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The Creative Fuse Conference

Creative Fuse North East invites you to take part in an exciting line-up of presentations, panel discussions, workshops and performances from a fusion of businesses, academics, and creative practitioners.

The Creative Fuse Conference aims to explore the value of Creative/Digital fusion, share insights gained throughout the Creative Fuse North East project and showcase the best of the region’s creative and innovative talent.

We’d like to invite you to join us to discuss ways in which you combine art and design skills with technology expertise in your business, your research into cross-sector collaborations, or your experiences of combining academic, creative practice and business expertise. Come and join the conversation and add your voice to this exploration of the future for the North East’s creative, digital and IT sectors.

When: Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th July

Where: Discovery Museum, Newcastle

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Who is it for?

The conference is free to attend and is open to anyone who identifies as being connected to the Creative, Cultural, Digital or IT sectors, including SMEs (Small to Medium Size Enterprises), larger organisations, freelancers, sole traders, artists and creative practitioners, academics and students (undergraduate and postgraduate).

You’re welcome to submit a proposal to apply to be part of the conference programme (see the call for contributors below), or just to come along, listen to the talks and take part in the activities.

Call for Contributors 

If you would like to submit a proposal, please visit the conference website. The conference programme will be built around the proposals submitted – let us know how you would like to get involved, all suggestions will be considered.

We are currently accepting applications for the following:

  • Presentations – Give a talk about what you do, present a conference paper or discuss a topic of your choice. Presentations may be either 10 or 20 minutes in length and can involve any audio/visual content. These can be delivered by individuals or small groups.
  • Panel Discussions – Facilitated discussions on a topic, with a chair asking questions to a group of panellists. ‘Fireside Chat’ panels are also welcomed, with an interviewer in conversation with a single panellist. Panels with a mix of academics, businesses and creative practitioners are preferred.
  • Workshops – Workshops can be led by individuals or groups, to fit a 90 minute time slot. These should be hands-on sessions where attendees get to participate in an activity and/or undergo training. Small bursaries are available to cover the costs of your materials and preparation time.
  • Performances – We’re looking for performers of any kind to get involved in the evening programme – music, dance, theatre, poetry, screenings, installations, artists’ talks or whatever you fancy! Small bursaries are available to cover the costs of your materials and preparation time.
  • Wildcard – Don’t feel like you fit one of the categories above? We’re open to any and all ideas, and want to create a platform for creative people to showcase their work in the format that makes most sense to them.

The deadline for applications is Monday 21st May.

Programme & Practical Information

Once the speakers have been selected, a copy of the programme will be sent to everyone who has registered for the conference. The programme will also be available on the conference website and the Eventbrite page.

Please visit the conference website for information about access, transport, accommodation, food and drink and things to do in Newcastle.

A number of rooms are being held at The Sandman Signature Hotel for conference delegates at a preferential rate on the nights of the 9th, 10th and 11th July. When booking accommodation, we recommend you do so as soon as possible as the Great Exhibition is predicted to attract lots of visitors to the city.

While the conference is free to attend, we’d like to make it accessible to people on any budget. To make this possible, we have a small number of travel bursaries available. We also have small bursaries available for participants in the conference who will be delivering workshops or performances, to cover the costs of materials and/or preparation time.