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Calling All Artists! Innovation Centre, Knowledge Gateway Launches Artwork Competition

Inviting all artists to pitch their ideas, the newly opened Innovation Centre, Knowledge Gateway has put out an open commission for two brand-new artworks. The ICKG is working in partnership with Creative Colchester to support the local creative community. With a total budget of £3,000 up for grabs for the winning submissions, the ICKG is looking for two large pieces of art to be placed in its communal areas.

Based in the Knowledge Gateway research and technology park at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus, the ICKG offers flexible workspace solutions, networking opportunities, business support and masterclasses to innovative technology businesses. The artworks should reflect the forward-thinking and innovative approach of the space and the businesses based there. The successful artworks will be selected by a panel of judges with close ties to the Colchester creative, tech and art scene. This creates a wonderful opportunity to show off the amazing talent in Colchester’s creative sector.

The Innovation Centre, Knowledge Gateway

The ICKG has been developed for start-up and scale-up businesses in the tech, creative, digital, data, engineering, social sciences and media sectors. It is a partnership between the University of Essex and Oxford Innovation, the UK’s leading innovation centre operator. The ICKG is focused on supporting businesses to create a regional hub that fosters collaboration and engagement between likeminded people. The mission is to support the creation of a tech ecosystem in the Colchester and North Essex area.

With the vibrant community of the University of Essex on their doorstep, creativity and fun will meet entrepreneurs and commercial bodies. The typical clientele will be innovative, thought-leading businesses focused on developing their ideas within a supportive community. They will be working alongside the student body and interacting with the local political, social and economic communities. The commissioned artworks should capture an aspect of this meeting of minds.

Judging Panel

The judging panel is an exciting mix of stakeholders in the Colchester art and tech scene:

  • Jo Stevens – Managing director, Oxford Innovation
  • Sally Shaw – Director, First Site
  • Andy Ward – Essex County Council
  • Representative of businesses located in the Innovation Centre – TBC
  • Representative of the University of Essex – TBC

If you are an artist looking to submit your idea, please find out more at:

If you would like to explore whether your tech business would benefit from being part of this vibrant, innovative community, please get in touch. You can send a message to Centre Manager, Daniel Smart, to organise a tour. Call 01206 405500 or visit to find out more.



Twitter: @CentreGateway

Facebook: @InnovationCentreKG

LinkedIn: Innovation Centre, Knowledge Gateway


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