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KE Hubs for the Creative Economy

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) committed £16 million (80% Full economic Costs (FeC)) during the period 2012-2016 to support four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy.

Knowledge Exchange Hubs, working as consortia, connect excellent research in the arts and humanities with a range of creative and cultural organisations, large and small, across the UK, to accelerate growth and innovation, generate new and exciting knowledge exchange opportunities, foster entrepreneurial talent and contribute to the development of the UK’s Creative Economy.

These are:

The Creative Exchange led by Lancaster University in partnership with the University of Newcastle and the Royal College of Art.

The Creative Exchange was a knowledge exchange hub, exploring digital and the creative economy where anyone can access, explore and create content anywhere and at any time.

Design in Action led by the University of Dundee in partnership with Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, The Glasgow School of Art, Gray’s School of Art at the Robert Gordon University, University of Abertay and St Andrews University.

The project began in June 2012 and ended in December 2016. During that time, DiA involved hundreds of businesses in its seminars, workshops, annual Scottish Design Summits and 14 residential Chiasma, and funded 17 design-led businesses, eight of which launched, turning over £3 million+ and employing 82 people.

Creative Works London led by Queen Mary University of London in partnership with Birkbeck College, Central Scholl of Speech and Drama, City University, the Courtauld Institute, Goldsmith College, Kingston University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, King’s College London, Roehampton university, Royal Holloway, School of Oriental and African Studies, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, University of the Arts and the University of London’s Centre for Creative Collaboration.

It has undertaken research into the cultural geographies of innovation in London, London’s changing audiences, and modes of innovation within the digital economy.

Research and Enterprise in the Arts and Creative Technologies (REACT) led by the University of the West of England Bristol in partnership with the University of Bristol, University of Exeter, University of Bath, University of Cardiff, and the Watershed Arts Trust.
REACT have released a report that distils their learning from the past four years, and celebrates the great potential of collaboration between universities and the creative sector.

Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy

We have made a short film about the KE Hubs two-years into their four-year projects. We hear from the Hub Directors who reflect on some of their Hub’s most notable achievements to date.

The Creative Economy

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Articulating Co-Creation for economic
and cultural value (2015)

Findings and analysis of the four KE Hubs for the creative economy: Creative Exchange, Creativeworks London, Design in Action and REACT. AHRC commissioned Georgina Follett and Jon Rogers to produce the report, to understand how co-creation has been developed and where and how the different models operated within each hub have added to our understanding of Knowledge Exchange.