Skip to content

Exploring Possibility Connecting Creativity


Creative Fuse North East – unlocking the true potential of the creative, digital and tech sectors to drive innovation & growth of the region’s economy.


Delivered through a truly unique partnership between the North East’s five universities – Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside. Academics will work alongside industry, cultural organisations, charities and the public sector, to explore how creative, digital and IT firms can have a sustainable future in the region adding value to the region’s broader employment base.

Get involved

Innovation support for North East businesses

Browse our opportunities

blank setup image

The most comprehensive survey of its kind in the North East

Read about our research

blank setup image
Jim Mawdsley blank setup image
Find out more about
Jim Mawdsley
blank setup image

'This partnership of five universities has the potential to make a real and long lasting impact on these businesses, the wider region and provide a real boost to its economy.”

Working with the region's Smart Specialisation Sectors

blank setup image

"...CAKE had amongst the greatest long term impact; some amazing collaborations emerged over Victoria sponge"

blank setup image
  • Open Commissions: North East Culture is Digital

    Three North East cultural organisations are seeking responses to tenders as part of the Creative Fuse North East #NECultureIsDigital Innovation Pilot Project.

    Project Background

    Sage Gateshead, Festival of Thrift, and Theatre Hullabaloo have come together alongside the University of Sunderland and Teesside University, to approach digital innovation development within a cultural and arts context.

    Open Commissions: North East Culture is DigitalRead more