The Start of Something: Collaboration Speed Dating

Collaboration Speed Dating

Antitrope – a fledgling organisation set up to promote and encourage collaboration between artistic disciplines – is looking for East Midlands-based artists to participate in a “speed dating”-esque workshop. The goal is that artists take risks and explore working with other practitioners working in mediums they wouldn’t normally consider to investigate what “diversity” means to working artists.

Antitrope wants to shake up and encourage development between artists! In particular, we want to find new artist led ways of exploring diversity that are relevant to more people. We believe in sharing skills and ideas and collaborating to achieve mutually beneficial growth for artists in this economic climate.

We want to enable creatives in the region (East Midlands) to engage with practitioners whose work is very different to their own. The idea is to challenge the isolation of studio practice by moving artists out of the circles and cliques they are accustomed to and create new synergies and drive innovation. The project has the potential of being developed into a funded project in the long-term though, this will be gauged based on the response of this event.

We invite artists of any background/discipline living in the East Midlands to submit an expression of interest with a collaborative project idea they would like to work on.

Participants will be invited to the speed dating event to pitch their ideas with each other with the intention of finding a partner to further develop the ideas/projects. The event will take place at LCB Depot on 23rd February. Times TBC.

The event will also include informal talks/discussions with creative practitioners who have experience in multi discipline collaboration.

Those interested in this workshop should be comfortable with taking risks and actively be interested in sharing ideas and evolving project ideas with others. They should also be living in the East Midlands.


Collaboration Speed Dating is supported through CVAN EM’s project The Start of Something.

The Start of Something is a project which, through conversation, seeks to bring people in the East Midlands together to explore a common goal, share experience and work collaboratively, ultimately to make things happen. Proposals for new conversations are invited at any time and CVAN EM will consider how it might support a conversation to take place to benefit the widest community and make the greatest difference within the region. Let us know if you would like to propose a topic.

Find out more about The Start of Something and the conversations that we have supported to date.