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Make it so!

This week we welcomed a wonderful group of makers to our collaborative making meeting. After a brief introduction from Liz Dobson around 15 people introduced themselves, showing examples of their work and explaining the ideas that inspire them. We soon got to free improvised collaborating, noticing how some people work with very different making time frames (from immediate building, to thoughtful development of concepts over weeks, to sound processing that takes 6 weeks).

Two projects were prototyped within the evening!

One using MakeyMakey to control animation with copper tape and a ‘cello, and the other creating a keyboard music display that shows images depending on which notes you play. Though they are early ideas, there was a lot of discussion about cross-discipline possibilities. Several excellent contacts were made and I’m excited to see what that may lead to.

Kevin Threlfall kindly put together this short film – we are delighted! Please click HD for higher quality image.

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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!

Visit his portfolio here:

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


Next meeting October 30th

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The next CollabHub meeting will be on October 30th at 15:15. 

Please visit the event on Facebook. Secure your place here on Eventbrite

It is a fantastic opportunity to meet people from different disciplines, hear ideas for projects and pitch your own. Maybe you are a game developer and you need sound designers, or a composer looking to compose music for film. Or a project manager with interest in working in the arts? All disciplines, students and non-students all welcome. 

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Welcome to the new academic year!

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the first meeting of this academic year. Explore the website to see the kinds of projects people have undertaken in the past. We are really keen to welcome more students from engineering, science, education and human and health sciences too! The power of multidisciplinary collaboration is that it offers potential for true innovation.

So if you have an idea, a dream or just a project you’d like to get off the ground. You can come to a meeting, pitch it and see if there are other people interested in bringing complementary skills to the table.

CollabHub is the platform for exploring and building your networks too. You could find your future business partner, or build a creative team!

Watch this space…

Best wishes

Liz Dobson and the CollabHub Team.


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Collaboration with 6Million+ continues

In 2005 Kirklees Council supported by Arts Council England delivered an extensive project to show the scale of the Holocaust and other genocides. Artist Antonia Stowe designed installations and events, curating the 6million+ projects, which have drawn a wide range of communities together for reflection.

In 2013 a group of students engaged with this via CollabHub, creating a short animation that was then shown as part of the Holocaust memorial event at Huddersfield Town Hall.

Some of the original animation team are now working together again, this time collaboratively with Kim Strickson. They are creating a film that shows two young people from the Jewish and Romani communities sharing their thoughts on this topic.

Alex, Pip, Alex and Winnie with  Kim Strickson and two young people making a film about the thoughts provoked by Antonia Stowe's 6 million+ work about the scale of the Holocaust and other genocides.

Alex, Pip, Alex and Winnie with Kim Strickson and two young people making a film about the thoughts provoked by Antonia Stowe’s 6 million+ work about the scale of the Holocaust and other genocides.

There are a more photographs on the 6Million+ Facebook Page where you can find more information about the wider project. Also if this topic is of interest to you I recommend looking at their main website

This is a topic that is close to my own heart as my own grandfather, a Jewish German boy, escaped the Holocaust to come to England alone. So I can’t say how delighted I am to know that our students are involved in this work. Finally, when students join CollabHub it is difficult for them to see the immediate benefits.

The most visionary students understand that small step investments in collaborative partnerships lead to stronger professional relationships, broader portfolios and ultimately confidence in their work, within this community and beyond. I often wonder what these individuals and teams will be doing in 5-10 years.

CollabHub will resume in early October, with a welcome and opening pitches. If you would like to pitch a project, or just come to find out more please join our mailing list.  You don’t have to be a student at the University to pitch; CollabHub welcomes all communities to network and present ideas for multi-disciplinary collaboration. 

Liz Dobson

University of Huddersfield lecturer and manager of CollabHub.