Creativeworks London funded London-based creative entrepreneurs to take up a short-term residency with one of its research partners. The examples below demonstrate the range of residencies that were funded by CWL. More information about the scheme can be found here.

Entrepreneur-In-Residence Scheme

Everton Wright and Royal Holloway, University of London


Everton Wright, Evewright Studio

Academic Partner

Gail Pearce, Royal Holloway, University of London

Project Title

Dynamic Drawing, Empowering Performance

Project Description

Everton Wright’s artistic practice revolves around the creation of immensely large drawings, walking in beach terrain through orchestrated collaborative efforts. For his collaboration with Gail Pearce from Royal Holloway it was agreed that a new walking drawing would be created implementing a new set of goals:

1. implement technology as part of Wright’s ongoing exploration of public interactive drawing
2. experiment with the performative elements of walking drawing
3. enhance the documentary and film elements of Wright’s practice with new technology, e.g. mobile phones
4. create a walking drawing app that utilises GPS, geo location, mobile phone and tablet technologies
5. broaden notions of drawing
6. contribute to the development of a book
7. research business models

Creativeworks London funding was sufficient to cover the research and development side of the process, however, additional funds were needed in order to create a new walking drawing piece which would be the basis of the research. Wright and Pearce approached the Royal Holloway Alumni Fund, the application was refused due to Royal Holloway wanting a portion of ownership of the resulting artwork. Another application was made to the Arts Council, this too was unsuccessful. Without additional funding the project was unable to progress.

Work from the collaboration did contribute to Wright’s inclusion in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition 2014, and his being shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize 2014.


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.