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

Mark Bicton and Royal Holloway University of London


Mark Bicton

Academic Partner

Dr Harriet Hawkins, Royal Holloway University of London

Project Title

Writing Environmental Change: a model for participatory creative practices

Project Description

By matching a writer with a geography researcher Mark Bicton’s residency with Royal Holloway University of London sought to develop a prototype model for a participatory creative writing workshop designed to engage local communities with environmental concerns. The project saw the arts as a valuable tool for enabling communities to be involved in imagining and planning at the local level, designing their own environmental futures.

Activities conducted by the residency included participation in several events hosted by Royal Holloway Geography department’s Landscape Surgery sessions and involvement with an interdisciplinary symposium, Text in Place / Place in Text, in May 2015. Collaborating with Dr Harriet Hawkins Bicton discussed ideas for potential participatory creative writing workshops and drafted a number of proposals based on Dr Hawkins advice. Bicton participated with Dr Hawkins in running one session of the Landscape Surgery which led to the development and execution of a creative writing workshop with PhD students. Bicton also produced several short texts and writings for the Landscape Surgery’s blog.

The residency has provided useful insights into how research and freelance writers may work together, and highlighted the importance of working beyond face-to-face by employing online means of communication and creation. For Dr Hawkins the residency added creative writing methods for public engagement and creation to her existing skillset.




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.