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Museums and collections

Digital Maker in Residence

Open Call

Application deadline: 27 October 2017

We are looking for a Digital Maker in Residence who takes inspiration from our collections, themes and spaces to develop new way of engagements for our visitors at the intersection of art and technology using for example Raspberry Pi, MakeyMakey, Arduino, Micro:Bit, conductive paint, 3D printing.

With this residency, we would like to inspire staff, teachers, parents and young people to become digital makers and explore ways to integrate digital making into the museum experience. We would like to investigate digital making in new ways and spaces, driving participation and engagement and supporting museums and audiences to create new digital products and experiences. We are interested in how digital technologies can come together with traditional processes of production and how we can develop skills, confidence and motivation to empower young people to make, design and use digital technologies, not just consume them.

At the end of the residency, we are expecting to have a sustainable resource or programme of digital making activities which the museums can repeat and use in the future. We will work with you to find the right ideas and design workshops that will help you move forwards. The residency will offer opportunities to develop a dialogue within and between museums and our audiences.

The residency will be based at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Makespace. The maker will as well work with the other University Museums and across disciplines, creating new links between art, science and technologies.

The residency is open to anyone involved in digital making and with experience of delivering workshops for children aged 8-14yrs.



The residency will take place from January – March 2018, there is some flexibility with structuring the time, but some workshops have fixed dates.


Based at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Makespace, other University of Cambridge Museums TBC


We offer

  • Supported time in residence at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Makespace
  • A bursary of £5000 (+VAT) including all expenses, e.g. travel, accommodation
  • Up to £2000 (+VAT) production budget, managed by us
  • Membership at Makespace Cambridge for the time of the residency
  • Creative opportunity to use digital making in a museum setting for audience engagement to expand your practice
  • Networks and contacts of potential collaborators and audiences
  • A framework and platforms for research, blogs, regular catch-ups, discussions, sharing and showcase events
  • Promotion and recognition of work

About you

  • Significant digital making experience using a range of technologies, creative approaches and working in different settings
  • Experience in planning and delivering workshops for children (8-12yrs)
  • Knowledge of health and safety requirements, risk assessment and safeguarding policies
  • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with the diverse museums and audiences
  • A track record of successfully completed projects, demonstrating high quality and creative approaches, using different technologies
  • Enthusiastic about making, creating, teaching, learning and sharing
  • Interested in gaining hands-on experiences working in museums, schools and makerspaces
  • Effective communicator
  • Appointment dependant on the appropriate DBS checks

Please download full details here

Apply here

Contact: Ina Pruegel, Digital Engagement Specialist