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.
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.
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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 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.
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 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.