On behalf of Dr. Roberta Comunian, Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries, King’s College, London, we are happy to let you know that the final report of Beyond the Creative Campus network activities has now been published online. Alongside the videos from the plenary sessions of the final conference at King’s College London last year.
The report is entitled Beyond the creative campus: reflections on the evolving relationship between higher education and the creative economy and is the result of two year’s AHRC funded research network, charting the under-explored territory of the relation between universities and the creative economy, bringing together views and experiences form academics, creative and cultural practitioners and policy makers.
The tone of the report aims to set it apart from a policy document or an academic text to function more as a ‘critical friend’ for policy organisations, academics, creative practitioners, artists and cultural organisations who are planning on, or are already working together, reflecting on the key challenges and opportunities beyond the practical difficulties and possible rewards of each collaboration. It contains a helpful guide for academics and practitioners in the arts to familiarise themselves with terminology and dynamics specific to the arts sector. Beyond the Creative Campus worked with independent designer Adria Davidson to ensure the report itself is used as a creative bridge between higher education and the creative economy.
Some areas it focuses on are:
· the relationship between universities, cultural regeneration and communities.
· the key role played by ‘creative human capital’, such as graduates and staff who are often responsible for creating networks beyond the campus.
· the idea of ‘third spaces’, hybrid physical and virtual platforms that allows the two sides to meet and interact.
· the relationship between universities and the arts.
The report emphasises that importance of pushing the agenda forward and making sure the creative economy remains viable and sustainable for all involved. The report has received the praises of academic and cultural leaders. Deborah Bull, Director, Culture, at King’s College London highlights how it “strikes a welcome balance between critical reflection and practical guide, and will encourage a deeper understanding of why – and how – the cultural and higher education sectors interact and of the different types of value these collaborations can deliver”.
For more information about the project visit www.creative-campus.org.uk where you will be able to access the full report and videos from the conference.
Finally, Beyond the Creative Campus would also like to acknowledge the support of their Advisory Committee and colleagues who hosted the activities, as well as speakers and participants who contributed to the four research seminars across the UK, the two international workshops in Australia and also the final conference in London.