Year, or Type of Project: 2021

  • People with hearing often assume that audible language is all that inter-human conversation offers. However, for over 200 years, a community of 'visual humans' – deaf people, or those who experience the world in a predominantly visual way and who communicate in one of the world's natural, visual, sign languages - have sought to persuade the hearing world of the extraordinary potential of a language made of light, crafted by motion, and captured through vision. (read more)
  • They project’s overarching aim was to explore how we can use intelligent sensing to personalise a health and wellbeing soft robotic device such that this device responds to its user, adapt to their needs and preferences, and yields a satisfactory experience. (read more)
  • The field of soft robotics has the potential to provide superior alternative modes of communication to address some of these issues. Soft robots are constructed from materials similar to those found in living organisms and can also move and adapt to their surroundings like living things. (read more)
  •  The work seeks to develop demonstrators exploring bacteria-powered robots, bio-hybrid and bio-inspired sensing, and creative audio-visual communication modalities, in a new context: increasing the viability of hydroponics as a transformative food production solution for sustainable growing in the face of the climate crisis. (read more)
  • Taking the case of Haredi (ultra-orthodox) Judaism, this Ideas Exchange sought to determine what issues fall into the interpretive grey space and how this grey space has imperiled (or has the potential to imperil) vulnerable community members. (read more)
  • This project supported the GGT’s target communities in creating and delivering new economic plans post COVID-19 and enabled the rolling out of the process, outcomes and learning across community hotspots in urban and rural Gloucestershire. The team held a range of activities with key stakeholders working across the above initiatives, which aimed to strengthen community-led economic strategies and showcase their role to policymakers involved in local and national pandemic recovery efforts. The artwork produced in their research workshops, which captured residents’ relationships with Robinswood Hill, was displayed to elicit collective reflection on local assets, such as greenspaces and community hubs. (read more)
  • ‘Walking and Re-Creation’ was an interdisciplinary conversation which brought together the worlds of performance and public health, history and the contemporary moment, practice and theory. It took a long historical view of walking as a form of exercise, transport, healthy activity, and leisure to merge past and present, with the aim of discovering what walking then can tell us about walking and wellbeing now, in the age of coronavirus at the time. (read more)
  • The ships got a bit lost on the way, and they ended up off the coast of Sierra Leone. There, according to the evidence we have from journals, they traded peaceably with the Temne people and Portuguese intercessors, and performed Hamlet on board the Red Dragon, possibly before an African or Afro-Portuguese audience. (read more)
  • A core outcome of that project was the development of a Diary Toolkit and the generation of data on its efficacy for improving teacher wellbeing in the UK. Lucy Kelly worked closely with local teachers through focus groups and workshops and Grace Huxford explored the history of diaries and examined the archival holdings of the Theatre Collection and Bristol Special Collection. (read more)