Innovation through collaboration

Make it so – create meet

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make it soOn Tuesday Jan 19th an exceptional group of practitioners are coming together to devise new work through collaborative improvisation. A little like a hack lab but without the necessity to hack code or electronics (though this may happen) and a little like theatre improvisation, in the sense that no one person knows what the output of our improvised collaborative emergent creating will be! 

Others will be attending and you are welcome to bring your laptop, materials and a mug (with tea bag) to observe or participate. Please e-mail with two sentences about yourself and your links. We welcome games developers, engineers, scientists, economists… basically anyone. You don’t need to be a creative practitioner to participate but you may have a content and knowledge to inspire an installation, interactive piece, new performance or materials for communicating it more effectively than before. 

Here is the team so far!
Liz Dobson – musician and curator
I’m fascinated by collaborative emergence and distributed creativity. Background in music and music technology, current ground in building communities for learning through collaboration and for fostering new opportunities for creating work. 
Founder of CollabHub and the Yorkshire Sound Women Network

Eleanor Culley – musician and curator

Hi:) I enjoy various approaches to making art, since handing in my MA in Instrumental Composition at Huddersfield in September, I have performed my first solo show, had a premiere of a cello trio, exhibited sculptural and collaborative sound work at two exhibitions and organised a couple of concerts. The next concert I am organising is in a mirrored room in my studio space in Huddersfield as part of the exhibition ‘And to Dust all Return’, curated by the wonderful women at U N N A W A Y! Exhibition opening this Friday 22nd and concert is 29th- all welcome!!


Beth Minshall – graphics, art and creator

My work is primarily animation and graphics but I dabble in anything creative, I enjoy using textures and creating hand made work.

Jonny Clementson – animator and artist
I do a lot of animation at the moment but my real speciality is in traditional drawing, particularly with pen and ink. I love character designing, high detail levels, and robots. Especially robots.

Christine Avis – ‘cellist 

I’m a cellist who is beginning to explore electronics through acoustic instruments (I use a bug pickup). My musical genres vary greatly, although my main work is with ‘Stems’, a cinematic art rock group.

Nicole Sinclaire – graphics

I am a second year graphics design student at the university of huddersfield and enjoy learning about different things which can be incorporated into my practise. 

Dex Hannon – artist, photographer and writer
Dex Hannon is one part of the Broken Toy Company. an art collective with a twist. 4 artists. One mind. He is an artist that works across many fields. Photography, digital art, multi media and painting.

Reuben Thomas – computer coding of visual arts
My interests and strengths are composition, motion graphics, and modern programming practice in C++.

Paul Popat – 

Algorithmic composer specializing in generating timbre from algorithms relating to nature. Can work in Max/MSP, but specializes in C++ and other compiled languages.

Andrew Wilson  

I try and do stuff in the crossover between making in the arts and making new technology. 

Alice Crawford McKinty

I am an artist often working on the boundary; or perhaps the grey area… between the abstract and the surreal, though recently spending time working on ‘realism’ and how it may help to improve my work in other areas, and in the future.




Find out more about the group and joining this event here: 

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Why CollabHub?

Julian Surma as been attending meetings and the CollabHub symposium throughout his degree. Drawing on the networking and project development possibilities he has developed lasting collaborative relationships with students in other departments as well as with people outside the university.

He says:

“CollabHub, without a doubt has helped to sculpt my professional identity and has prepared me for my post university career. CollabHub has been an important stepping stone in my student life and has given me opportunities to collaborate with people from many different disciplines such as media and game design. These working relationships and the outcome of projects, have already proved to be very beneficial as I have been able to present my portfolio when successfully tendering for work outside of university.”

Enthusiastic to get involved and see where things might lead, Julian developed his interest in education through a special CollabHub initiative with business degree students. His team developed new software, drawing on gamification education for music theory learning and he is now well connected within the indie games network and has now secured a professional collaboration with Fireblanket Games. All before completing his degree in Music Technology and Popular Music!

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Meetings take place throughout the academic year – so keep an eye on the Facebook group for news!