Happenstance is a technologist-in-residence programme. It builds digital skills and capacity for arts organisations, creates new relationships and acts as a catalyst for new creative and practical digital activity.
Happenstance was one of the eight pilot projects funded by the NESTA, Arts Council England and AHRC˜Digital R&D for Arts and Culture Fund‘. Developed by Caper with Site Gallery in Sheffield and Lighthouse in Brighton, the project placed pairs of creative technologists into three arts organisations: Site Gallery in Sheffield, Spike Island in Bristol and Lighthouse in Brighton in 2012. This was accompanied by research undertaken by the University of Warwick that assessed the impact and outcomes of the project. Read the case study or download the research report.
Rachel wrote an article about Happenstance for Guardian Culture Professionals Network.
You can read more about the experiences of the residents [at Lighthouse, James Bridle and Natalia Buckley; at Site, Leila Johnston and James Jefferies; and at Spike Island, Kevin Walker and Linda Sandvik] on the Happenstance blog.
Follow @h8ppenstance on Twitter for updates on the development of the project and future iterations.