey; Youth Arts Network Cymru - Liara Barussi, Gethin Evans

The 30 Creative Teams selected for the Festival UK* 2022 R&D Project were chosen following an open call. A rigorous selection process considered 299 submissions, involving almost 3,000 organisations, freelancers and other creatives representing the five STEAM sectors.

Over the next few months each team is being supported to develop its big idea, through a specially designed programme that includes presentations, workshops with the BBC Research & Development team, breakout spaces and opportunities to hear from high profile speakers representing STEAM.

As well as working within their teams, attendees are being encouraged to work across teams, to maximise the potential of the combined, cross-sector talent and to stimulate new creative networks.

The 30 teams will pitch their proposals before a panel in February 2021, with ten set to be taken forward as part of the UK-wide Festival, which will take place throughout 2022. The Festival programme is expected to be announced in late 2021. The development of the Festival is being documented to create a public resource for future generations, with the R&D Project being shared under a Creative Commons.

Independently run and led by Chief Creative Officer Martin Green, Festival UK* 2022 is backed by the four governments of the UK. £120 million of new investment is coming from the UK Government, including funding to the Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales devolved administrations. The 30 Creative Teams selected for the R&D are made up of 22 UK-wide collaborations, and two each from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: "These 30 teams show our world-class British creativity at its very best - risk-taking, groundbreaking and diverse. They've gone through fierce competition to get here and highlight exactly what's possible when organisations from every part of the UK work together. I cannot wait to see their daring ideas come to life."

"With Festival UK* 2022, the Platinum Jubilee and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, 2022 is shaping up to be a truly extraordinary year of celebration for the whole United Kingdom."

Chief Creative Officer for Festival UK* 2022 Martin Green said: "Festival UK* 2022 is a massive experiment in creativity with the core values of being open, original and optimistic, and encouraging teams to think big. It’s wonderful that so many brilliant people, offering extraordinary creativity across STEAM, want to collaborate beyond their usual disciplines and with people they might not have worked with before. It hasn’t been an easy selection process, so we’re really pleased to hear that some new creative relationships will continue amongst those who were not chosen, as well as being excited to see what the 30 Creative Teams come up with over the next couple of months."

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