Axisweb secures £100,000 funding from Innovate UK

Axisweb have announced that they have been successful in securing almost £100,000 from Innovate UK to support a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency, supporting and connecting innovative and disruptive ideas to help accelerate growth and increase sustainability.

The funding enables Axisweb to build on their research 'Validation beyond the gallery' and recent projects such as those with Heart of Glass and Mozilla Foundation. The action research project will explore and test models of validation for socially engaged practice that will champion the role of the artist and their value in society, enhance engagement and underpin the transformation of Axisweb into a sustainable, self-financing charity.

Recruitment for a Research and Development Associate will commence in the next few weeks.


'By building a story of what artists do from different perspectives, we will help increase the understanding of what artists do, providing the basis for exploring and shaping new realities.

This project is bigger than the transformational impact on Axisweb. It’s about artists and the people they work with and how through collaboration we enable and build sustainable long term progressive relationships.' - Mark Smith, Executive Director Axisweb