The University of Sunderland Creative Fuse team are based in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, providing opportunities and support to businesses in the North East. The team are supported by academic staff specialising in Creative Computing, Media and Communications, Entrepreneurship & Innovation. We provide exploratory innovations through workshops, commissions and collaborative interventions for the artists, freelancers, and SMEs in the creative economy and beyond.
The delivery programme includes the following key opportunities:
This programme is focused on matching eligible businesses with skilled interns and academic support. Funding is available for short-term projects (up to 12 weeks ft) to develop innovation capacity and scope. Fuse internships could lead to improved or new products and services, and a more sustainable and potentially growing businesses.
Innovation Assists offer at least 12 hours of support to qualifying regional SMEs. Innovation Assists provide input from University of Sunderland academics, students and/or Creative Fuse team members with the aim of providing expertise and assistance for a specified issue or task. Our Innovation Assists have a broad remit giving an SME or freelancer the opportunity to develop ideas, products and approaches for their business, from developing staff to consultancy to creating social media content.
Open Creative Commissions scheme
The Creative Fuse North-East Open Creative Commissions scheme is a collaboration between the University of Sunderland’s Creative Fuse Team, artists/creatives and companies. The commissions offer a 12-week collaborative engagement giving companies the opportunity to develop ideas, products and approaches in their business by harnessing the creativity of artists/creatives and academics. We support artists, creative practitioners and businesses to work with academics and regional bodies working towards innovation, growth, and sustainability.