Who can apply?
The BIT team is looking for participants to engage in knowledge exchange with the BIT team through online workshops and to create innovative, biologically informed textile-based samples that will act as research demonstrators for the BIT project. Makers and designers with extensive experience in any textile discipline and access to their own making facilities can apply to the opportunity.
- Demonstrate extensive experience in textile design, craft/making or industrial background in any textile sector.
- Have high-level practical skills in any of the associated disciplines (textiles, fashion design, weaving, embroidery, knitting) or similar, and experience in producing textiles professionally whether for research, exhibitions, or industry.
- Have access to their own making facilities.
- Be experienced collaborators.
- Be comfortable with working remotely and attending online events.
- Be resident in the UK or EU.
We aim to remove barriers and be open to all by strongly encouraging applications from individuals currently underrepresented in the creative and cultural sectors. This includes, but is not limited to, people of African or Caribbean heritage; Arabic heritage; Latin American heritage; East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian heritage; people from traveller communities; disabled people; LGBTQIA+ people and people from a low-income background.
The selection panel includes Dr Veronika Kapsali, Principal Investigator of BIT, Cathryn Hall, Postdoctoral Research Fellow of BIT, and Alma Daskalaki, Innovation Manager at the Crafts Council.
After the initial application, the selection process is divided into two stages:
Stage one - Proposal preparation (September 2021)
A shortlist of the most suitable applicants (see ‘how to apply’ and ‘who can apply’ below) will be invited to create a project proposal in three phases:
All shortlisted applicants shall be invited to:
- Attend an online introductory workshop.
- Attend a one-to-one online session with the BIT team.
- Submit a 500-word project proposal to the BIT team within a week of their individual one–to-one session.
Stage two - Prototype development (October-November 2021)
Following the completion of Stage one, the BIT team will select a number of applicants to fund to carry out their proposed projects and create prototypes.
Successful applicants will:
- Receive a fixed fee of £1,500 (inc. VAT) to cover materials, time and any other costs related to the project.
- Have six weeks to develop the final artefacts in their project proposal submitted during Stage one.
- Be required to assign all intellectual property rights in any work which they create during the project to UAL. A licence will be granted back to applicants for certain purposes, details of which will be set out in UAL Terms and Conditions.
The final textile artefacts created by successful applicants will be used by UAL for education and research purposes and by submitting your application you agree that UAL shall own all physical outputs which you create during the project.
Stage one applicants whose proposals are not selected to progress to Stage two will be encouraged, if they wish, to continue taking part in the BIT project with the full support of the BIT team, on a voluntary, no fee, flexible basis. Individuals working on a voluntary basis will be asked to grant a licence of their digital work for UAL to use for educational, research and promotional purposes. They will be asked to sign a short letter agreement with UAL for their role in the BIT project.
We are aiming to notify all selected applicants by the end of July 2021.