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Boundless Creativity: Retain, reset and reimagine the cultural sector

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On 8 July 2020, UKRI’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) presented the second virtual roundtable event as part of ‘Boundless Creativity’. The campaign is a live research project launched in response to the impact Covid-19 has had on culture in the UK and how it can thrive in the digital age.

They also announced a major new research project between AHRC and DCMS and discussed why research into arts and culture is so integral to industry recovery efforts. More information about the expert advisory panel for this joint research project can be found here: UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council and DCMS: Expert Advisory Panel Membership.

What do we retain, what do we reset and what do we reimagine?

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Executive Chair of AHRC Professor Andrew Thompson opened the event with Neil Mendoza, Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal and Amanda Solloway MP, Minister for Science, Research and Innovation for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Writer and broadcaster Vivienne Parry led a panel including:

  • David Olusoga, Historian
  • Peter Florence, Hay Festival Director
  • Professor Edward Harcourt, AHRC Director of Research, Strategy and Innovation
  • Jan Dalley, Financial Times Arts Editor

In addition, Nicola Benedetti, Lemn Sissay, Lu Zhang, Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, each shared a message on the opportunities to be found during this period of accelerated change.

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Helen Chatterjee -Professor of Biology in UCL Biosciences and Head of Research and Teaching at UCL Culture; Professor Andrew Chitty - UKRI Challenge Director: Audience of the Future & Creative Industries Clusters Programme; Eliza Easton - Head of Policy Unit, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre; and Lorna Probert - Head of Interactive Production, Aardman, also provided an update on new research projects funded during and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and present initial findings.

Museum of Boundless Creativity

The event coincides with the launch of AHRC’s Museum of Boundless Creativity.

People across the UK are being asked by the UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to help create the first ever collection of a new temporary digital-only museum that will celebrate the UK’s highly successful cultural and creative industries, and culture and creativity more broadly.

From iPods and Netflix, to Stormzy and free access to museums and galleries, the Museum of Boundless Creativity, which will open its digital doors in September, is all about celebrating the ideas, people and objects that have shaped the first twenty years of the 21st century.

Nominations for the Museum (up to 150 words) need to be submitted by 1700 on Friday 28 August. A panel of curatorial experts will then select the first twenty items that will help launch the online collection in September.

Members of the public can nominate their suggestions for the collection via the museum page and share their thoughts on social media using the hashtag #BoundlessCreativity.