Media academics secure funding award for Artists in Tech Cities

The Exchange has announced the second tranche of award recipients for The Exchange Collaborative Research Awards; included are two Loughborough Academics - Shin Joung Yeo and Toby Miller.

  • Project Name: Artists in Tech Cities
  • Company: SPACE Studios
  • Director: Anna Harding Academic
  • Partner: Shin Joung Yeo and Toby Miller, Loughborough University

Shin Joung Yeo is a lecturer for Media and Creative Industries and Toby Miller is a Professor for the institute. They have teamed up with SPACE Studios, a leading visual arts organization providing creative workspace, advocacy, support and promoting innovation. Space studios will curate the artist space at Here East.

The winning collaborations will receive funding of £5,000 to allow the academics and creatives to work together on their ideas. it is the first time Loughborough University has been awarded an Exchange HEI.

The collaborative research project put forward by SPACE and Shin Joung Yeo and Toby Miller, ‘Artists in Tech Cities’, seeks to develop a better understanding of the social forces and processes that occur in the creation of technological hubs in spaces formerly occupied by artists. It will look to understand the dynamics and identify the roles that artists should play in creating a more just city — a “tech hub” where arts are valued and artists are supported beyond the market.

Other winners include Jotta and Falmouth University, Maria Brewster and Liverpool John Moores University, Louise Ann Wilson Company Ltd and University of Exeter, Larking Arts and University of Surrey, Portraits of Recovery and Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, Caroline Horton and Birmingham City University, Shelley James Glass and University of Leeds, Antonia Beck and Birmingham City University, People Dancing and De Montfort University.

The National Academics and Creatives Exchange works towards establishing a national network through which artists, creatives and researchers can develop mutually beneficial relationships and break down barriers to collaboration.

Applications for Round 3, the final funding round of The Exchange project, will open for applications in 2017.

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It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

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