Creative Exchange Melting Pot- Jan 2013

Participants of the Creative Exchange Melting Pot listen to the event introduction delivered by the ESI’s Dr Caitlin DeSilvey.

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Melting Pot event stirs cross-sector inspiration

The University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) hosted the inaugural meeting of the Creative Exchange Programme’s Melting Pot on 30 January 2013. The event brought together local artists and creative practitioners with academics and professionals from the University of Exeter and Falmouth University.

As suggested by its name, people from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives participated in the event. Creative practitioners from the visual arts, photography, film-making, creative writing and performance sectors presented their work alongside academics and researchers from clean technologies, environmental humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences disciplines.

The Creative Exchange Programme is a joint initiative between the ESI and Falmouth University’s Research in Art, Nature and the Environment (RANE) research group. It aims to facilitate collaboration between creative practitioners and ESI researchers who share an interest in issues of environment and sustainability, and to stimulate opportunities for public engagement and collaborative learning.

Through the Programme the ESI aims to both help develop the region’s creative industries, inspiring research and developing new ways to view and understand human relationships with the environment.

During the event, 30 artists and academics delivered short presentations outlining their respective creative inspirations and research. The facilitated networking which followed enabled those with mutual interests to explore these and identify areas for collaboration. Following on from the event, creative practitioners are encouraged to develop proposals for joint projects. Creative practitioners who submit successful proposals to the programme become affiliates of both universities, and have access to resources and facilities.

Speaking following the Melting Pot, Hannah Guy, a photographer said ‘It was a great way to meet everyone and get an understanding of the ESI’s space and research.’

Tony Plant, an artist and sculptor added ‘I really did enjoy it, it’s got a few ideas winging around my head, and I’m going to follow a few leads for definite’.

Creative practitioners interested in participating in forthcoming Melting Pot events are encouraged to contact Alex Huke, ESI Knowledge Exchange Manager. Applications are currently being accepted for the next round of Creative Exchange proposals. The deadline for applications through this latest phase is 31 March 2013.

The ESI is working with businesses and enterprises across all sectors of the economy in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and beyond to translate research and expertise into innovative business practices, products and services in order to respond to the challenges of environmental change. It has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme (£22.9M) and the South West Regional Development Agency (£6.6M), with significant support from the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

To find out more about the Creative Exchange Programme, please download the call for proposals below.

ESI-RANE Creative Exchange Programme- Second Call 2013

Date: 21 February 2013

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