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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 of London
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama
  • Faculty of Education, Health and Community, Liverpool John Moores University
  • London South Bank University
  • Loughborough University London
  • Middlesex University London
  • Ravensbourne University
  • Royal Central School of Speech & Drama
  • University College London
  • University of Kent
  • University of West London

TCCE The Exchange Pilot Partners 2015-2018

  • 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

Boosting Resilience Partners 2017-2019

  • The Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at Cass Business School. City, University of London (Cass/City)
  • The Centre for Enterprise, Manchester Metropolitan University (CfE/Manchester Metropolitan University)

Creativeworks London Partners 2012-2016

  • 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

  • Artquest
  • Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • Arts Catalyst
  • Arts Council England
  • Arts Professional
  • BBC Radio 3
  • Ben Uri Gallery
  • British Academy
  • British Council
  • Capital Enterprise
  • Crafts Council
  • Creative Industries Federation
  • Fossbox
  • Creative Matters Festival
  • The Griffin Gallery
  • CVAN
  • DataKind UK
  • Design Exchange Magazine
  • Design Manchester
  • Design Museum
  • Design Museum Helsinki
  • Designersblock
  • Digital Catapult
  • Euclid
  • Fernandez and Wells
  • Finetuned
  • Fossbox
  • Furtherfield
  • Surrey Arts
  • Golant Media Ventures
  • Higher Education Funding Council for England
  • IBM
  • Innovate UK
  • Intern Aware
  • Journal of Visual Art Practice
  • Julie’s Bicycle
  • Knowledge Quarter
  • KTN
  • Ladbury PR
  • Museum of the Future
  • NCVO
  • Nesta
  • October Gallery
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • Phoenix Gallery
  • Q-Art
  • Royal Academy of Arts
  • Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Somerset House
  • Sound & Music
  • St George’s House
  • STEAMhouse Birmingham
  • Studio Wayne McGregor
  • Tech North
  • The Art Workers’ Guild
  • The British Library
  • The Cornelius Arts Foundation
  • The Royal Institution
  • The Sorrell Foundation
  • They Eat Culture
  • Times Higher Education
  • TMRW
  • Toucan
  • UKTI
  • V&A
  • Westminster Arts Forum

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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 Wilson is a Founder Director of The Culture Capital Exchange and was one of the first members of staff to join our previous entity, LCACE (London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange) in 2005. She is also currently one of the establishing team and Co-Investigator of Boosting Resilience. Between 2012- 2016, she was Head of Knowledge Exchange with Creativeworks London leading on the conception and delivery of several key elements of its Knowledge Exchange Programme. She has deep and extensive experience as a cultural producer/curator, working since the early 90’s in areas including: third cinema, photography and the digital arts. Prior to LCACE, she was Director of Lighthouse, Brighton and before that spent 11 years working in cultural centres in the West Midlands. Evelyn is advisor to the Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at Cass Business School and an Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has held a number of advisory roles at bodies such as Arts Council England, as well as in arts and Higher Education contexts. She holds an MA in Geosociology from Goldsmiths and a first degree in Communications Studies from Ulster University.

Giorgia Cacciatore
Administrative and Communications Assistant

Giorgia holds a Masters degree in Culture Industry from Goldsmiths University, where her research focused on the aftermath of soft power and culture in foreign relations on the cultural sector. She has a background in the creative industries and collaborated with several organizations across Europe as broadcaster, writer, designer and communication assistant. She is responsible for the e-newsletter, social media and website as well as providing administrative support.


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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