A Colourful District

CREA-Zone cluster event

The Research + Enterprise Department is involved in the CREA- Zone cluster project which brings together partners from Belgium, France and the Netherlands all of whom are delivering Interreg funded projects.

The current economic crisis has driven regions and cities to find new ways to inject the economy with creativity and innovation. Through collaboration with creative and cultural industries, traditional industries can find ways to enhance their resilience in the face of increased economic, social and environmental challenges.

The Interreg projects have researched and experimented with concepts aimed at increasing the visibility of the economic value of the creative and cultural industries and this is the focus of The Colourful District event, taking place on the 5th and 6th of November. A digital publication summarising the findings and projects will be available at the end of November.

Interreg projects will be presented at the event, held in the Budafabriek, in Kortrijk, Belgium, where synergies between different projects will be pulled into focus and success stories will be shared with a broad audience.

The event programme is packed:

Wednesday 5 November – Budascoop/Budafabriek Kortrijk

6 p.m.                WELCOME AT BUDASCOOP, Kapucijnenstraat 10, Kortrijk (Belgium)

6:30 p.m.         WORD OF WELCOME: Franky Devos, director arts centre BUDA / Budafabriek

6:35 p.m.         CREA-Zone – international cluster for the promotion of the creative industry: Ellen Bisschops, project manager SPK Turnhout


6:45 p.m.         DAAN ROOSEGAARDE

In a world shifting between the analogue and the digital, Studio Roosegaarde is the social design lab of artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers and engineers. The studio creates interactive designs that explore the dynamic relation between people, technology and space. The studio develops its own innovations and is internationally known for interactive projects such as Dune, Intimacy and Smart Highway.

Interview: Hilde Bouchez

7:30 p.m.         Short walk to the Budafabriek, Dam 2A, Kortrijk


The collaboration between designers, entrepreneurs, students, artists and active citizens leads to concrete results. At the imposing Budafabriek, good practice is presented by the University of the Creative Arts Canterbury, SPK Turnhout, Avans Hogeschool Breda, TIO3 Ronse, Pictanovo Tourcoing, Entrepreneurial Centers Mechelen and West Flanders, Flanders DC and Buda Kortrijk.



A green economy is an important issue for entrepreneurs, designers, scientists and artists alike. CREA-Zone selected international projects that transcend the sense of defeatism that tends to surround ecology and environmentalism:

The Green Light District presents work by Alberto Baraya (CO), Nick Ervinck (BE), Lucas Foglia (US), Brandon Ballengée (US), Annemie Maes (BE), David Bowen (US), Luc Deleu (BE), Maya Smrekar (SI), Peter De Cupere (BE), Bart Stolle (BE), Future Farmers (US), Nano Supermarket (NL), Honoré d’O (BE), Ralph Kim (UK), Mattia Casalegno (IT), Martin uit den Bogaard (NL), Koen Vanmechelen (BE), Eduardo Kac (US), Heath Bunting (UK).

In addition there is  scientific research by Howest, Kulak, Vives & Provinciale   Tuinbouwschool and entrepreneurial projects by Vasch Aquaponics, Deceuninck, Vanheede, Alpro, Drukta, Ocular, Devolder Architecten.

Curator: Christophe Dejaeger

Thursday 6 November – Budafabriek Kortrijk

9 a.m.              BREAKFAST MEETING – Croissants, coffee, creative entrepreneurs, politicians, policy advisors, students …all welcome!

10 a.m.           CREA-Zone – international cluster for the promotion of the creative industry: Ellen Bisschops, project manager SPK Turnhout


Prof Annick Schramme is professor and academic coordinator of the master’s program Cultural Management at the University of Antwerp. In addition, she leads the Competence Center Creative Industries of the Flanders District of Creativity at the Antwerp Management School.

11 a.m.                        3 INSPIRING EXAMPLES FOR A COLOURFUL DISTRICT

  • Made or Cartamundi / SPK Turnhout
  • Incunables / Pictanovo Tourcoing
  • Results of the temporary stay of the students from Thomas More Mechelen @ Buda



Johanna Van Antwerpen is the founder of the Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM). AIM is the innovation agency of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area which merged, with other organisations, into the Amsterdam Economic Board in 2013. AIM has been set up to help preserve and strengthen Amsterdam’s key position in the knowledge-based economy. The Amsterdam Economic Board promotes innovation, cooperation and new activities in relevant economic sectors such as; creative Industries, ICT, Life Sciences, Sustainability, Financial and Business services.


  • GaIl Baxter or Neil / University of Creative Arts Canterbury
  • The Smell Project / Avans Hogeschool Breda
  • Buda::Lab / Buda Kortrijk



Ellen Bisschops, project manager SPK Turnhout


For more information contact Susiane at ssampaio@ucreative.ac.uk


Crysalis’ achievements

A strong fabric built over three years’ intense collaboration

The three-year Crysalis project is almost complete, and we are celebrating its many successes and its legacy. Industrial partners and entrepreneurs, students, designers, researchers and artists have been working across borders and have set up a new, strong network all about textiles.

We’ve created lots of opportunities; for knowledge transfer, which allowed textile professionals, as well as enthusiastic amateurs, to be inspired with new ideas and the necessary courage to leave the beaten paths. For creativity as a priority, too: experimental and creative session resulted time and time again in beautiful, smart or innovative textile products, which will perhaps appear commercially in the near future.

There were several exhibitions where the public was given a glimpse of a new future for textiles. In the UK, France and Belgium, we exceeded our visitor number expectations, attracting 63,183 visitors, illustrated in our interaction per activities reach map image (below left)

Interaction per activity

Interaction per activity

Besides the added value of Crysalis activities for the individual participants, there were opportunities created to continue the new collaborations and projects. Meetings between enthusiastic and expert people produced synergies that will, we believe, have promising results.

The collaborative weave we have been working on together is strong, but it isn’t finished yet. We want to explore the possibility of continuing to strengthen local textile techniques, for instance, by teaching skills and stimulating knowledge-sharing between European partners. Find out more about the interactions fostered by Crysalis in these three years of work in our interaction per region reach map at the foot of this page.

Of course, textile innovation is necessary to move forward, so we want to continue offering creative people like artists and designers opportunities to develop new applications. One way we are thinking of doing this is through making working areas more accessible via our edge services. More information at www.ucaedge.com


More information: Susiane at ssampaio@ucreative.ac.uk






Crysalis activity by region

Crysalis activity by region

Facing Extinction

Facing Extinction

Gustav Metzger, artist and political activist known as the proponent of the Auto-Destructive Art and Art Strike movements, is exhibiting Facing Extinction, a reworking of his seminal work Mass Media at the Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury from 17 Oct to 15 Nov.

The work centres on thousands of newspapers, sourced by staff and students of UCA and partner institutions, stacked in a mass in the gallery space; visitors will be invited to interact with the work, responding to the theme of extinction by choosing articles and pinning them to the walls.

The exhibition is supported by the Interregional Culture-led Regeneration (ICR) programme and is curated by Andrea Gregson.

More information: Rafau at RSieraczek@ucreative.ac.uk


ICR was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVA France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF

interreg logo

In early September, two technicians from Comédie de Picardie visited UCA workshops at Rochester to collect a backdrop that UCA students had painted at the Royal Opera House High House Production Park in Thurrock for the Comédie de Picardie’s  new creative drama performance, based on collection of poems selected by French writer Jacques Beal from his 1992 Les Poètes de la Grande Guerre. The activity is part of the ACT programme. More information here or contact Amie at arai2@ucreative.ac.uk

Rebound: The Sculpture Question Colloquium, 29 – 31 Oct 2014

The Sculpture Question Research Group at UCA, Canterbury is organising Rebound: The Sculpture Question Colloquium, taking place from Wed 29 – Fri 31 October.  We will be joined by students, researchers, academics and French art school representatives who will come together to work on a collective statement: We Are For An Art School…

The Colloquium is an opportunity to explore the role of research and teaching in the context of current art school / art university institutional models. Through discussion we will arrive at observations, insights and further questions related to pertinent issues that we are confronted with as artists, cultural researchers, professors, students, administrators and publishers in our institutions. How do we foster an art school that puts critical engagement at the forefront and encourages the unique role that artists can play in advancing this discourse? The Colloquium includes participants from France, the UK, Canada and the USA. Their specific cultural and institutional similarities and differences will deepen our deliberations. As a concrete outcome we will summarise our discussions to make a collective statement.

This event will be hosted by artist Dr.Cathy Busby (Vancouver) with guests Roger Conover, Executive Editor of MIT Press (Cambridge, Mass), and Ella Tetrault (Berlin), recent MFA graduate, Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at the Bauhaus.

Updates from the colloquium, which is funded through the ICR project, will be available in our next newsletter.

For more information please contact Amie at arai2@ucreative.ac.uk


ICR was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVA France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF

Interreg Channel Logo colour strapline horiz

A question of sculpture…..

Emma Hart - “Giving It All That”, image courtesy of Thierry Bal.

The Sculpture Question Research Group presents ‘The Sculpture Question’ conference in partnership with Folkestone Triennial and University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury.

In a post-medium art world, the term ‘sculpture’ still has resonance and significance for artists who continue to align themselves with its histories and challenges. Yet over the last half century the practice of sculpture has increasingly positioned itself in the realms of installation, architecture, performance and design. In these inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary contexts, how might sculpture, as a discipline of fine art, continue to be taught and defined today?

This conference, supported by ICR, will take the Folkestone Triennial as its case study, while looking back at significant historical precedents, such as Sculpture Projects Münster, Chambres d’Amis and Culture in Action. In these contexts, this conference will seek to argue that sculpture is always political and space is never neutral.

Keynote speakers: Nicolas Bourriaud, Director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and curator of Taipei Biennial 2014; Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain; Mary Jane Jacob, Executive Director of Exhibitions and Exhibitions Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Independent Curator.

Speakers: Amina Menia; Jordan Baseman; Claire Doherty; Anouchka Grose; Emma Hart; Anthony Heywood; Anna Moszynska; Terry Perk; Dominic Rahtz; Shelley Sacks; Iain Sinclair; Sarah Staton; Gilda Williams; Jon Wood.

One day: £15 / £10 concessions
Both days: £20 / £15 concessions
Ticket prices include tea and coffee, and a glass of wine at the drinks reception.

To book your ticket, please visit: http://www.folkestonetriennial.org.uk/the-sculpture-question/


ICR was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVA France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF

Interreg Channel Logo colour strapline horiz

The 2014 Sculpture Question Symposium is taking place on 1 & 2 Nov 2014 at The Quarter House, Folkestone as part of the series of public events taking place for the Folkestone Triennial ‘Look Out’.  The symposium is being organised in collaboration with The Sculpture Question Research Group and Folkestone Triennial. We are finalising our list of extraordinary speakers.

The Sculpture Question is a research project formed in 2011 at the University for the Creative Arts. The project brings together artists, curators and academics to investigate the challenges that contemporary sculpture presents to art education, asking what it means to think about and teach sculpture in Higher Education today.

The Symposium is funded by ICR.

For more information, email Amie at arai2@ucreative.ac.uk


ICR was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVA France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF

Interreg Channel Logo colour strapline horiz