The Exchange: nurturing collaboration between academics and creative SMEs

The Culture Capital Exchange is today announcing the launch of The Exchange, a two-year pilot project bringing together Artists, Creative Small Businesses and Academic Researchers to explore and nurture research collaborations between the Arts and Creative Sectors and Universities.

Funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) The Exchange will build a national network through which artists, creatives and researchers can grow mutually beneficial relationships and break down barriers to collaboration. Creatives will gain better intelligence about their work and academics will be able to strengthen their research practice with direct access to industry partners.

These collaborations will be nurtured by through a series of 30 grants, seed funding of £5,000 each, available for 30 collaborative research projects, to allow academics and creatives to work together on an idea or avenue of enquiry.

To kick-start The Exchange, The Culture Capital Exchange is holding a series of free introductory networking events across the country during January and February 2016. The events are for Early Career Researchers (ECR), Artists, Micro Businesses and SMEs within the Creative and Cultural Industries, Research / Business Development Managers

“With The Exchange we hope to develop a national network of Higher Education Institutions to share best practice, lessons learned from individual initiatives and avoid duplication in this developing area. The Exchange will also provide a valuable peer-to-peer network and skills development opportunities for Early Career Researchers”, says Suzie Leighton, Director, The Culture Capital Exchange. “And for Creatives, we see academics being able to help articulate their business case to potential partners and funders and provide resources to move forward in artistic or business practice. We have had great success with this model in London so it’s exciting to see it roll out across the country”.

The Culture Capital Exchange have now opened the call for the regional events, which will hold between 50 and 70 people each. Find out more information on the Exchange website.

Or you can sign up to the events now:

South West - Wednesday 20th January 2016 - 4-7pm: Plymouth University, Plymouth, Devon

North - Wednesday 3rd February 2016 - 3-6pm : Round Foundry Media Centre, Leeds

South East - Wednesday 17th February 2016 - 3.30-6.30pm : Digital Catapult, London

Midlands - Wednesday 24th February 2016 - 3-5pm: Birmingham City University, Birmingham



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