The Creative Voucher scheme enabled small and medium sized businesses to partner with an arts & humanities-based researcher from one of Creativeworks London’s partner institutions. This section shows all of the projects that we have supported. More information about the scheme can be found here.

Creative Voucher Scheme

BeatWoven and Queen Mary University of London

SME Partner

Ms Nadia-Anne Ricketts, BeatWoven

Academic Partners

Dr. Noam Shemtov & Mr Andrew Robertson, Queen Mary University of London

Project Title


Project Description

BeatWoven interprets sound and music into pixelated patterns and designs that can be woven into fabrics by automated looms. Building upon their existing business this partnership with Dr Noam Shemtov and Andrew Robertson, of Queen Mary University London, sought to predict and overcome the legal and technological obstacles that would occur due to the company’s recent successes. Preempting these challenges the collaboration aimed to ensure BeatWoven had a commercial concept to take forward.

With the help of Queen Mary’s Centre of Digital Music BeatWoven was about to develop their existing software creating a new and improved platform with evolved features and the potential for app developments. Dr Shemtov from the legal department advised Ricketts on issues such as copyright, additionally he authored a conference paper and academic article.

Subsequent to the collaboration BeatWoven has received numerous collaboration offers, including a commission from The Southbank Centre and the London Philharmonic to translate the theme music from Brief Encounters and work with Harrods on an exclusive collection for London Design Week 2014. Ricketts has also worked with Future Heritage for the Decorex International 2014 and has received interest from Martin Kemp Luxury Design and Converse.


Queen Mary - University of London
Arts & Humanities Research Council
European Union
London Fusion

Creativeworks London is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.