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Tune in to the new Creative Bridge podcast!

Our Creative Bridge team at CodeBase have a brand new podcast, featuring a handful of the super talented individuals that have taken part in the programme so far!

Creative Bridge is a free course for creatives in Edinburgh and South East Scotland that aims to demystify the tech world and its jargon, sharing the building blocks of digital product development over 10 weeks. Applications for Creative Bridge open three times a year, with up to 25 participants selected for each cohort. Ahead of the start of cohort six of Creative Bridge, the CodeBase team have put together a podcast featuring some of the programmes alumni, many of whom have continued their engagement with Creative Informatics through our other funding strands.

Episode 1 – Jennifer Crichton – The Flock

Jennifer Crichton, The Flock

In episode 1, Creative Bridge programme lead Yasmin Sulaiman speaks to Jennifer Crichton. Jennifer is a journalist, editor and the founder of The Flock, an advertising-free digital magazine for women, founded in June 2020, which covers a broad range of topics including creative arts, charity, politics and sustainability. The Flock recently won the Start Up Award (sponsored by Creative Informatics) at the Creative Edinburgh Awards 2020. Hear what Jennifer had to say about the ups and downs of her journalism career in the UK and the UAE, and her experience of setting up a new magazine during last year’s lockdown.

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Episode 2 – Hugo Barclay – ArtThou

Hugo Barclay, ArtThou

Episode 2 features Hugo Barclay, founder of ArtThou, a platform where collectors and corporates can access work by some of the most sought-after contemporary artists. Hugo participated in cohort five of Creative Bridge and has since secured funding as a Creative Informatics Resident Entrepreneur. He spoke to Oliver Littlejohn, head of bridge programmes at CodeBase, about his ambitions for ArtThou, the role of tech in art, the proliferation of nocode tools that can help artists, and helping start ups understand where art fits in their organisation. You can find out more about ArtThou over on their CI community profile.

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Craig Fleming, Centrline

Episode 3 – Craig Fleming – Centrline

In episode 3, Yasmin spoke to Craig Fleming, co-founder of Centrline, an innovative new collaboration platform for Scotland’s theatre sector. Centrline aims to help organisations, artists and the predominantly freelance arts workforce share resources and work together more effectively. Craig has drawn on two decades of experience managing national and international touring productions to develop Centrline, which he hopes will provide a solution to some of the logistical and data-sharing problems within the theatre industry. Since participating in Creative Bridge, Centrline have secured funding as Resident Entrepreneurs, and were selected to respond to a Creative Informatics Challenge Project set by the National Theatre of Scotland. Find out more on their CI community profile.

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Episode 4 – Rebecca Kaye – Ploterre

Rebecca Kaye, Plottere

In episode 4 Oliver speaks to Rebecca Kaye, founder of Ploterre. Rebecca shares her plans for the future of Ploterre, discussing the importance of community, and the trials and tribulations of securing funding! Rebecca’s work draws on her background in design and mathematics, creating visual art using environmental data. The data-driven techniques Rebecca uses in her practice were developed through her Resident Entrepreneur project, during which she researched and devised a system for applying data to graphics. Find out more over on Ploterre’s CI community profile.

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Applications for the next cohort of Creative Bridge will open on Monday 3rd May 2021. The programme is primarily designed for creatives with early stage ideas, or no ideas, and includes core sessions on Markets, Understanding Customers and Pitching. The course also hosts creative entrepreneurs from around the world, who share stories about how they made something amazing happen, and how they’ve failed.

If you would like more information about Creative Bridge or would like to discuss your application, please contact us at creativeinformatics@ed.ac.uk.

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