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Creative and Research Led Collaborations

For several years, TCCE has been at the forefront of conceiving and delivering strategic, ground-breaking collaborative projects funded by national bodies including: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Arts Council England (ACE) and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

In 2017, funded by ACE, we launched a two year initiative Boosting Resilience: Survival Skills for the New Normal with The Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at Cass Business School City, University of London and The Centre for Enterprise, Manchester Metropolitan University (CfE/Manchester Metropolitan University).

At the start of 2016 we launched our two year national Pilot Project, The Exchange in association with Guildhall School of Music and Drama, funded by ACE and HEFCE.

Prior to that, between 2012 – 2016, we worked with Queen Mary, University of London to develop Creativeworks London, one of four major Knowledge Exchange hubs in the UK funded by AHRC.

Boosting Resilience

Launched in 2017, in collaboration with The Centre for Creativity in Professional Practice at Cass Business School City, University of London and The Centre for Enterprise, Manchester Metropolitan University (CfE/Manchester Metropolitan University), Boosting Resilience is one of four new national flagship projects supported by Arts Council England, under their Building Resilience initiative, with the aim of exploring and piloting different approaches to sustainability across its portfolio.

The key goal of the Boosting Resilience: Survival Skills for the New Normal programme is to inspire and support the development of new approaches to making the most of Creative Assets and Intellectual Property in the arts and cultural sector.

The programme, running until 2019, works with a cohort of 26 participants from a diverse range of organisations across England. In its design and strategy, it takes into consideration and builds out from both established and emerging research and sector led thinking on resilience, aiming to create a practical, user-centred programme that also pushes conceptual thinking around creative assets – and indeed creative ecologies more widely – to new limits.

The Exchange

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

The Exchange brought 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 distributed 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 enabled us to take 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.

You can read the report documenting the project here.

It is very positive to see the high volume and diversity of beneficiaries The Exchange has directly impacted, and I hope this report will inspire many more collaborations.

Darren Henley OBE,
Chief Executive,
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.

For more information about Creativeworks London you can download the toolkit Developing Effective Research Collaborations, and read the blog Widening the Register developed during the programme.



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