CTRL (Creative Technology Research Labs)

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A development programme for artists to learn skills in creative technology performance, immersive experience making, and digital creation tools. 

CTRL (Creative Technology Research Labs) is a 6-month pilot artist development programme presented by Submerge and The Lowry. Creative technology is the intersection of new technology and the creative industries; examples of artistic practice include technology enhanced performance, interactive installations and immersive experiences.

Through this programme we will support 12 artists who are under-represented in the sector to learn from inspirational creative technology artists, gain new skills and knowledge, connect with local and national artists and organisations, and start to develop ideas for the creation of new creative technology performances and immersive experiences.  

Through CTRL we want to invest in the digital and creative technology artists of the future, identifying, inspiring and building relationships with a new cohort of creatives based in Greater Manchester who are interested in developing innovative, new live experiences using creative tech.  

“The CTRL platform is a step towards ensuring that artists from all backgrounds can experiment with the technology that continues to change our lives, work and art. By introducing some of Manchester’s most exciting performance artists to the potential of new creative technology and digital practices, I hope we might demystify the immersive arts, and inspire the cohort to create arts and culture experiences that challenge and question the world we live in.”

Mike Pony, Submerge.


CTRL will take place from January – July 2023, and selected artists will take part in:

Please note the majority of this activity will take place in-person at The Lowry, Salford, with some regional / national visits to other organisations. 

12 artists will be selected to take part in CTRL via an open call, and we welcome applications from under-represented artists based in Greater Manchester who are working across performance, media and visuals, and interested in creating live experiences with creative technology. 

The Lowry and Submerge are committed to encouraging diversity and intersectionality in the arts and we actively encourage proposals from artists from under-represented communities, including disabled artists, people who experience racism, people who identify as working class, are from the LGBTQ+ community, are care experienced or are discriminated against.  

We encourage you to apply for this opportunity no matter what your age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.  





To apply and submit your application online (including via video or audio files), click here  https://forms.gle/nMZ4oeeUVg7wdMHs7

Click here to download the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring in a Word documentThis can be used to draft answers to the questions before applying online, or for audio or video applications. 

Click here to download the contents of this page, Application Form, and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form in Large Print Word format. 

Click here to download the contents of this page, Application Form, and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form in Easy Read Word format. 

If you have any queries, please get in touch with us at [email protected]. We can answer queries about the CTRL programme and application process but cannot read draft applications in advance. 

CTRL is co-produced by The Lowry and Submerge and supported by Arts Council England.