What is Collusion?

Collusion is a not for profit company working at the intersection of arts, technology and human interaction.

They create ambitious, disruptive, immersive works that consider the impact of emerging technology on society, inviting public engagement & interaction. Their mission is to build an international profile for the Cambridge area as an R&D centre for interdisciplinary arts & technology collaboration that engages artists/creatives, academics and technologists to generate work that could only have been produced here.

Collusion aim to

  • Respond to the unique opportunity to build on the Cambridge area’s indigenous strength as a world leading technology innovation hub
  • Deliver critically engaged artistic work that is a product of the unique resources within the city and wider area
  • Deliver exceptional experiences for audiences as both participants and viewers
  • Achieve disruptive outcomes that challenge the status quo and supporting innovation across disciplines
  • Contribute to a heightened profile for Cambridge as a contemporary, international city and ultimately, build a reputation for the city as a leading R&D centre for arts and technology

Collusion was established in 2014 by creators and directors Rachel Drury and Simon Poulter, leading arts professionals with national reputations and substantial combined experience in excess of 40 years.

They are a team of four, having been joined by Projects Managers Clare Green (Communications) and Rich Hall (Technology) who come with extensive experience of the public, private and academic sectors.

  • Rachel Drury is a creative producer, fundraiser and strategist. For 15 years, Rachel worked at a senior level for Arts Council England contributing to strategic developments such as the shared prospectus with EEDA and national programmes including The Space. Since leaving in 2013, she’s raised in excess of £2.5m for a range of arts projects, including developing and delivering Sonic Pi:Live & Coding with Cambridge Junction, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and University of Cambridge, funded by the Digital R & D Fund.
  • Simon Poulter is an artist and curator who has developed projects and programmes for a number of key arts organisations nationally. These include FACT, Watershed, AND Festival, MAC and The Atkinson. Simon was Associate Curator at Metal where he devised various projects including Macoto Murayama – New Works for Liverpool Biennial and NetPark, a Digital R & D funded project at Metal Southend. Simon has exhibited work at the Whitechapel Art Gallery and MIMA in Middlesborough.

Collusion Meetups

Collusion hold a series of regular meetups around the area, having kicked off major projects in King’s Lynn and Wisbech. Find out more by clicking here.

Collusion Programme

The in_collusion programme is a three year arts and creative industries development programme focused on enterprise and innovation.

in_collusion is an exciting new talent development programme that will enhance creative technology skills and transfer knowledge across sectors. It will generate disruptive outcomes through the creation of content rich projects that explore the areas of artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, and data culture.

Their activities will introduce you to new technologies and practices, immerse you in in-depth explorations, invite you to discussions with world leading thinkers, collaborate with you in the development of new ideas, and create exciting opportunities for small and larger scale projects and commissions.

In_collusion will achieve a step change in the production of interactive digital artwork by catalysing Cambridge, Europe’s leading technology innovation hub, as an R&D centre for the development of artists, interdisciplinary collaboration, and production. Their unique approach to enterprise and innovation brings together activities will develop around six interconnected centres – Cambridge, Bury St Edmunds, Huntingdon, King’s Lynn, Peterborough and Wisbech.

In Cambridge they will be running an artists’ development programme that’s open to artists from across the UK. We’ll curate unique opportunities to get up close to key tech issues and the people working on them, as well as offering fantastic commission opportunities.

In the ‘hubs’ of Bury St Edmunds, Huntingdon, Kings Lynn, Peterborough, and Wisbech we’ll be building on existing activity and infrastructure to develop creative industries clusters, support skills development and develop activities that encourage innovation.

The outcomes will be shared with the arts sector and the public throughout and at a major showcase event in Spring 2019, a 10 day immersive event which will profile all the work created, bringing visitors into a physical space to encounter & interact with new artworks, creating a strong sense of enquiry, engagement & enthralment.

If you want to be involved as a creative, partner or anything else, contact the team now or visit their webiste via the links on the right hand side.