The Creative Fuse team recently put in a bid for the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Creative Industries Clusters Programme. This programme presented the potential to extend our unique collaboration between creative businesses and the region’s five universities until 2023 with a new project, channelling over £9m of investment into the North East.
In this section you will find regular blog posts written and published by members of the project team. The Creative Fuse North East team includes over 80 academic experts and industry specialists and they use blogging to share thinking, concepts and emerging innovation concepts being developed by the project.
Halfway through the Innovation Pilot projects, we brought the teams together to ask where we are, what’s happening now, and what’s on the horizon.
When we launched the Innovation Pilot programme last autumn, I remember writing that we have absolutely no idea what we’ll be working on in the next few months.
Our 20th Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) event was a special one. This celebration of North East maker communities featured quick-fire presentations exploring the intersections between craft and innovation, as well as a gallery showcase of local makers, and a social media training session from Google Digital Garage.
Reading over the Culture is Digital Policy paper published this March (which has been superbly dissected by my fellow RA Sam Murray in an earlier blog), something struck me about the importance of an obvious statement: there is no silver bullet for digital engagement.
Sam highlights this as point five of his summary,
Inspired by the exciting announcement of Sage Gateshead’s the #NorthIn100Songs project as part of Great Exhibition of the North, The Creative Fuse team have been trying to pull together a playlist for the occasion. The #NorthIn100Songs crowdsources the songs us northerners think encapsulate the sound of the region.
For our 19th Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) event, the University of Sunderland team shone a spotlight on the opportunities for blending journalism with digital technologies. The timing of this event coincided with the reporting of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, putting the importance of journalism at the forefront of our collective consciousness,
Last week the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) released their long-awaited Culture is Digital Report. The idea behind the report was to explore how digital is being used in the cultural sector and what new ideas could be inspired. This report brought together ideas from the public,
CAKE 18: Innovative Women was held as part of the International Women’s Day celebrations at Teesside University. This event was open to everyone, with some wonderful speakers discussing gender equality and their work in the Creative and Cultural community.
This is what happened on #FuseCAKE, the live-tweeted bulletins from the event.
The day begins with a symbol: hands enclosing a soundwave. It’s the logo-in-development for Multiverse Arcade, a participatory theatre experience coming to NewcastleGateshead in Summer 2018.
Unfolding Theatre have been commissioned to produce an installation for Great Exhibition of the North and have opted to create an immersive experience that will provide a recording and listening platform for young voices to articulate the changes that they need to see in the world.
At its core, Creative Fuse North East is about bringing together universities with creative and digital businesses in the region. Universities can offer expert insights, evidence-based strategies, and access to cutting edge resources or tools, as well as introducing multidisciplinary perspectives within a business environment.
But where university-business collaboration can really shine is through bringing our students into the mix.