CWL Core Publications
CWL FESTIVAL GUIDE
Welcome to the Creativeworks London Festival. Thank you for joining us as we celebrate four years of bringing London’s researchers, creative entrepreneurs and businesses together to explore the capital’s creative economy. Creativeworks London (CWL) is London’s Knowledge Exchange Hub, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and since its inception in 2012 it has funded 143 collaborative research and innovative knowledge exchange projects between researchers and London’s creative and digital SMEs. We are delighted by how much has been achieved during this time – this festival is our opportunity to show you what we have learned.
Throughout the day we will showcase the projects we have funded, as well as our own researchers’ activities. You will experience the outcomes of our Knowledge Exchange Programme through exhibitions, installations, discussions, workshops and much more. Discover the impact of this research on London’s creative economy; learn about the benefits of collaborative knowledge exchange and network with creative and innovative people.
This is the culmination of CWL in its present form, but it is far from the end of the discussion about knowledge exchange, innovation and collaborative research in and around London’s creative economy. Help us to continue the conversation.
CREATIVEWORKS LONDON EVALUATION REPORT: A KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE HUB FOR THE CREATIVE ECONOMY
The Creativeworks London evaluation report is now available to download.
Creativeworks London (CWL) has undertaken a fascinating range of work over the past four years. Our aim has been to open up new opportunities for collaborative research between creative and cultural SMEs and researchers from the arts and humanities.
We have done this because we believe that collaborative and co-created research can lead to new ideas that make a difference. Our work has supported a diverse range of companies in the creative economy as well as many creative entrepreneurs, allowing them to benefit from working with researchers and research organisations. We have evidence of the many business benefits these collaborations have enabled. We have also created new possibilities for researchers, and particularly early-career researchers, to work with partners in the creative economy so that their research can directly benefit communities beyond the academy. We know this has made a major impact on their research, and built their commitment to working collaboratively in the future.
Our approach has been innovative because we have integrated the research we have undertaken – on the cultural geographies of innovation in London; on the changing nature of London’s audiences; and on London’s digital economy – with our funding schemes. Through ideas pools, research labs and funded projects, the CWL research team has been able to work with SMEs to advance understanding of many of the key challenges and opportunities for the creative economy in London. Research findings have been disseminated through working papers, the CWL blog, films, conferences and scholarly publications.
It has been a pleasure to lead such a creative and dynamic team of colleagues and partners over the past four years. This report provides a rich account of our work and I hope that you find it interesting, enjoyable and useful.
Foreword by Professor Morag Shiach, Director of Creativeworks London.
CREATIVEWORKS LONDON AND TCCE MINI-GUIDE: DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS
Creativeworks London (CWL) and The Culture Capital Exchange have created this mini-guide, with the hope that it might be useful to people interested in undertaking, supporting or better understanding research collaborations. We hope therefore it will be useful to a range of different readers. These will include: academic researchers wanting to work with the cultural or creative sectors, artists and creative businesses seeking to collaborate with university research partners, funding bodies that may be planning to develop new funding streams to support collaborations into the future, policy-makers interested in the processes and practices of collaboration and brokerage, and knowledge exchange managers tasked with helping to support such activity within universities and other research institutions.
Since its launch in 2012, Creativeworks London has supported 109 research collaborations between academic partners and micro-businesses and SMEs in the arts, cultural and creative industries in London. In the process of doing so, we have developed considerable knowledge and know-how on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to developing collaborative projects.
Based on our experience, Creativeworks London and The Culture Capital Exchange have developed this mini-guide to provide some essential information, advice and brief case-studies for those who may be interested in developing their own collaborations into the future.
Authors: Evelyn Wilson, The Culture Capital Exchange and Creativeworks London / Rachel Lasebikan, Craetiveworks London
Date: April 2016
LONDON CREATIVE AND DIGITAL FUSION BOOKLET 2012–2014
The London Creative and Digital Fusion programme of interactive, tailored and in-depth support was designed to support the UK capital’s creative and digital companies to collaborate, innovate and grow. Creativeworks London contributed by running the Fusion Collaborative Awards that included Business-to-Business classes and workshops on IP. Creativeworks London is delighted to show the outcomes of the two-year programme in this electronic edition that is also available in print. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a printed copy.
CREATIVEWORKS LONDON PROSPECTUS 2014
Creativeworks London is delighted to have published a new Prospectus, with details of the work we have done in our first eighteen months.
The document was created by Villalba Lawson.
No.21: Fusing and Creating:
Research Strand:Creativeworks London
Date: December 2014
This paper compares two innovation voucher schemes that Creativeworks London (CWL) has led since 2012: CWL’s Creative Voucher Scheme and the London Creative and Digital Fusion Collaborative Awards. It situates these schemes in the broader context of university/industry engagement; examines the detailed processes underpinning the two schemes; analyses the disciplinary and industry sector engagement facilitated by each; and finally considers their impacts on the research base and on SMEs in the creative economy in London.