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Creative Collaboration Seed Fund 2024/25

King's Culture is launching a seed fund open to researchers from across King's, to enable development of a creative project with an artist. The scheme offers enhanced support for researchers at King’s to develop new collaborations to advance research enquiry and public engagement with research.  

To register your interest in the scheme and receive details of the info session and project proposal form, please complete the form here

Applications are open until midday on Monday 22 April 2024. 

For the 2024/25 academic year, King’s Culture is developing a season of public engagement activities around the theme of Sanctuary, shaped with colleagues across the university. The season will run across public facing spaces on the Strand and include creative commissions, student activity and a range of events aimed at engaging diverse communities and exploring the theme of sanctuary from multidisciplinary perspectives.

Some common interpretations of ‘Sanctuary’ include a place of refuge, home, religious or sacred place, peaceful place, natural sanctuary, legal concept, security and safety. We are open to applications addressing the theme from any angle and are looking for a diverse range of approaches, do get in touch if you would like to discuss how your research might fit the theme.

This seed fund will support the research and development phase of approximately 10 collaborative projects between a King’s researcher and a creative practitioner/artist, which are aligned to the Sanctuary theme. Of these, we expect that at least five projects will involve Early Career Researchers as academic leads. 

The fund is open to researchers across all faculties at King’s. 

£2000 per project is available for a research and development phase in the summer term of 2024 (May – July). It is anticipated that the bulk of the funding will be used to pay for the artist’s time, though can also be used to cover some other project related costs such as materials, workshops etc.  

Applications to the seed fund will be assessed on:   

  • rationale for wishing to develop a creative collaboration   

  • alignment with the Sanctuary theme, from any angle 

  • potential for innovative ideas and outputs to emerge  

  • connection to King’s research and potential to support research impact 

Towards the end of the R&D phase, projects can choose to pitch for further funding for a production phase from autumn 2024 to spring 2025, to produce a creative output that will be featured as part of the Sanctuary public programme at Strand campus in spring 2025. Exact dates and level of funding to be confirmed.  

Researchers at all career stages are eligible to apply. PhD student applications require a strong connection to their doctoral research and sign off from the PhD supervisor. 

The scheme is open to any UK-based artist/creative practitioner working in any medium, though is most likely to appeal to emerging artists with an interest in collaborating with a researcher. We aim to support a range of proposals from across King's College London faculties.    


Introduction sessions 

Alongside the fund, we will hold short introduction sessions about the scheme and a networking event for researchers to meet artists. 

  • Introduction to Creative Collaboration Seed Fund – 20, 22 and 28 February, online 

  • Seed Fund Networking Event for Researchers & Artists – Wednesday 27 March, 2.30-5pm, Macadam, Strand Campus. Please sign up via our Eventbrite page

Applicants are also welcome to request a ‘culture surgery’ session with a member of King’s Culture to help develop your project proposal before the submission date.  


To register your interest in the scheme and receive details of the info session and project proposal form, please complete the form here 

 Applications are open until midday on Monday 22 April 2024. 



Successful applicants will be notified in late April and will have until 31 July 2024 to work with their creative partner on the R&D phase of their project. We anticipate we will support up to 10 applications, at least 5 of which will be awarded to Early Career Researchers (up to 10 years post-PhD).  

Because this seed fund is supporting projects with a trajectory towards public facing outputs, collaborators are encouraged at an early stage to consider their target audience alongside the aims and objectives of their project. 

For examples of how creative collaboration can work, please look at some previous academic/artist collaborations through our King’s Artists residencies.  

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