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Creative Fuse Conference 2022


14th & 15th September 2022


14th –  Middlesbrough Town Hall

15th – City Campus East, Northumbria University

Wednesday 14th SeptemberMiddlesbrough Town Hall, Middlesbrough 

Opens at 9:30am for registrations, for a 10am start. Day ends at 5pm.

Thursday 15th SeptemberCity Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Opens at 8:30am for registrations, for a 9am start. Day ends at 6pm.


Mark the dates in your diary – the Creative Fuse Conference returns the 14th and 15th of September!

Tickets are free and available here: Eventbrite

Our 2022 Creative Fuse Conference will take place over two days this September, and will bring together businesses, creative practitioners, and expertise from the region’s five universities to support the vibrant, dynamic, and fast-growing Creative, Digital and IT (CDIT) sector.

The conference will be an opportunity to listen to key note speakers, take part in workshops and explorative discussion, and enjoy performances and exhibitions.

As you would expect from Creative Fuse, we will explore the impact and role of creativity in the region, economy and society, and how we can be more sustainable in a changing world.

This will include creative places, levelling up, co-creation and collaboration, and how creativity can shape identity and innovation.

We will have a BSL interpreter available on Day 2 of our conference at Northumbria University. Please let us know if you require any further information via


The Creative Fuse North East Conference is a celebration and showcase of the North East’s creative community, and has been designed as an event for a wide and varied audience encompassing businesses, organisations, practitioners, freelancers, academics, researchers, students, policy-makers and business support providers and many more. All of our delegates, speakers, suppliers and colleagues should feel welcome, safe and comfortable throughout the event. To ensure this, we have written a code of conduct, and ask all attendees to adhere to these guidelines.

The Quick Version

The Creative Fuse Conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, race, religion, or sexual orientation. We will not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any aspect of the conference, including talks, workshops, networking events, or online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the Creative Fuse Conference at the discretion of the organisers.

If you experience any harassment, or would like to discuss any concerns at any time, please approach a member of the Conference Team – identifiable by our Creative Fuse T-Shirts – and we will investigate the issue quickly and sensitively.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Harassment also includes sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other Conference events, inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to do so immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the Conference organisers may take appropriate action, including verbal warnings or expulsion from the Creative Fuse Conference, working with and alongside our conference venue partners Middlesbrough Town Hall, MIMA and Northumbria University.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact one of the Conference Team immediately. The Conference team can be identified by their Creative Fuse T-shirts.

The Conference Team will be happy to help participants contact venue security and administration, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.

We value your attendance and want to make the Creative Fuse Conference a positive and welcoming experience for all of our delegates.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference sessions and conference-related social events, including the evening reception at MIMA.

[Attribution: This document has been adapted from the JSConf Code of Conduct].

This Google Maps link for Middlesbrough Town Hall shows the venue location in central Middlesbrough on Albert Road – the full address is Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ. The below information is taken from Middlesbrough Town Hall.

On foot:

The venue on Albert Road is centrally located and is a five-minute walk away from the main bus station and ten minutes from the main rail station.

By car:

If you are driving to Middlesbrough Town Hall there are lots of car parks available within a short distance of the venue – further information here.

  • Council car parks – all council car parks are free after 6pm. Those close to the Town Hall include mima, on-street at Corporation Road, on-street at Albert Road, on-street at Baker and Bedford Streets, France Street (white bays), Buxton Street, and Gurney Street. See more about parking in Middlesbrough town centre.
  • Cleveland Centre – visitors to the Town Hall during the evening can park at the nearby Cleveland Centre car park for just £1.50 between 6pm and midnight.
  • Disabled (Blue Badge) Parking – Blue Badge holders can park free of charge in any bay in Council operated car parks (apart from the designated electric vehicle-only bays in Zetland and Captain Cook Square multi-storey car parks). Legislation also allows Blue Badge holders to park free of charge and without time limit in any on-street pay and display or limited waiting parking bays. This is clearly stated in the guidance issued to all blue badge holders when they receive or renew their badges.

By train:

You can reach Middlesbrough by rail from towns and cities across the North East and the Tees Valley. To plan a journey by rail, visit Connect Tees Valley. Middlesbrough Town Hall is a ten-minute walk from the rail station, and the rail station is also served by a taxi rank directly outside via the accessible entrance/exit onto Bridge Street West.

By bus:

You can reach Middlesbrough by bus from towns and cities across the Tees Valley and the North East. To plan a journey by bus, visit Connect Tees Valley. Middlesbrough Town Hall is a five-minute walk from the bus station, and the bus station is also served by a taxi rank directly outside via the entrance/exit onto Newport Road.

This link for City Campus East shows the venue location (#5 on the map) – the sat nav code for City Campus East is NE2 1UY.

On foot:

The City Campus, is situated in the centre of Newcastle upon Tyne – our venue is on City Campus East, over the footbridge above the city’s Central Motorway (A167M), and is just off New Bridge Street. The postcode for City Campus East is NE2 1UY.

By car:

City Campus East is just off New Bridge Street. The two nearest council multi-storey car parks are Manors and Oxford Street – please see details here. Further information about city centre parking can be found here.

By train:

Please see further information from National Rail and Nexus to help plan your journey on the day. The nearest rail station is Newcastle Central Station.

By bus / Metro:

You can find up-to-date information here for the bus network and the Metro network and services. The nearest Metro station is Manors.

There are also a number of Park and Ride options available, details below:


– Bank Foot

– Callerton Parkway

– Four Lane Ends

– Hebburn (bus replacement 1 stop to Pelaw; North Heworth may work better as below)

– Northumberland Park

– Regent Centre

– Stadium of Light  (bus replacement on the day)


Heworth North

£2.50 all day (according to

Not Covered – 393 spaces

Gateshead Council
Heworth North, Low Heyworth Lane, Gateshead
NE10 0YJ

Get Directions


Other carparks can be checked on to see which ones offer all-day parking near the venue.

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