What it is
The Random String Fellowship programme is a unique opportunity for artists and creative practitioners from any discipline who are interested in embarking on their first technology-focused creative enquiry. Ludic Rooms is offering a package of support from November 2018 to March 2019 to enable practising artists to play, learn and develop ideas for new work using interactive technology.
The 18/19 RS Fellows
Mary Courtney

Mary Courtney

I’m an artist and poet from Coventry. I’m drawn to the deliciously ridiculous, the beautiful and beguiling and the endless variety in the world. I collaborate with scientists, librarians, communities, children, film-makers, animators, academics and other artists – making such things as mechanical fish, poems on pavements, giant community drawings, art films, and animations. During this Random String Fellowship I’d like to create an animated digital projection of the Cullen mosaic in Coventry and develop a digital elephant treasure hunt.


Laura Nyahue

Laura Nyahue

I am a Zimbabwean born artist. I design and make unique handcrafted body adornments to address Social and Community issues, such as marginalization, isolation, tokenism and tick box exercises. Alongside the adornments, I creatively write about real life issues, affecting migrant communities daily.  I am very passionate about women’s issues (their strength, challenges and their worth) My work challenges perceptions and provokes patterns of thinking surrounding these subjects. I’m looking forward to exploring and discovering ways l can use tech within my work.


Emma J. Lannie

Emma J. Lannie

I am a  writer exploring site-specific storytelling to take stories off the page. My work has been widely published, and my first short story collection Behind A Wardrobe In Atlantis is published by Mantle Lane Press. I’m the founder member of literature collective Hello Hubmarine and I help run Derby Writers’ Hub; organising spoken word and live literature events. I am currently working on my first novel The Path From You Back To Me.

For the Random String Fellowship, I am  interested in the different layers that help us weave stories together, and in using maps, buildings, landscape and geolocation to create interactive and immersive storytelling experiences in and across physical spaces.


Larissa Shaw

Larissa Shaw

I am a sculpture and audio artists that explores the relationship of sound-emitting sculpture in relationship to the body. I use tactile and haptic technologies to infringe on human perception of hearing and touch, and I am interested in expanding these interactive experiences with use of the Random String Fellowship.


Julia Snowdin

Julia Snowdin

I make fun and beautiful installations for families, I mostly work with textiles and I make my installations for galleries, festivals and high streets. I’m based in Coventry and work from my home studio with my dog Chester. I’ve become a Random String Fellow as I want to bring digital into my work to make my installations more interactive and even more fun.


Natalie Ramus

Natalie Ramus

I am an artist based in the Welsh borders. My practice is multi disciplinary, centred around the female body. I seek to dismantle and illuminate, challenge and provoke societal expectations of normative behaviours, which I face with what I consider to be a performative, visceral, abject body.


Updates from the Fellowship blog

Wearable Technologies

(Tech session with Dom Breadmore) Looking at the ever-narrowing gap between the human and the technical, we began this session with an acceptance, in principle, of The Singularity. In making new work, the idea is to take this as a given, especially in the realm of...

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Fun With Lasers!

On a bright Tuesday in February, Natalie, Mary and myself descended on Juneau Projects’ studio for a tech session on laser cutting with Ben Sadler. Laser cutting is something I’ve wanted to try for a while, so it was great to get the chance to have a go as part of the...

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Second Mentoring Session: fun with GPS

My second session with Nikki was a hands-on session focusing on GPS technology. It’s something I’ve wanted to delve into deeper, as I’d like to try it out with my storymaps. I’m interested in sharing journeys, and leading people on trails where key elements of the...

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Where the Wheel Went

With less than two weeks to go, it’s time to say what happened to the wheel and what happened to the hand – and what other things I’ve done in this mind expanding few months with the Random String Fellowship. Including the delight of working with Larry Campbell to...

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Tech, Baby Steps 👶

Random String Baby steps I enjoy using my hands and making tactile adornments, artefacts. I have been coming up with ideas that are so exciting however a bit daunting to put into practice. What have l been l finding challenging? Where do l even start with this...

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Doppler discovery.

  After my frustration with the stethoscope experiment mentioned in my last blog post, Ben suggested several other methods of sourcing sounds to consider. The first suggestion that I tested out was to hire a Doppler fetal monitor, which is a piece of medical equipment...

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First Mentoring Session

(hollytwined.jpg) I met up with Nikki Pugh in the co-working space at STEAMhouse for our first Random String mentoring session. I’ve had a writing mentor before, but not a tech mentor, so we spent some time chatting about my work and what I wanted to explore during...

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Mentoring and further ideas

10th & 16th January 2019 - Mentoring with Phil Duckworth from Juneau Projects Phil and I have met twice at my studio in Stryx, Minerva Works. On the table, the two circular green and green objects will be shown at Forward: New Art from Birmingham at Medicine Bakery...

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What fellows receive
An £800 stipend and technical resource pack

A 2-day residential to provide an intensive introduction

1-1 time with a Mentor to give training and support

Group technical training workshops

Go & See trips

Attendance and presence at the Random String Festival, Coventry 16-18 November

A final sharing of work-in-progress for commissioners & curators

How to apply
Unfortunately the deadline for applications has now passed.
What is your definition of a practising artist or practitioner?

For the purposes of this Fellowship, we would say that a practising artist or practitioner is someone who spends most of their time making creative outputs and earns the majority of their income from work related to their art practice. Your work will have developed over time and have achieved a public presence. You will have produced an independent body of work in a professional context over a period of at least 3 years. You could also demonstrate this by support from a professional linked to your sector; a producer, curator, gallery owner/art dealer, or membership of professional body.

If you’re not sure, apply anyway and we will make a judgement.


Can artists that work with technology apply for this Fellowship?

If you’re currently make work that is technology focused then you won’t be eligible. This Fellowship offers an introduction into using interactive tech and therefore we are looking for practitioners that don’t routinely explore technology in their work. If, for example, your work ever involves writing code, you’ve exhibited work with screens or cameras, or things that make sound when you squeeze them, this might not be for you. Not sure? Get in touch, or just apply anyway.


I’ve used computers in my practice in the past, but haven’t recently. Am I eligible?

Yes if you haven’t in the last 3 years.


Can artists apply from anywhere in the UK?

Yes you can, as long as you are clear that meetings and mentoring sessions will probably take place within the West Midlands and that you will not receive any money for travel other than the £800 stipend.


Can F/T or P/T students apply?

Sorry, but this opportunity is not available to any students in full-time study.


I have a disability and would need additional support

No problem at all! We’re happy to help make all elements of the project fully accessible. Please get in touch if you’d like to talk through any specific requirements.


What kind of outcome do you expect me to produce at the final sharing?

You would only need to make a very simple presentation of your work-in-progress and learning through the Fellowship at this sharing. However,  as you will be presenting to an audience of producers and commissioners, you may want to give some thought about ways in which you would like to develop the work and the kinds of contexts that you might show the work.


Any other questions about the Fellowship?

Join our webinar on Tuesday 2 October 12.00pm where you can ask questions about the Fellowship programme and the application process.

Past RS Fellows...


Denise Stanton, Contemporary Craft
Fliss Quick, Fine Arts / Jeweller
Jon Williams, Ceramics
Julia O’Connell, Textiles / Theatre
Mark Worth & Sarah Worth, Physical Theatre
Nikki Smedley, Spoken Word


Anna Francis, Fine Art
David Armes, Print
Jamaal Burkmar, Dance
Jo Roberts, Visual Arts / Print
Nicola Richardson, Costume / Design
Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros, Dance

It encouraged me to think in different ways about my work and try some things out that I never would have tried
It opened up so many opportunities: ways of thinking of about my practice and my research
It identified underlying possibilities of future work. It’s been incredibly challenging
Working with my mentor was great – it gave space and time to talk to someone about your work … about what new ideas might come from it, and out of my comfort zone

Random String is produced by Ludic Rooms, a non-profit postdigital arts organisation. We believe in empowering communities to become co-creators of work, in collaborating with partners across disciplines and demystifying the use of technologies as creative material.

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