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’ finale

Crysalis Closing Event

Textile Open Innovation Centre, (TIO3), Ronse, Saturday 26th September 2014

Drawing the three-year Crysalis Project to a close, lead partner – the Textile Open Innovation Centre (TIO3) in Ronse – hosted a day-long event of presentations opened by the Mayor of Calais and Ronse.  Alongside keynote speeches and presentations from four key participants, the programme included a dance piece with performers modelling garments – exhibited at Digital Encounters, UCA Canterbury – designed by UCA graduates and an exhibition with examples from each of the project activities.

The UCA Crysalis project team attended, with joint presentations from the Knowledge Transfer strand of the project by Neil Bottle, Subject Leader, Fashion Textiles (Print) from the School of Fashion at UCA Rochester with Suzanne Nicolson, a graduate from Fashion Textiles (Print) at UCA Rochester and former student of Neil’s, talking about their expertise with digital printing.   Gail Baxter a PhD Candidate at UCA Farnham, co-presented with Calais designer Frederic Rumigny on their collaboration which led to the creation of a unique contemporary lace pattern, based on the Leavers loom, Jacquard punch boards and the sound of the loom. Their design was made with the technical help of the tuillists and machinists at the International Centre for Lace and Fashion in Calais.

The afternoon was completed with a tour of the new museum at Ronse where a selection of pieces from the Crysalis project now remain in their permanent collection.

The Crysalis Project contained 11 strands: a Digital Library, Business Inventory, Skills Workshops, Knowledge Transfer Programme, Four Exhibitions, Metamorphosis – a collaborative International art project, Skills Tour, Inspiration Catalogue, Professionals Programme, Expert Workshop and Education Programme.

More information: Denise at dharmer@ucreative.ac.uk and http://www.crysalis-network.eu

Creative Challenge kicks off!

Creative Challenge in action

It’s all kicked off at the Creative Challenge, a free and inspiring programme where students have the opportunity to meet industry experts, showcase their ideas and, for some students, there is an opportunity for an all-expenses-paid residential trip to France to further explore their ideas.

After receiving advice from Enterprise staff and Creative Challenge mentors, over 600 students signed up for the Challenge programme 2014/15. 150 UCA students have taken part in four workshops at Epsom, Canterbury, Farnham and Rochester to work on their ideas that combine their view about society and the environment with their creative and entrepreneurial skills. 45 best concepts have now been selected to attend the Residential Workshop in Le Havre in November.

Jennifer Xu, studying on the International Foundation Diploma of Art and Design, attended the Farnham workshop. Jennifer says,

I signed up for the Creative Challenge as I thought it would be good to experiment with new things, as I have not attend a workshop like this before. And it indeed was a good experience for me. The workshop gave me inspiration as the tutors talked about the possibility of combining two random things and how to research m ideas. For me, the most valuable advice I received is that to actually think about the resources around and how I could develop my idea using these resources; I’ve never really considered how the resources I have can be used. And it gave me lots of inspiration to work on my sketchbook for my IFAD course.

UCA will now run workshops for the ESADHaR students at their campuses in Le Havre and Rouen, and selected individuals will be invited to join the programme and work on their projects alongside UCA students.

To see films and images from our events and workshop, please follow the Creative Challenge Facebook page:


More information: Marta at marta.patlewicz@gmail.com or check out http://creativechallenge.info

A new CREA-Zone publication: breaking regional boundaries in the pursuit of innovation

Watch out for a digital publication that shows off the activities of the CREA-Zone partners, an  externally-funded cluster  from across the UK, Belgium, France and Netherlands. The cluster aims to bring partners together to promote knowledge exchange and collaborative opportunities.

The publication will be launched at the CREA-Zone event on 5th and 6th November 2014 in the Budafabriek, in Kortrijk, Belgium.

CREA-Zone capitalizes on three previous Interreg projects – VIVID, Crysalis and Villa Cross Media – which were implemented by partners and have contributed to the development of opportunities for entrepreneurs and therefore fostered the development of local areas.

The CREA-Zone publication promotes best practices by showcasing a series of case studies which demonstrate how collaborative and open approaches can be a powerful way of bringing together creative and traditional industries, local governments and members of the public, to co-create innovative concepts, products and services.

The publication encompasses themes such as ‘changing needs required new concepts’, ‘supporting the creative sector’, ‘organising and connecting people and spaces’ and ‘ the power of co-creation’. UCA contributes several examples to the publication, such as:

  • Crysalis Knowledge Transfer Activity – Gail Baxter – Years of tradition embrace new concepts

Gail Baxter is a research student at UCA and a contemporary lace practitioner. She was been working with the Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode (CIDM) and Prud’homme, which is the lace manufacturers’ legal copyright registry, as part of a team tasked with creating a new lace design for one of their historic lace looms. The outcome, a new lace, is modern and innovative in design and style, affording a distinct departure from the tradition floral motifs so often used in lace design. More information here.

  • Crysalis Digital Encounters – Neil Bottle – Travelogue Collage
 two-seater sofa and wall hanging installation

Neil Bottle is a designer with over 25 years’ experience in the fashion textiles industry. His work is held in collections around the world. In the Travelogue Sofa project, Neil has explored the relationships between traditional and contemporary textile print methodologies. Digital print is often associated with mass production; however in this project the limitations of digital design software are pushed to new boundaries with multiple layer applications creating engineered pattern shapes for one piece of furniture. The result is a unique object, which has been designed around the 3D furniture form, encompassing both traditional crafted upholstery technique whilst developing a new level of expertise in the digital textiles design process. More information here.

  • Edge creative expertise and technical services

Universities support graduates in an early stage of their careers by connecting them to the intellectual and physical resources they need for developing their professional practice. Edge provide graduates, freelancers, organisations and businesses access to advanced technology, creative method and a wealth of industry experience. There is a broad variety of specialist equipment to choose from, including; digital textile printing and Gerber pattern cutting for fashion; 3D scanning and 3D printing for innovating and testing concepts in many sectors; laser cutting which helps product developers to be even more creative and, at the same time, more precise and cost effective; thermal efficiency equipment which makes it easier for architects to determine how energy efficient a building is; bronze foundry and glass hot shop support artists to explore new designs concepts. More information at www.ucaedge.com

  • Edge Talents

UCA’s online open innovation platform enables students and industry to co-develop innovation assets via an innovation workflow model. It facilitates engagement and creates collaboration opportunities via the showcasing of students’ skills, creative concepts and early stage designs. At the heart of this programme is a way of working that enriches the student journey and adds value to business. It also allows a greater understanding of factors that enable an increased adoption of university IP by industry and fosters student awareness of commercial needs and this creates innovation outcomes for academics and students alike. More information at www.ucaedge-talents.com

Further information: Susiane Sampaio at ssampaio@ucreative.ac.uk

Students – show us your talent!

Have you got what it takes to get your ideas off the ground? Want everyone to see what you can do? We’ve launched Edge Talents, an online portal that will showcase your ideas to the world of business. From there, you might have the opportunity to be mentored, attend our innovation workshops and to work with a company to make your idea a reality,

To get on to Edge Talents you need to have thought through your idea commercially and present it (and yourself) professionally, and we are here to help you do that.

To be part of Edge Talents, you just need to register for a student login at the Edge Talents web portal at www.ucaedge-talents.com