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Creative and Research Led Collaborations

Since 2011, TCCE has been leading on the development of two ground-breaking collaborative research focussed projects. We worked closely with Queen Mary, University of London to develop Creativeworks London one of 4 Knowledge Exchange hubs in the UK funded by AHRC. Our role on Creativeworks London was as Lead Partner on the design and delivery of the Knowledge Exchange Programme. At the start of 2016 we launched our new two year national Pilot Project, The Exchange in association with Guildhall School of Music and Drama, funded by ACE and HEFCE.

The Exchange

In 2016 TCCE launched our new National Network Pilot Project funded by Arts Council England and HEFCE called The Exchange.

The Exchange brings together Early Career Researchers (ECRs), artists and creative SMES to explore research collaborations and to enrich the ecology between the Academy and the Creative and Cultural Industries.

The Exchange will distribute 30 Collaborative Research Awards in three tranches of 10 x £5K awards over the two year pilot programme. Details on the awarded projects can be found here.

The Exchange is a significant and exciting milestone for TCCE in that it is enabling us to takes our work into a national context and to work with partners from all parts of the country, from Falmouth to Oxford to Birmingham to Leeds. For more information see The Exchange website.

With its 10-year track record in developing extensive collaboration and exchange between the university sector and the cultural and creative industries in London, TCCE is now in a strong position to roll out its programme across the country and to build a more coherent and sustainable relationship between arts practice and academic research nationally.

Joyce Wilson,
London Area Director,
Arts Council England

Creativeworks London

Together with Queen Mary, University of London, TCCE co-developed the partnership base and led on the design and delivery of the Knowledge Exchange Programmes for Creativeworks London, one of four major AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hubs in the UK.

From September 2012 to May 2016 we supported 109 collaborative research projects between academic researchers and small-scale arts, cultural and creative organisations in London through our various funding mechanisms. These included: Creative Vouchers Scheme, Researcher-in- Residence Scheme, Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence Scheme and Boost Follow-on funding scheme.

The Creativeworks London Festival took place on April 29th 2016 as a final showcase for the programme.


Thanks to a BOOST award I was able to work with Lydia Fraser-Ward, Creative Director of Fantasy High Street and research the impact of arts and culture on the future of high streets in the UK. It is important for researchers and academics to have programmes like CWL to support and facilitate broader impact and engagement.

Dr Roberta Comunian,
Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries,
King’s College London

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