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Our values

The Studio in Bath provides a space for local micro-businesses, Bath Spa University students, academics, and graduates to work on projects and ideas which focus on creativity and technology. It is also a space to collaborate, share ideas, host events – for Residents, and the wider community.

Our coworking space is free and applications are encouraged from people who share The Studio’s values. We are:

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Inclusive

We engage with a broad range of people across multiple sectors.

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Interdisciplinary

We support research, innovation and enterprise across disciplines.

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Practice-based

We make and do stuff.

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Collaborative

We are in this space because we believe we work better when we work together.

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Creative

We are interested in exploring how technology can expand and augment creativity.

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Entrepreneurial

We create sustainable work that has lasting impact in the world.

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Professor Kate Pullinger

Academic Lead

Professor Pullinger is a writer: her 2009 novel The Mistress of Nothing won Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and her smartphone story, Breathe, was shortlisted for the 2018 New Media Writing Prize. At Bath Spa University, she is the Director of CCCI – the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries – one of the university’s strategic research centres. She is the university lead on the Bristol and Bath Creative R+D partnership which is supporting creative technology R+D through funding fellowships and prototypes; and the screen industries Strength in Places research project, MyWorld. Kate has also received the 2021 Electronic Literature Organisation (ELO) Marjorie C. Luesebrink Career Achievement Award.

Professor Pullinger is the academic lead on The Studio and has overseen its development from the start. Kate sees The Studio as key to developing the creative technology ecosystem in Bath, connecting us with each other as well as the rest of the world.

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Abigail Branagan

Studio Manager

Abigail Branagan has worked in the cultural and creative sector for over 25 years, previously working for the Crafts Council and for the award-winning creative incubator, Cockpit Arts. She is based at The Studio, where she is responsible for the day-to-day running of the building and for developing The Studio’s community.

Abi is truly the linchpin of The Studio, bringing staff, Residents, academics, students and the wider community together under one roof.

To enquiry about becoming a Studio Resident, or for any other information, please email Abi on thestudio@bathspa.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1225 876 785.

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Louise Chapman

Finance and Reporting Officer

Having worked in university administration in and around Bath and Bristol for around 18 years, Louise now finds herself in The Studio as part of Bath Spa University’s Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries where she works on a range of projects including MyWorld, Bristol+Bath Creative R+D and House of Imagination.

Louise deals with all sorts of administrative tasks, from keeping track of the finances to supporting events (where, most notably, she is in charge of baking the cake for the Christmas party)!

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Sarah Addezio

Creative Producer

Sarah Addezio is a Creative Producer working with partners across Bristol+Bath Creative R+D. Her role is to support a collaborative programme of research and business development to improve the performance of the creative industries in the region and, in particular, Bath.

Sarah has a background working as a producer in the arts, broadcasting, digital sectors and is also a co-founder of a digital startup developing Augmented Reality (AR) products. She began her career working on live events and theatre, moving on to work at the BBC. Her work as a Radio Producer across BBC networks involved making arts programmes, documentaries and producing live events, most recently at Radio 4.

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Rachel Pownall

Innovation Manager

Rachel Pownall is Bath Spa University’s Innovation Manager for MyWorld, a five year UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Strength in Places (SIPF) funded programme to turn the South West into an international trailblazer in screen-based media. She was previously Knowledge Exchange (KE) Manager on the South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) that promoted the use of creative technology across the South West. Rachel’s background is in documentary filmmaking and outside of her role on MyWorld she is currently scripting and developing a variety of creative projects from podcasts to immersive theatre, particularly looking at how creative technology can broaden and enhance the live theatrical experience.

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Elisha Westmore

Content Creator

Elisha Westmore is a Bath Spa University Creative Writing student. She is currently undertaking her Professional Placement Year with The Studio as a Content Creator.

Elisha’s aim is to amplify the incredible work that residents in The Studio are doing and put her writing skills to the test to shape stories surrounding Creativity and Technology.

Outside of work, she also runs a blog