Arts and Humanities in the Creative Economy
The latest film from the Arts and Humanities Research Council shines a light on the recently held Creative Economy Showcase event.
The UK’s Creative Economy – which embraces the creative industries and the cultural sector – is a dynamic and vital part of the UK’s economy. It accounts for more than 5% of UK Gross Value Added (higher than Financial Services, Advanced Manufacturing and Construction), nearly 10% of the economy, and is estimated to be growing at a higher rate than any other sector.
The sector ranges from major corporations to small and micro enterprises. It is increasingly clear, however that the arts and humanities are a vital element of the Creative Economy, bringing further creativity, insight and knowledge to a sector as rich and varied as it is successful and innovative.
The Creative Economy showcase highlighted the vital relationship between the arts and humanities research base and the UK’s Creative Economy.
The purpose of the event was to raise the profile of the UK’s creative and cultural sector and highlight its contribution to growth and innovation within the UK economy. The event brought the key players together to discuss the overarching challenges and future priorities.
Keynote speakers included the Rt Hon David Willetts, Sebastian Conran (Designer), Professor Judy Simons (Emeritus Professor, De Montfort University), Dr David Docherty (CEO, National Centre for Universities and Business) and Professor Rick Rylance (CEO, AHRC).
Among the creative sectors explored during the day were: design, videogames, digital technologies, fashion, dance, architecture, festivals, broadcasting, visual arts, archives, and many more.