Creative Clusters


The Creative Industries Clusters Programme will invest over £80m to deliver eight new Creative Research & Development partnerships bringing together creative industries with arts and humanities researchers. The shortlist of successful bids for stage 1 of applications has been announced.

Creative Economy


The Creative Economy Programme mission is to enhance the AHRC’s reach in the creative economy, emphasising the importance of arts and humanities research in generating impact across the sector, ranging from micro-businesses to large corporations.

Immersive Projects Funded

32 Immersive Experiences Projects Funded

The projects successful in securing funding from the Immersive Experiences Research call have been announced. They range from VR recreating the benefits of outdoor group singing, to new immersive Circus experiences and allowing museum visitors to virtually peruse priceless ancient texts.

New Sounds New Styles

exploring the intersections of music and technology

New Sounds New Styles was a conference and performances featuring immersive audio and VR, showcasing the best in current research, authoring, design and performance, curated by celebrated designer Malcolm Garrett. Watch the videos, read the programme, discover the speakers.

Latest News

Nine Creative Clusters Announced To Spearhead £80m R&D Investment

Following a rigorous year-long selection process, the Creative Industries Clusters Programme recently announced the nine creative clusters and a new Policy and Evidence Centre that will build on the UK's leading position in the Creative Industries bringing together...

Innovating STEAM: Demystifying UK Government Funding

Once again demystifying government funding opportunities, Maria Ingold has published another very useful overview, Innovating STEAM: Demystifying UK Government Funding. With permission to re-publish, we're please to share it here. Following on from the fantastic...

XR Circus: When New Immersive Technology Joins The Circus

'An extraordinary circus' is the notion behind this project exploring the realms of possibility when new immersive technologies collide with circus and street arts. Led by the University of Brighton and Kings College London, in collaboration with research partners...

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The Creative Industries Clusters Programme starting in 2018, will invest £80m in eight new creative research & development partnerships bringing together the UK’s renowned creative industries with arts and humanities led research from our world-leading university sector.

Clusters Bid Infographic Map Only65 statements of intent have been submitted from institutions interested in hosting an R&D cluster. A full list of the bids (that have opted to share details) is available as a spreadsheet and as an infographic.

A core recommendation of the recent Bazalgette Review, is to foster clusters of creative industries, supporting regional growth. The report endorsed the Creative Industries Clusters Programme, developing “focal points for work to grow and strengthen the creative economy”

Successful Stage 1 bids will be announced in early February 2018.

From film and music to video games and architecture, the UK has one of the world’s largest, most innovative and fastest growing creative industries.

The Programme will act as a catalyst to further grow the creative economy unlocking emerging fields and adapting new technologies with a new wave of R&D that will open up exciting ways to create, distribute, and participate in products and experiences.

Part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, this programme will drive economic growth through the development of exciting new products and services, generating a step-change in the creation of new jobs and the supply of high-value skills to fill them.

While providing the impetus for the creative industries to flourish across the UK, this investment will also expand international trade and secure the UK’s reputation as having the world’s leading creative industries.

Creative Economy Programme Events

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