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John Tobin

John is our Development Director, managing the team responsible for Near Now and Broadway’s other creative programmes. With a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and twelve years working in the space industry, John is a systems engineer at heart. A career change saw him unexpectedly producing the Raindance Film Festival before moving to Nottingham to work at the regional screen agency EM Media. He joined Broadway four years ago, bringing together his experience to support projects where creativity and technology intersect.

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Lee Nicholls

Lee is our Creative Producer. He joined Broadway in 2015 as Studio Producer, supporting the Arts Council England and Innovate UK sponsored Near Now Studio. In December 2016 he took on the role of Creative Producer, continuing to develop, lead and manage the Near Now programme.

Lee has a lot of experience of producing projects, events and experiences that explore arts, design, technology and play.

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Tasha King

Tasha is our Project Manager.  After studying Business and French at University of Sheffield she worked as Quality Assurance Manager in the Department of Academic Quality at De Montfort University up until 2011.  Tasha has 15 years experience working in professional support services for the Higher Education sector.

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Fellows

Our Fellows are pioneers in their field.  We work with Fellows over 18 months to research and produce ambitious new work.

2017

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Antonio Roberts

Antonio Roberts is a New Media artist and Curator based in Birmingham, UK. His artwork uses glitch art, hacking and technology-driven processes to explore issues surrounding open source software, free culture and collaborative practices. He has exhibited work at Furtherfield Gallery, Tate Britain, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, US, Birmingham Open Media and University of Birmingham, and Jerwood Visual Arts. He has curated exhibitions including GLI.TC/H Birmingham, the Birmingham editions of Bring Your Own Beamer, µChip 3, Stealth, and No Copyright Infringement Intended. He is a Curator at Vivid Projects, Near Now Fellow, and is part of the Advisory Group for New Art West Midlands.

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Rachel Ara

Conceptual and data artist Rachel Ara graduated with a Fine Art BA from Goldsmiths College, London, where she won the prestigious Burston award. Winner of the Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 for “This Much I’m Worth”, the self-evaluating artwork. Pulling on her experiences as a computer system designer and skilled maker, the digital sculpture draws on data and complex algorithms to calculate its own value in real time.

Her work is nonconformist with a socio-political edge that often incorporates humour and irony with feminist & queer concerns.

She lives and works in London.

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Rachel Briscoe

Rachel works as a maker, dramaturg, writer, director and producer, specialising in interactive/ immersive/ playable experiences. She is creative director of fanSHEN, a company she co-founded in 2007; working with a semi-permanent ensemble of talented collaborators from varied backgrounds, she makes ambitious work that achieves accessibility and appeal to diverse audiences by synthesising complex subject matter into dynamic formats. She is interested in elegant and playful work which proves that ‘political’ doesn’t have to be done with a sledgehammer; and in creating contexts where people surprise themselves with their own creativity and humanity. Rachel comes from a theatre background. As a director, she studied on the National Theatre’s Directors’ Course; as a writer, she is a graduate of the Royal Court programme and Soho Theatre Young Writers. Now she makes something which may or may not be theatre, mostly not in theatres, and often without actors.

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2015

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Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad

Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad is a designer based in London. His studio produces work spanning the domestic and public realm, food, games, images, spaces and products. Exploring the shifting roles of the designer within complex social systems, he is interested in developing collaborative models and methodologies that actively engage publics within design processes.

Hashemi-Nezhad has exhibited and conducted workshops extensively both in the UK and internationally and regularly teaches at Kingston University, Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins in London.

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Erica Scourti

Erica Scourti was born in Athens, Greece (1980) and is now based in London and Athens. She has presented work at Microscope Gallery, New York, The Photographers’ Gallery, Hayward Gallery, Munich Kunstverein, EMST Athens, David Roberts Art Foundation and South London Gallery. Recent shows include Big Bang Data at Somerset House and Dark Archives, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam. She completed residencies at Wysing Arts Centre and the White Building, London in 2015, and she is a Near Now Fellow 2015/6.

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Sarah Gold

Sarah is a designer interested in interaction, data and networks in the public domain. Her practise examines technopolitics, privacy and civics. She is founder of the creative company IF.  She has designed for a number of public sector organisations including the Government Digital Service and Dot Everyone, and for commercial businesses like Dior and Apple.  Sarah regularly talks about privacy, the internet of things and how distributed data architectures could provide new kinds of products and services.

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2014

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Ben Vickers

Ben Vickers is a curator, writer, explorer, technologist, and luddite. Currently he is Curator of Digital at the Serpentine Galleries, Co-Director of LIMAZULU Project Space, a Near Now Fellow, and facilitator for the open-source development of unMonastery, a new civically minded social space prototyped in Matera, Italy during 2014 and now set to replicate throughout Europe. During his spare time he contributes to EdgeRyders, co-runs the nomadic talks program The Thought Menu, and hosts Open Funerals.

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Dejan Mitrovic

Dejan Mitrovic is the founder and creative director of Kidesign an educational startup specialising in designing creative curriculum materials for CAD and 3D printing projects that encourage student engagement in Design and STEM subjects. Kidesign enables learning through making and uses technology as a creative tool to reconnect the digital and physical worlds by teaching practical 21st century skills.

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Harry Sanderson

Harry Sanderson is a new media artist whose practice ranges from sound performances to interactive software sculptures, video work and online commissions. His current focus is on the emergent field of caustic imaging technology.

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Studio Members

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Amy Rozel-Martin

Amy is an independent producer developing future artists and audiences utilising the skills, expertise and talents of a digital generation. She has collaborated on creative projects with BBC, 4Talent, Fierce Festival, Breakin’ Convention, Microsoft, RSC, IdeasTap and Arts Council England. Amy now works with Impact Hub Birmingham and Birmingham Open Media, where she is a research fellow, exploring innovation in childcare.

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Bhavani Esapathi

Bhavani Esapathi is a digital innovation consultant within the cultural sector and the founder of Invisible Labs, transforming the way disability is viewed by bringing invisible disability to mainstream media. She is an RSA Fellow and Huffington Post Blogger interested in ways technology can help solve global issues by creating social impact initiatives.

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Candice Jacobs

Candice Jacobs is an artist whose work focuses on identity and the collective experience between work and leisure; and how repetition can be a means of power, pleasure, control and escape. Drawing on aesthetics from mass media and consumerism, her output spans moving image, sculpture, product, graphic and spatial design.

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Carina Namih

Carina Namih works with emerging technologies to build social products. She cofounded HelixNano, an early-stage company at the intersection of software, genetics and synthetic biology. Her previous company, awarded for social innovation by the White House, enables circular integration of the electronics supply chain. She studied moral and political philosophy at Oxford, is a fellow of the RSA and an advisor to the upcoming Science Art Gallery London.

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Jess Rose

Jess is an illustrator and designer that likes to seek inspiration in the strangest of things. Painting fruit blue may surprise you pleasantly, paint scratched off a wall could become a reindeer, multi-coloured lichen can brighten a barbecue. She loves to reflect on the mundane absurdities of everyday life and challenge common perceptions through her work, usually in a colourful manner. Jess works as a designer, print specialist and book seller at Libreria, a bookshop from Second Home.

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Marta Monge

Marta is an interdisciplinary designer with Industrial Design training and a socially focused design practice. She has worked with clients including VISA, Intel, Microsoft and London Design Festival. Marta uses approaches from ethnography and storytelling alongside industrial design to create prototypes, interfaces and fictional products as situations for debate around complex issues.

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Matt Woodham

Matt is a creative technologist based in Nottingham, working as a designer/developer and creating music videos, promos and visuals. He graduated in 2015 from University of Nottingham having studied Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. His clients include One Thoresby Street, Creative Quarter, New Midland Group, Wigflex and Dewy Sinatra.

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Naomi Turner

Naomi is a design historian having worked in parliament and for a political think-tank, focusing on increasing the profile of design and manufacturing to policymakers. Previous to this role, she supported a front-bench opposition MP and has worked for a number of museums to curate small exhibitions and undertake research. She is a member of Fig.9, a collective research and consultancy group interested in experimental history of design.

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