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Conferences and Networking

TCCE works tirelessly to bring together cultural and creative practitioners, researchers and other Higher Education professionals, as well as sectors, such as health, around issues of common interest, concern and purpose. Creating platforms for knowledge exchange across sectors and disciplines, and the generation of social, cultural, environmental and economic impact run to the very core of our work.

TCCE’s Conferences and Symposia

TCCE’s Conferences and Symposia bring people from Higher Education, the arts and cultural sectors and indeed sectors beyond together around issues of mutual concern and interest.

Back in 2007, we held our first major conference, The Art of Partnerships. Other conferences have included: Culture and Consequence (2008) with King’s College London, Beyond the Academy: Research as Exhibition (2010) in collaboration with Tate Britain, Connectivity, Values and Interventions (2012) with the British Library, Making the Extraordinary (2013) with Cass Business School and Culture, Creativity and the Academy, Building a New ‘Grand Partnership’ (2014) and Culture, Creativity and the Academy: Exploring the New Normal (2015) both with Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Exit Velocity: Supercharge your academic career (2016) with the University of West London, Complex Webs: Exploring Connections Between Universities and the Arts and Creative Sectors (2016) as part of London Design Festival and Refresh, Reboot, Retool: new imaginaries for challenging times (2018) and Beyond Resilience: Co-designing our Creative Futures (2019) with Bluecoat Liverpool as part of our Boosting Resilience Programme.

Our conferences are carefully and imaginatively curated events designed to encourage debate, conversation, knowledge exchange and co-creation around big challenges areas such as health, place, diversity and environment.

Through this part of our work, we also seek to showcase the values and benefits of collaborations as well as shining a spotlight on the role of policy in partnership development between research the cultural and creative sectors.

Examples of other relevant activities can be found in our events archive.

You can listen to the symposium Refresh, Retool, Reboot: new imaginaries for challenging times here.

After ten exciting and productive years, first as LCACE and latterly as TCCE, we celebrated our coming of age with a conference on ‘Culture, Creativity and the Academy – Exploring the New Normal’. I was delighted that we were once again able to use the Guildhall School’s Milton Court building. For me, it’s the embodiment of partnership between higher education and the cultural and creative sectors that we aim to serve.

Professor Barry Ife,
Former Principal,
Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Other Networking Activities

Throughout the year TCCE curates a number of fora on topics such as health and digital creativity. Over time, we also support conversations and networking between our members and artists, creative practitioners, industry leaders, policy-makers and others.

These range from small-scale and informal ‘salons’ such as our Design Salon On Public Space Now in association with Design Exchange through to events over dinner aligned to topics of strategic importance to senior leaders within our member institutions.

In December 2015 we brought together senior leaders from the arts and sciences to explore and debate the topic of ‘Stem v Steam’. Reflections from that evening can be found in our new publication A New Steam Age.

Between March and July 2017 The Culture Capital Exchange has participated to a series of discursive roundtables involving Policy Connect, the All-Party Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group, and Council for Higher Education in Arts & Design, to discuss the way forward for creative higher education after Brexit. The manifesto Developing Creative Education After Brexit: A Plan for Economic Growth draws upon those discussions to ensure that one of the UK’s biggest exports and growing markets isn’t left out of the Brexit talks.

In January 2017 we delivered, in association with Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities, the participative workshop Appraising Contemporary Arts and Creative Research Practices on the Anthropocene and Global Environmental Change, to create an opportunity for researchers, artists, curators and creative organisations and practitioners/activists from a range of disciplines to network, discuss and reflect on work already taking place in and around GEC with a view to building a loose but engaged network of individuals with interests in and around this topic.

In october 2017 we organised the TCCE and The Design Museum Networking round-tablea research focused round-table networking event to enable TCCE member academics and professional staff to develop research relationships with the museum.

I always find TCCE events very seductive – for it seems to me that their key drive is always about relevance and connection. So much of that liminal almost mythical place between HE and industry is neither. TCCE events are focussed on the real. Not in a reductive sense, but from a place of actual necessity. Real people in real rooms discussing real ideas.

Geoffrey Colman,
Head of Acting,
Royal Central School of Speech & Drama


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