What is Happenstance?

Happenstance is a technologist-in-residence programme that ran as a successful pilot in 2012.

As part of the NESTAArts Council England and AHRC ‘Digital R&D Fund for the Arts’, Happenstance created six residencies at three of the UK’s most vibrant and exciting arts organisations: Site Gallery in Sheffield, Lighthouse in Brighton and Spike Island in Bristol; placing pairs of technologists on 12-week residencies for a period of collaborative working and co-creation.

The pilot was produced by Caper, with the University of Warwick as a research partner.

Read the research report on Happenstance, created by Chris Bilton, Director of Centre of Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick.

Read the NESTA report of case studies from the Digital R&D Fund pilot.

Watch a video by Anne Hollowday about James Bridle’s This is a Working Shop at Lighthouse.

Read the article on The Guardian Culture Professionals Network, talking about how Happenstance aims to make arts organisations ‘digital by default’.

More about the Residencies. Applications are now closed.