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CAKE 34: Rural Creativity and Innovation


Tuesday 26 January 2021
10am – 11:30am


Online, via zoom

About this event

We will hear from practitioners, networks and new projects and organisations in the region focused on the rural agenda, and consider what it means to be based in the rural North East, outside of larger population centres and cities. We hope to use the event to potentially identify calls to action and areas for response or collaboration.

Key themes

  • Creative-led innovation
  • Organisation and practice change and development
  • Networks, community collaboration and engagement
  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Insight, awareness and knowledge
  • Co-development and co-creation


Paul Cowie

Research Fellow, National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE)

Stephanie Allen

Executive Director and Judith King, Creative Director Arts & Heritage

Nick Devitt

Senior Design Associate, The Rural Design Centre

Catherine Johns

CEO, Kielder Observatory


Whatever your professional background, this event is designed to support potential by inspiring new conversations and allowing introductions to take place that will enable collaboration. The event will take place on Zoom, the video conferencing platform. You don’t need to have an account but we recommend that you sign up for a free account and use the desktop app.

About CAKE

CAKE (Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange) is Creative Fuse North East’s monthly networking event, bringing together businesses, freelancers, academics, charities and creative practitioners from across the Creative, Digital and IT sectors and wider economy. Each themed CAKE event has expert speakers delivering short presentations that explore opportunities and innovation challenges. The events generate debate, explorative discussion and stimulate new innovative ideas by looking at each event’s theme from a variety of different perspectives – in keeping with the event name, attendees enjoy a slice of delicious cake while they network.*

“Not only was the event interesting and enjoyable but, for my company, it was an opportunity to make new connections. It has created new opportunities for Living Archive Limited, at a time in the company’s development where such opportunities are crucial for survival… The CAKE event was a chance to step back for a moment and focus on the bigger picture, and this has been very valuable to me.”

Dr. Nick Williams Founder, Living Archive Limited