This is the CWL News and Funded Project News Archive. It draws an informative picture on which stories relevant to the creative industries were happening during the AHRC-funded period of Creativeworks London between 2012 and 2016.

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TCCE Annual Conference – Culture, Creativity and the Academy: Exploring the New Normal (Early Bird Tickets now extended until 3rd July 2015)

Date: Tue 14 July 2015
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Milton Court (Main entrance) corner of Milton Street / Silk Street, London EC2Y 9BH
Price: £150 ‘Early Bird’ Tickets (before 5pm, 3rd July 2015)  / £240 Full Price Tickets (after 5pm, 3rd July 2015) 

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*A limited number of £75 reduced-rate tickets are available, please see below for details.


The timely theme for this year’s TCCE conference, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, is: Culture, Creativity and the Academy: Exploring the New Normal.

When The Culture Capital Exchange (formerly LCACE) was established a decade ago, whilst there were some strong and very exciting partnerships between the Arts, Cultural and Creative industries and Higher Education, such work was arguably more the exception than the rule. Now, however, it is the case that collaborations between these sectors are developing apace and that such work is increasingly becoming the ‘new normal’.

Culture, Creativity and the Academy: Exploring the New Normal, presented in partnership with Guildhall School of Music & Drama, sets out to examine to what extent this actually is the case and if so what does ‘the new normal’ look like, what are its characteristics, who’s doing it, how does it come about and why is it important, particularly now.

Culture, Creativity and The Academy: Exploring the New Normal aims to create a picture of key developments over the last decade. Furthermore it will start the process of building a roadmap for the decade to come with topics for discussion including:

- Successful partnerships: What models are out there and how do they work?
- Public funding and collaboration: Joining the dots
- Universities and the social contract: Working together for the wider good
- Moving forward: A blueprint for the future

Culture, Creativity and the Academy: Exploring the New Normal will be of interest to those working in academia, the cultural and creative industries, policy-makers and those interested in the role of research and innovation more widely.


Professor Barry Ife (Principal, Guildhall School of Music & Drama), Deborah Bull (Director, Culture at King’s College London), Sorrel Hershberg (Director, The Sorrell Foundation), Jodie Eastwood (Knowledge Quarter Project Manager, The British Library), Dr Harriet Hawkins (Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway University of London), Dr Eleonora Belfiore (Director of Studies, Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value, University of Warwick), Dr Peter Mitchell (Researcher, Queen Mary, University of London), Dr Catherine McNamara (Reader and Pro-Dean (Students), Royal Central School of Speech & Drama), Professor Gavin Henderson CBE (Principal, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Dr Daniel Glaser (Director, Science Gallery London, King’s College London), Caroline Jenkinson (Head of Arts and Tourism, London Borough of Camden) and Professor Anthony Bowne (Principal, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance), Layton Reid (Associate Dean, Ravensbourne), Professor Bill Sherman (Head of Research, V&A), Heather Williams (Knowledge Exchange Strategy and Development Manager, Arts and Humanities Research Council), Lydia Fraser-Ward (Creative Director, Fantasy High Street), Becca Weber  (Coventry University), Dr Mark Gray  (Pro Vice Chancellor & Director of Knowledge Transfer, Middlesex University), Lucie Clements (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance), Dr Cormac Newark  (Head of Research, Guildhall School of Music & Drama), David Sweeney (Director – Research, Education and Knowledge Exchange, HEFCE), Diana Edmunds  (Magna Carta Festival Manager, Royal Holloway, University of London), Aimee Fairhurst (Surrey Arts), John Newbigin OBE (Chair, Creative England) and Andrew Burke (Chief Executive, London Sinfonietta).

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Booking Details

Early Bird Tickets (before 5pm, 3rd July 2015): £150
Full Price Tickets (after 5pm, 3rd July 2015): £240

*Please note that TCCE are offering a limited number of £75 reduced-rate tickets for Early Career Researchers from TCCE member universities and small arts, cultural, creative and social innovation businesses (employing less than 20 people).

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Please note: reduced-rate tickets are strictly limited and subject to availability and will be issued on a first come served basis.

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TCCE is a pioneering organisation that, for the last decade, has been at the leading edge of developments in Knowledge Exchange, collaboration development and networking in the fertile ground between Higher Education and the Arts, Cultural and Creative Industries. Our annual conference is a unique forum that brings together representatives from higher education, the arts, cultural and creative sectors and the wider worlds of policy and business.

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