Development Bursary

Round 1 closed on the 21st April 2019 and the successful applicants are currently finishing their project research.

Round 2 is now open - so watch this space for announcements!

Ideas to be submitted to

Round 2 of applications now open!

We are pleased to announce Round 2, Triple iii Bursary Development is now open to Invisible Arts Network members. The bursary supports collaboration between Invisible Arts Network members (individual and/or organisation) living and/or working in The Marches region. All projects submitted need to be a collaboration between two or more fellow members (three grants of £2,000 are available in Round 2) and focus on the evolving use of new media in research and development. Learn more about our individual members here and find details abour our organisation members here. Please note, previous bursary recipients cannot apply for Round 2.

In order to qualify for submission for Round 2, members need to attend the Triple iii Speed Networking Event - see event details here

Please register your attendance for the Round 2, Speed Networking Event by Monday 16th September with Julie here:

Round 2, Triple iii Development Bursary

The deadline for submissions for Round 2, Triple iii Development Bursary is noon, 21st October 2019. Bursaries are only open to current Invisible Arts Network members. If you would like to nominate someone to become an individual member (creative and/or technologist) or a representative from an organisation, please ask them to complete the new members form asap.

What’s the Bursary for?

Triple iii (IAN’s Interactive Ideas)

Three grants of £2,000 will be released for the development of new work that includes the use of creative technology.

The proposed development must be a collaboration between at least two members of the Invisible Arts Network.

To encourage collaboration and innovation within the network, ideas cannot have received any funding before this stage and cannot be an extension of any currently funded programme.

How do we define Creative Technology?

The use of any digital technology that enhances creative practice and audience experience. Examples include: Virtual and Augmented Reality, Binaural Technology, Motion Capture, Data Visualisation, Projection Mapping, Animation, and Video. This is not an exclusive list and we encourage the discovery and use of other forms of digital technology.

What’s the application process?

A one-page idea, no more than 500 words should be submitted to

Please state at the top of the document the network members involved and the title of the project.

Apart from letting us know who you are, the document can take any form/shape that applicants wish.

How can you spend it?

Costs can be calculated purely as development time for individuals or organisations. Though we hope that the development bursaries will lead to an application or opportunities for funding elsewhere, it is not a pre-requisite for the awarded bursaries to be released.

Individuals representing organisations and paid through PAYE should calculate their time based on actual cost to the organisation. For individuals not on PAYE, please use the day rate guidance produced by The Artist Information Company.

What is the marking criteria?

Applicants will be assessed in four key areas:

- Innovative use of creative technology: Why is the technology integral to the creation of the proposed work? Has the technology chosen for your project been explored in this way before?

- Potential to reach new live and digital audiences: How and where will the work be seen? Is there an indication of numbers and reach for live and/or digital audiences? What makes this work relevant and impactful to audiences today?

- Viability of delivery: How realistic is the delivery of the project in terms of costs, time and future funding opportunities? Are other partners/experts required to develop the idea? If so, how realistically can these partners/experts be secured and at what cost?

- Artistic Quality: Are the project’s artistic aims clearly expressed? How strong is the idea? How strongly does the project develop the work/skills/creative practice of the artists/organisations/technologists involved?

What happens if you’re successful?

Once the bursary has been awarded, Rural Media will request the completion of a 3 and 6 month report to measure progress and development of the idea. The report should show a breakdown of the £2,000 costs and how further opportunities are being explored or realised.

Please note, successful applicants will be required to present work and findings to the network via presentations and blogs throughout the process.