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Applications for our final round of Challenge Projects open now!

We’re thrilled to announce our final round of Creative Informatics Challenge Projects, featuring six exciting organisations and collectives working across the creative industries in Edinburgh and beyond!

Applications for individuals and SMEs that have the skills to provide data-driven solutions to any of the challenges posed are open now and close on Wednesday 22nd June at 5pm.

Pollyanna, credit Louise Anna

Our Round 7 Challenge Holders are Pollyanna, Edinburgh Printmakers, Fair Pley, Arts Resource Management Scotland, Outer Spaces and the John Byrne Award.

Funding of up to £20,000 is available to successful Challenge Respondents who will retain all or part of the intellectual property for their work, enabling them to commercialise any products or services they produce.

The Challenges

Pollyanna produces LGBTQ+ art and performances across Scotland and has produced queer cabaret shows in Edinburgh since 2015, showcasing over 250 performers including drag artists, singers and dancers.

Pollyanna’a challenge is to develop a product that enables pre-recorded filmed cabaret videos to respond to audience interaction in a gallery setting. They would like a Challenge Respondent to develop a solution that enables audiences to interact with videos, triggering different performer reactions or pathways so that no two video-performances are the same.

Edinburgh Printmakers, credit Jim Stephenson

Edinburgh Printmakers, the first open access print studio in the UK, would like to find a way to connect with the community in which their new premises are situated, in Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge area.

Their challenge is to develop an interactive data artwork that will connect them with people living, working and visiting Fountainbridge and the surrounding neighbourhood.



Fair Pley is a Glasgow-based arts production company that produces, develops and promotes a range of events, including the “Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas” (CODI), an ongoing public engagement project delivered in collaboration with Edinburgh’s universities.

Amy Andrada, Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

Fair Pley’s challenge is to develop a new evaluation mechanism or tool for CODI to collect feedback from audiences at the end of a show in a fun and engaging way, creating opportunities for increased levels of post-show interaction between the audience and the individual CODI performers.

Arts Resource Management Scotland (ARMS) is a working group that includes representatives from across the creative industries, that is currently working to develop a store management system where resources, materials and equipment stored across Scotland can be accessed by anyone in the creative industries, without the need to physically visit and rummage through crammed stores or warehouses.

ARMS challenge is to develop a system that allows items to be scanned and viewed remotely in 3D, so that the suitability of an item can be assessed, and hires made, without the need for a time and carbon costly drive to various stores across the country.

Outer Spaces turns boarded up offices, shops and industrial spaces into colourful and vibrant temporary studio and project spaces for artists across Scotland.

Abigail Simmonds, credit Outer Spaces

Outer Spaces challenge is to develop a mechanism or tool to collect feedback from casual or accidental audiences on what they see or encounter at Outer Spaces sites.

They are looking for a Challenge Respondent to develop a solution that is easy for audiences to engage with and can be used to collect feedback from audiences on how artists’ repurposing of the sites affects their relationship with these places and spaces, from office blocks to disused shops right across Scotland.

The John Byrne Award (JBA) is an online exhibition, competition, and community, celebrating creativity and welcoming people who seek a deeper understanding of the values that drive our beliefs and actions.

Their challenge is to develop a tool that would enable users to create their own journey through the JBA’s large digital archive of multi-artform work, curating their own galleries which can be saved and shared with the wider online community, or used for educational purposes.

Visit our Challenge Project page to view full details of our Round 7 Challenge Projects!

If you have questions about any of these Challenge Projects, please contact the Creative Informatics team at creativeinformatics@ed.ac.uk.




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