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18 December 2012

UnBox Fellowship Winners Announced!

Congratulations to our UK fellowship winners who are now all in India, working on a range of innovative projects for UnBox 2013.

FOLLOW THEIR JOURNEYS ON THE BLOG - http://fellowships.unboxfestival.com/

@ Louise Clements / Blind Boys Exhibition 2012

The UnBox fellowship programme, led by the British Council inpartnership with AHRC and SIN, challenges creative practitioners and researchers from various creative industry backgrounds to collaborate on theme-based team projects and to develop innovative and interdisciplinary solutions in the spirit of the UnBox festival!

The five UK participants, chosen by the British Council, and four chosen by AHRC are now in India, undertaking a 3-4 week placement at one of five host organisations, joining team members selected by BC India and the host organisations. At the end of their placements, each team will then present their innovative ideas at the festival itself!

The UnBox Festival – 6-10 February 2013 - celebrates interdisciplinary processes and experiences that shape contemporary thought and action across a range of domains, through keynotes, discussions and workshops anchored by leading and emerging practitioners.

Throughout the festival, teams will be participating in a series of interactive workshops and presentations, highlighting the learning and outcomes of their fellowship experience for both festival goers and key representatives coming from India's interdisciplinary design and innovation sectors. Fellows will also be able to take advantage of access to key thought leaders from around the world, such as BC-invited guest Clare Brass of the Royal College of Art (RCA) and the Seed Foundation.

On the final day of UnBox 2013, fellows will have the opportunity to bid for research-focussed‘booster funding’ based on their project outcomes, so as to enable them to sustain, develop and expand upon the collaborations formed around the research 'challenges'.

It is expected that this R&D fund will allow for the exploration of opportunities for knowledge exchange, public engagement, dissemination and commercialisation activities which demonstrate creative engagement between arts and humanities research, and new audiences beyond academia. The fellowship partners expect that this will lead to sustained discussions and collaborations which actively disseminate the value and benefits of UnBox.

Be it a new creative business enterprise, or a co-production feature film, teams will need to demonstrate how their big ideas will deliver significant economic, social, cultural and/or policy impact.

Watch this space for the announcement of booster funding awards in March 2013!

Introducing....

UNBOX 2013 BC-HOSTED FELLOWS:

unVEIL:Alexander Jolliffe (Animator)

unPLAY:Andrew Clarke (Technical Advisor, Digital Art and Creative Computing)

unTILL:Joshua Oliver (Film Producer / Director)

unMAP:Ioanna Manoussaki-Adamopoulou (Filmmaker / Researcher)

unBUILD:Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad (Creative Director & Product / Spatial Designer)

UNBOX 2013 AHRC-HOSTED RESEARCH FELLOWS:

unPLAY: Dr Padmini Ray-Murray (Lecturer in International Publishing and Communication, University of Stirling)

unTILL: Dr Misha Myers (Senior Lecturer in Theatre, Falmouth University)

unMAP: Dr Churnjeet Mahn (Lecturer in English, University of Surrey)

unBUILD: Professor Andrew Burton (Artist and Professor of Fine Art, Newcastle University)

unVEIL: DrEmile Devereaux (Lecturer, Digital Art and Culture at Lancaster University)

Many thanks to all those who applied for this year’s fellowship programme. We had a great response and can’t wait to hear how our fellows get on.

**Blog UPDATE** - make sure to catch the latest updates and news from all of this year's fellows!