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TCCE has deep expertise of working with universities, the arts and other stakeholders such as local authorities to develop meaningful dialogues, collaborations and learning experiences. We pride ourselves on working with partners and clients to produce high quality work at fair prices. We welcome enquiries about how we might work with you in any of the following areas.

Collaboration and Partnership Development

Since 2005, TCCE has been cultivating an extensive network comprising researchers from many disciplines as well as creative industries practitioners, artists, policy makers and other stakeholders.   

We can use our skills in curating and brokering to bring diverse groups together to consider issues of mutual concern. Furthermore, we bring evidenced experience of designing, developing and delivering large scale creative collaborative research projects such Creativeworks London, which ran from 2012 – 2016 and was one of the AHRC’s Knowledge Exchange hubs. Here TCCE devised methodologies and programmes that resulted in 109 collaborations between researchers and arts, cultural and creative companies being supported. Our project The Exchange, which brought together a national network of 17 universities and key arts organisations in a 2 year programme funded by ACE and HEFCE was designed to support career development for Early Career Researchers, and research enabled innovation for creative SMEs.

As a result of our long-term expertise in this field, we can work with you from the very start of your ideas by providing workshops in areas such as identifying collaboration values, developing shared collaboration value and overcoming barriers to collaboration. We are also happy to discuss needs you may have shaping funding bids, or to help you designing and managing programmes once you have secured funds.

Public Engagement activities

As Impact gains more traction in Higher Education, areas such as Knowledge Exchange and Public Engagement will be increasingly important for HEIs. We understand and deeply value the potential for such work socially, culturally and economically and can help you to develop KE and public engagement activities within your institutions.

We have significant expertise in developing festivals, including our long-standing Inside Out Festival and other publicly oriented activities such as our Walking the City weekend series.

We also worked with individual researchers on areas that closely match with our areas of interest and expertise. E.g. we recently contributed to an Early Career Leadership Fellowship, working with Professor Harriet Hawkins (Royal Holloway, University of London) to curate and produce a workshop appraising Contemporary Arts and Creative Research Practices on the Anthropocene and Global Environmental Change.
TCCE have ran a long-standing Rules of Engagement series to help academics feel confident about  their public engagement skills where we can offer workshops covering areas such as basic event organisation, writing about research for non-specialist audiences, how to pitch your research for television or radio content and how to develop confidence in public speaking.

Round-tables and networking events

Are there issues that you’d like to address but don’t have the time? Are there networks you need to develop or professionals you’re keen to reach out to? TCCE can work with you to bring diverse groups together around issues of mutual concern and common purpose. We have produced hundreds of events working with many cultural partners ranging from The British Academy to Tat to the Royal Institution.

Some examples of work we have recently undertaken with partners include:

  • Citizen Science roundtable with The Royal Institution.
  • Robot event with The Crafts Council to support an Ideas Lab on robotics in craft.
  • Academics Networking event with The Design Museum.
  • Sutton Council by bringing together researchers, artists and voluntary organisations and officers from the local authority  to explore ways of making more effective use of their adult social care budgets.
  • Technology, Ethics and the Arts Now, as part of the INtersections Festival at Queen Mary, UoL.

We have also produced several ‘Chatham House Rules’ type dinner debates at St George’s House Windsor Council. Our most recent event focussed on the importance of the arts and creativity within the current STEM agenda and resulted in us also producing a publication entitled A new Steam Age.

Workshops and learning activities

From issues such as internal resilience to developing best practice in collaboration, networking or working beyond your institution, we can help.

We can work with you to deliver bespoke, results-focussed learning activities that enable your teams to achieve specific objectives or overcome obstacles in areas such as creative thinking and imagineering as well as in emerging areas such as enabling personal and organisational resilience.

Speculative activities

Sometimes, people want to work in collaboration but they don’t know where to start. You might want to work with the research community but are unsure how to go about it. Or you may be an academic who is keen on finding new partners within the cultural and creative sectors. We can work with you to help unlock your ideas, identify partners and realise your ambitions.


If you would like us to work with you on any of the areas listed above, please email in the first instance with a short description of the work you would like to undertake and indication of your timescale and budget.

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