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TCCE (The Culture Capital Exchange) is a network of Higher Education institutions established in 2005 with Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) funding and first known as LCACE (London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange). We were the first university-led network to focus specifically on knowledge exchange, collaboration and wider engagement between the research base and the arts, cultural and creative sectors in the capital and we continue to pioneer developments in this field.

  • What we do

  • Members and partners

  • TCCE Team

TCCE runs a wide range of programmes, initiatives and events designed to support our core members on the following types of activity: Research Collaborations, Public Engagement, Conferences and Networking; ECR Development and identifying Grand Challenges and Hot Topics for future research.

In 2016 TCCE launched a new national Pilot Programme, entitled The Exchange, funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Between 2012 – 2016, we were also the lead partner for Creativeworks London‘s Knowledge Exchange Programme, one of 4 knowledge exchange hubs in the UK funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Throughout the course of a typical year, we produce many events that bring together our academic communities with practitioners and professionals from the arts and creative sectors and further afield. We do this through fora such as our annual conference and through the many networking opportunities we create. We also produce events such as Inside Out Festival and Walking the City which encourage and support staff across the network to take their work to new and diverse audiences. We support members only activities too, in particular on topics concerning Impact, new funding opportunities and the like. We produce publications, reports, podcasts and other resources to support and advocate on behalf of the TCCE network.


TCCE has 11 core members, works with over 40 partners in London through our work on Creativeworks London and over 20 partners across England through our work on The Exchange. We also work with many cultural and creative organisations and individual collaborators in the delivery of our annual programme of activities.

TCCE Core Members

  • City University London
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama
  • King’s College London
  • London South Bank University
  • Loughborough University London
  • Middlesex University London
  • Ravensbourne
  • Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
  • Royal Holloway University of London
  • University of West London
  • University of the Arts London

TCCE The Exchange Pilot Partners

  • Birmingham City University
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • De Montfort University
  • Falmouth University
  • Fossbox
  • Independent Theatre Council
  • Lancaster University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Loughborough University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • People Dancing
  • Plymouth University
  • Sound and Music
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Kent
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Northumbria
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Surrey

Creativeworks London Partners

  • Arts Council England
  • Barbican
  • BBC
  • Belle Media
  • BFI
  • Birkbeck, University Of London
  • City University London
  • Creative and Cultural Skills Council
  • Digital Shoreditch
  • Furtherfield
  • GLA
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama
  • IBM
  • Institute Of Education, University Of London
  • King’s College London
  • Kingston Museum
  • Kingston University
  • Lion Television
  • London First
  • London Sinfonietta
  • Mediaclarity
  • Playgen
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Roehampton University
  • Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Royal Geographical Society
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Scenepool
  • SOAS, University Of London
  • Tate
  • Tech City Investment Organisation
  • The Audience Agency
  • The British Library
  • The British Museum
  • The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • The Culture Capital Exchange
  • The Geffrye Museum
  • The National Archives
  • The V&A
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
  • University of the Arts, London

TCCE Wider Network

  • Arts Council England
  • Academic Book of the Future
  • Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • BBC Radio 3
  • British Academy
  • The British Library
  • Crafts Council
  • Cultural Institute, King’s College London
  • The Design Museum
  • Design Exchange Magazine
  • Editorial Intelligence
  • Fantasy High Street
  • Fernandez and Wells
  • Fossbox
  • Freud Museum
  • The Griffin Gallery
  • ICA
  • Innovate UK
  • Knowledge Quarter
  • Museum of the Future
  • October Gallery
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • The Poetry Society
  • Somerset House
  • The Sorrell Foundation
  • Sound & Music
  • Split Britches
  • St George’s House
  • Surrey Arts
  • Surrey County Council
  • Sutton Council
  • Tate Britain
  • TImes Higher Education
  • V&A

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Suzie Leighton
Founding Director TCCE

Suzie joined LCACE, TCCE’s predecessor as Senior Manager in 2005. Between 2012 – 2016 she was also joint Head of Knowledge Exchange Programme for Creativeworks London. Her professional background encompasses Dance and Theatre management, a 5 year stint at Arts Council England as a Senior Officer and a secondment as a researcher to the DCMS Select Committee. Suzie is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, an international touring company, and Theatre Peckham, a young people’s arts project based on the North Peckham Estate.

Evelyn Wilson
Founding Director TCCE

Evelyn joined LCACE, TCCE’s predecessor as Cultural Development Manager at Queen Mary, University of London in 2005. Between 2012 – 2016 she was also joint Head of Knowledge Exchange Programme for Creativeworks London. Previous posts include: Director of Lighthouse, Brighton and Head of Exhibitions and Cultural Events at Lighthouse Media Centre, Wolverhampton where, in the late 90’s, she also established one of the UK’s first network to focus on developments in digital technologies in arts and creative industries contexts. She has curated hundreds of events, projects and collaborations. Evelyn is advisor to the Doctoral Training Centre in Media Arts Technologies at Queen Mary, UoL and is on Governing Council for Creativeworks London. She has an MA in GeoSociology from Goldsmiths and her undergraduate degree is from Ulster University.

Professor Barry Ife

Professor Barry Ife became Principal of the Guildhall School in 2004. Since then he has made a number of important changes, including repositioning the School within the higher education sector, strengthening partnerships with arts organisations such as Barbican Centre, LSO and Royal Opera House. He has made the Guildhall School the UK’s single largest provider of under 18 music education by incorporating the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) and creating new music hubs in Norwich, Taunton and Saffron Walden; he has achieved recognition for Guildhall’s music outreach and opera programmes through two Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (2005 and 2007); and he has realised the School’s long-held ambition to build additional facilities at Milton Court (opened September 2013). In 2014 the Guildhall School’s application for Taught Degree-Awarding Powers were granted by the Privy Council.

Georgina Potts
Senior Manager

Georgina joined TCCE in December 2012, after 13 years working in live event production for the broadcast media industry, working for independent production companies such as Zafer Associates and TBI Media, coordinating live productions and, for many years, managing the Sony Radio Academy Awards, the UK’s national radio awards. As Senior Manager for TCCE, Georgina is responsible for producing many of our events, including the annual conference and Inside Out Festival. Georgina has a BA (Hons) Art for Community and Education degree from the University of Roehampton.

Neha Matkar
Administrative and Communications Assistant

After gaining a BA (Hons) Business Studies, Neha worked for four years as a Marketing Coordinator in the B2B sector. She then got her MA Publishing from Kingston University and worked for The Society of Authors where she was Prizes and Marketing Coordinator until she joined TCCE in December 2014. She is responsible for the e-newsletter and social media and our publications design as well as financial administration and providing administrative support.

Dr Enrico Bertelli
Strategic Programmes Manager

Dr. Enrico Bertelli is a social entrepreneur, a performance-led researcher, and an internationally renowned performer, specialising in contemporary music and cross-media, technology-mediated performance. Founder of Conductive Music CIC, he specialises in contemporary music and in integrating cutting edge technology to boost public outreach and deliver employability skills to students from challenging backgrounds.


Tom Holley
Project Manager, The Exchange

Tom is a creative director, strategist, curator and designer with over twenty five years’ experience in the cultural and creative industries. He has undertaken senior roles for some of the UK’s leading creative businesses, including: BBC Online; the Institute of Contemporary Arts; Eyestorm; The Media Centre (Huddersfield) and Phoenix Square Film and Digital Media (Leicester).

His work is informed by an international perspective and a philosophy of openness and knowledge sharing. His work has animated relationships at the interface of digital culture, practice led R&D, urban regeneration and commercial technology businesses.


Pete Mitchell
Associate Editor

Pete is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Sussex School of Global Studies. His writing has appeared in publications including the Times Literary Supplement, Asymptote, and The Quietus. He was Creativeworks London Researcher-In-Residence with TCCE in 2013/14 and works with us on the production and editing of our publications.


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