AHRC CREATIVE ECONOMY PROGRAMME
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.
The shortlist for the first stage of the Creative Clusters Programme, an £80m investment in collaborative research and development between the UK’s renowned creative industry and UK universities, has been announced with 22 proposals progressing to the next stage.
The potential impact of Brexit on the creative sector is explored in a recent report from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, The potential impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market. The report highlights concerns and actions including: maintaining access to talent, UK production tax credits, and clarity around regulatory equivalence with the EU.
AHRC and EPSRC announced 32 research projects to lead the way for future immersive experiences. 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.
CREATIVE INDUSTRIES CLUSTERS PROGRAMME
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.
65 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.