6 June, 9.30am – 6pm

Can chance, serendipity and random acts open up new and unexpected outcomes? This workshop will hear from experts who are investigating the role of serendipity in early stage ideas development and research, alongside hands-on activity.

Chance and Improvisation

Artists frequently utilise accident to generate interesting and creative outcomes and break down habitual patterns of working. Some of the most successful artworks have emerged through serendipity, and artists are highly attuned to creative opportunity through happenchance.

The workshop is free and open to companies with fewer than 10 employees and a turnover of less than £1.5 million. We can cover travel costs within a 20 mile radius of Wysing. All food and refreshments are free of charge.

9.30 – 9.45am Arrive Wysing Arts Centre, tea & coffee

9.45 am –11.30 am Introduction to the day by workshop leader Kit Hammonds alongside introductions from participants and contributors to the day

11.30 am – 1 pm  Presentation on the role of serendipity by Dr. Stephann Makri, a Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction and Information Science at City University London. His serendipity research was part of a £1.87m UK Research Council funded project (SerenA: Chance Encounters in the Space of Ideas) which involved getting a better understanding of serendipity and using this understanding to inform the design of interactive systems that support the phenomenon.

1pm – 2pm  Lunch

2pm – 4pm Hands-on session led by artist Jenny Moore

4.00 – 4.30pm Coffee/ tea break


4.30 pm – 5.30pm Discussion to bring elements of the day together, led by the workshop leader

5pm – 6pm Feedback, wrap up with drinks

6pm Taxis to central Cambridge

The programme has been funded by a grant from ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator at The Hauser Forum in Cambridge and is being delivered in association with Cambridge Event Management Ltd.
For more information on Business Workshops email here.