We bring together pioneering companies and the best academic thinkers to explore the potential of something we are calling digital public space where anyone, anywhere, anytime can access, explore and create with digital content.

Together we are creating new products, experiences and business opportunities which empower anyone, anywhere to access, explore and create with the newly accessible collections of media, public information and personal data trails which form the digital public space.



Public Service Innovation and Democracy

Individual and community empowerment, new public and private sector services, data collection and sensing, data visualization and service design.
12 Projects
22 Commercial Partners
29 Academic Researchers

Performance, Liveness and Participation

Exploring how digital prototypes can be used to offer new forms of participation in live events, broadcasts and in public spaces.
11 Projects
14 Commercial Partners
20 Academic Researchers

Making the Digital Physical

Transforming the digital space trapped inside screens and devices into physical experiences in the real world.
8 Projects
6 Commercial Partners
18 Academic Researchers

Stories, Archives and Living Heritage

Exploring new ways of accessing, creating, exploring and remixing personal stories and cultural heritages to create new experiences.
6 Projects
10 Commercial Partners
11 Academic Researchers

Rethinking Working Life

What opportunities does Digital Public Space afford for new working practices? 
5 Projects
6 Commercial Partners
12 Academic Researchers

Building Social Communities - Dynamic Structures for Growth

The lab under this cluster topic will focus on the following area: Designing the Digital Public Space - Dynamic Structures for Growth
4 Projects
3 Commercial Partners
7 Academic Researchers


Erith Park: Walk the Talk

Erith Park: Walk the Talk
Supporting residents of Orbit housing association in making their own digital walking tours featuring stories and anecdotes about everyday life in Erith Park/Larner Road.

App Movement

App Movement
Exploring new territory in digital public spaces and how the shift from public consultation in the development of services to public commissioning of services can be made tangible via a web platform.

Sound & Guts

Sound & Guts
Sounds & Guts was a performance research project conducted by Tess Denman-Cleaver, which explored how live performance shapes experiences of landscape.   

The Physical Social Network

The Physical Social Network
A prototype, which will explore past writing practices through a physical, interactive experience with a digital collection of Edwardian postcards.

Lancaster Arts at the Storey: 21st Century Art Centre

Lancaster Arts at the Storey: 21st Century Art Centre
Exploring what an art centre can be when populated by and co-designed with/between the communities it serves.

Sound Spaces

Sound Spaces
Sound Spaces explores the potential of spatialised sound through public making

Latest Activity

Serendipity through Social Search

18th Dec 2012
Aim: To stimulate serendipitous discovery of new web content by leveraging the Social Network Graph to augment search results. The web provides us with a wealth of new information, knowledge and discussion on an incomprehensibly massive scale. The ability to stumble across fresh and interesting online content is facilitated by the...

Making the Digital Physical - CX Lab

18th Dec 2012
On the 10th of December we held the first workshop relating to the topic of ‘Making the Digital Physical’ at the Lowry centre at Media City in Salford. Despite travel problems, and the usual prevalence of flu at this time of year, we had a great range of attendees from around...

Defining Creative Exchange Clusters at Newcastle

13th Dec 2012
At Newcastle, our first two Creative Exchange labs will focus on building clusters around Performance, Liveness and Participation and Stories, Archives and Living Heritage. These topics emerged from interviews carried out with each of our partner organisations to determine what areas that were interested in and how these interests might be...

Thinking about personal data at the AHRC Moot

20th Nov 2012
I developed an interactive demonstration for the AHRC Moot exploring themes of personal agency over personal data. "We are making edible cookies from digital cookies. Have you noticed websites asking more about cookies recently? What information can browser fingerprint characteristics like these give away about online activity? What big data archives...

First CX Lab held

27th Oct 2012
On Thursday 27th September the very first Creative Exchange lab was held, at the Digital World Centre in Salford Quays. These events are being hosted over the next few months by each of the Creative Exchange partners, and each of the six Labs will be focussed on one of the cluster...

RCA CX Lab: FACT, Liverpool

9th Oct 2012
Re-defining Working Life in The Context of Digital Public Space On Monday 8 October 2012, The RCA (Royal College of Art) in partnership with FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), one of the UK’s leading media art centres, held a one-day workshop at FACTs premises in Liverpool. The Workshops focus within...