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Proboscis bring a very different perspective to projects, ask different questions and help us gain different perspectives on issues. Working with artists helps us to gain new insights which can result in innovation that is much needed at the moment. Working with artists in this way also leaves artifacts for people to keep and reflect upon which I think continues the learning process after any event.”
Lelsey Cramman, Birmingham City Council Total Place Knowledge Management Team


We have particularly appreciated the social context and fresh insights Proboscis has brought… and hope to bring this perspective to other projects we are working on inside Orange.
Karl Humphreys, Head of Product Experience Design, Orange UK


Proboscis has given us first hand knowledge of how geographical information is utilised both technically and sociologically by a non-geographical user.”
Mark Freeman, Research & Innovation, Ordnance Survey


Proboscis have been a closer fit to the way we work here in HP Labs. This has made the collaboration a smoother one than we find working with short term product-focussed SMEs.”
Phil Stenton, Hewlett-Packard Research Labs


Proboscis’ approach to the project has not been governed by any commercial interest or gain; this has resulted in a team that is very focused on the outcomes of the project and the benefits of the research.”
Kieran Arnold, Programme Manager Mobile & Multimedia Services, France Telecom R&D UK Ltd

Client List

  • British Library
    Proboscis has been contracted to lead a user-centred design engagement process for the Single Digital Presence project, exploring the needs and desires of public library users for digital services.
  • London School of Economics
    Proboscis is devising an engagement process for a series of workshops with refugees and their local supporters to understand the role of digital communications in their experiences. The workshops will be conducted across 3 cities: London, Berlin & Athens working primarily with Arabic speaking refugees.
  • Information Security Group, Royal Holloway University of London
    Proboscis was commissioned by the ISG to create a series of publications as part of their contribution to the EU-funded TREsPASS project, and to co-design and develop a toolkit of ‘Creative Securities’ tools and processes for use in workshops and conferences for the CySeCa project.
  • Movement Science Research Group, Oxford Brookes University
    Proboscis was contracted to lead a patient-centred design process, mapping out the needs and motivations of Traumatic Brain Injury survivors in developing a digital Rehabilitation Journey Tool for the movement science research group headed by Professor Helen Dawes at Oxford Brookes. Part of the Europe-wide CENTER-TBI programme.
  • Librarypress
    Proboscis was commissioned to devise and lead a series of “pop up publishing” workshops for library users in three London boroughs, based around our unique self-publishing platform. Proboscis also delivered a day-long professional development workshop to professional library staff from seven London boroughs and delivered a further half-day PD workshop for additional staff from these boroughs and several other boroughs.
  • Futurecity/Anglia Ruskin University
    Proboscis was commissioned to lead an industrial/arts residency with Philips Research UK, looking at the potential for personal biosensor technologies to improve well-being and health awareness via 3d fabrications data objects. The work was commissioned as part of Anglia Ruskin University’s Visualise public art programme.
  • Information Security Group, Royal Holloway University of London
    Proboscis was commissioned by ISG to conduct a technology review for their VOME project and to follow this up with a custom social engagement project with a community in Pallion, Sunderland exploring how local people can create their own sustainable knowledge sharing platforms. We have continued to work with ISG, collaborating on a further AHRC-funded project working with prisoner’s families to understand and share their experiences of visiting relatives in prison.
  • Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies, University of Cambridge
    Proboscis collaborated with CARET to develop new insights into group behaviour in the use of collaborations tools and technologies to assist in the future development of online platforms by CARET for use within the University of Cambridge.
  • Birmingham City Council
    Proboscis was commissioned to run workshops with families exploring their experiences of the Early Interventions Programme and to create a series of StoryCubes to communicate these experiences to managers of council services.
  • Green Heart Partnership
    Proboscis was commissioned to engage with four different geographic communities in Hertfordshire and explore people’s ideas about community.
  • ADeC (Arts Development East Cambridgeshire)
    A commission by ADeC (Arts Development East Cambridgeshire) to create a space where local residents of Sutton-in-the-isle near Ely, new and longstanding, can have the room to explore place and identity through creative activity.
  • Perception Peterborough
    (Peterborough City Council; Arts Council England, East; Opportunity Peterborough, East England Development Agency, MLA, Sport England, English Heritage; Heritage Lottery Fund)

    Perception Peterborough is a dynamic and creative visioning project which brought together  key local representatives with creative thinkers to develop innovative approaches to the challenges and opportunities facing Peterborough. Proboscis was commissioned to develop and lead a series of creative workshops alongside consultants Haring Woods Associates.
  • University of Cardiff
    Proboscis was commissioned by the Human Resources Division to facilitate a StoryCubes workshop as part of its internal leadership programme.
  • Manchester Beacon Project / Just-b Productions
    Proboscis was commissioned by the Manchester Beacon Project (University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, and Manchester: Knowledge Capital.) and Just-b Productions to facilitate a workshop outlining possibilities for a creative public engagement tool.
  • British Council
    Proboscis has been invited by the British Council to design a project (Lattice) spanning the East Asia region for its Creative Cities programme. The first project (February-March 2008) is Lattice:Sydney – a collaboration with ICE (Information, Communication and Exchange) in Western Sydney.
  • University of Waterloo
    Proboscis has developed a semester-long course in the Fine Arts programme at the University of Waterloo for under- and post graduate students. The course, Anarchaeology: collecting, curating and communicating culture has been developed in partnership with Andrew Hunter of Render at the University.
  • Enter Festival/The Junction, Cambridge
    Proboscis were commissioned to help devise and plan the programme for a two day conference at Downing College, University of Cambridge by The Junction, where we also ran a Public Authoring Zone enabling delegates to create StoryCubes and eBooks about the issues.
  • Science Museum, London
    Proboscis contributed expertise and experience to the Science Museum London Art Programme’s advance research for a future exhibition on locative media.
  • Ministry of Justice, UK Government
    Proboscis developed an innovation project (Conversations and Connections) for the Electoral Policy Division using innovative tools and techniques to enhance democratic engagement at local level as part of our Social Tapestries research programme.
  • IPPR (Institute of Public Policy Research)
    Giles Lane wrote a case study on Intellectual Property and Public Sector Information focusing on the Ordnance Survey for the IPPR’s IP and the Public Sector project.
  • Antenna Audio
    Giles Lane co-authored (with Sarah Thelwall) a strategic analysis of international funding sources and scenarios for the cultural sector.
  • Derbyshire Arts Development Group
    In 2003-04 Alice Angus led a research project into new and non-traditional outlets for contemporary art in Derbyshire.
  • IDEO London
    Between 2002-2003 Alice Angus & Giles Lane researched, wrote and edited an internal publication for IDEO London describing their innovative work on wireless environments for the Prada Epicenter Store in New York.
  • Arts Council of England
    Proboscis have designed, published and distributed a number of essays on behalf of the Arts Council of England as part of the CODE: Collaboration and Ownership in the Digital Economy Conference.
  • Rotovision
    Giles Lane co-authored and edited Interactive: The Internet for Graphic Designers with writer and designer Paul Farrington, published by Rotovision.
  • NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)
    Giles Lane was a project assessor for the Education Team.
  • LUX CENTRE / Pandaemonium Festival
    Alice Angus & Giles Lane commissioned and edited the festival catalogue for the 2001 Pandaemonium Festival of Moving Images.