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The State of Creativity - A free, one-day conference

A free, one-day conference looking at the last 25 years of the policy change in the creative industries and launching a major new report.

Registration for The State of Creativity is now closed. We will be accepting walk-ups on the day, if places are available, this cannot be guaranteed but we will do our very best to accommodate anyone wanting to attend.

Join creative industry policy makers, researchers and practitioners from around the UK for a day of lightning talks, panel discussions, keynotes and performances. Leading thinkers from across the country and internationally will share the latest findings on themes including inclusive growth, R&D, skills and education, and createch.

Event Date - 27 April 2023

Location - BFI, Southbank, London

Time - 9.30 am - 5.00 pm

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Gender differences in musician creativity and their influence on collaboration and genre association

You can now watch the full recording of this talk

Despite no evidence of difference in the creative abilities of men and women, female artists remain underrepresented and unequally recognised across the creative professions. Research on this topic has emphasised how audiences, critics, and other gatekeepers discriminate against women, but it has not fully explained the complex relationship between gender and creative production.

Our research found that the co-presence of female artists can simultaneously enable and constrain male creativity. These results suggest a collaboration-association trade off, shedding new light on the role and consequences of gender diversity for the creative careers of both men and women.

Event Date - Tuesday 8th June

Location - Virtual

Time - 2:00pm - 3:15pm

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Culture 2022: what should we expect?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the arts and cultural industries throughout the UK and continental Europe. For much of the UK’s creative sector the nightmare of closed venues and out of work cultural producers, performers and technicians is being exacerbated by the absence of a ‘cultural passport’ in the Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA) negotiated by the UK government with the European Union. Simultaneously, and accelerated by the lockdown, the continuing ‘digital shift’ is effecting radical changes to the way in which we produce and consume culture.

Against this complex background, what can and should we expect after the pandemic? What will be the effects on cultural production and consumption? What are the biggest emerging challenges facing the cultural sector and the broader ‘creative industries’, in a post-Covid world?

An event from the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, in association with the Creative Industries Federation and the PEC. Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Event Date - Wednesday 9 June 2021

Location - Virtual event

Time - 5:00pm - 7:00pm BST

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COVID-19: “The great unequaliser?”

Is the pandemic the catalyst the sector needs to build a more equal future? What questions should we be asking and how can we accelerate the pace of change?

This event is the first research webinar from the COVID-19 national research project, led by the Centre for Cultural Value in collaboration with the PEC and The Audience Agency.

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Event Date - Friday 12 March 2021

Location - Virtual

Time - 2:15pm - 4:15pm

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How can the West Midlands harness the potential of Createch?

The creative industries can be a catalyst of innovation across all sectors, enabling transformative new products and services which can drive regional economic growth, wellbeing and quality of life. In particular, the integration of technology and creative industries (‘Createch’) can satisfy consumer demands and solve societal challenges. Perhaps harnessing virtual production, VR or AR and theatre practice to areas as diverse as mental health training, dementia support and pain control.

Given the potential of this emerging creative sector, the West Midlands is keen to be a thought leader and early adopter of Createch to maximise the economic and social value it can bring to the region’s people and its perception on the national and world stage.

Event Date - Thursday 22nd April 2021

Location - Virtual event

Time - 1:00pm - 2:20pm

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GCDN Conversations series: Do cultural districts foster the creative economy?

Commissioned by the PEC, a recently released report by AEA Consulting explores the relationships between cultural organisations and local creative industries in the context of cultural districts in the UK.

Using the findings and recommendations of this report as a starting point, this conversation brings together a panel of cultural and creative sector practitioners to explore key questions about cross-sector collaboration, innovation and mutual growth within cultural districts.

Event Date - Wednesday 17th March 2021

Location - Virtual event

Time - 11am EST | 3pm GMT

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CREATe Symposium

CREATe, the UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre based at the University of Glasgow, recently started work on a number of ambitious projects for the next five years. While they conceived this 2019 Symposium as work-in-progress, they are committed to an interdisciplinary and long-term perspective. In these uncertain times, we need to look both backward (where do we come from?) and forward (where might we go?).

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Event Date - 8th-10th October 2019

Location - The University of Glasgow, Scotland

Time - 9:30am - 7:00pm

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Commonwealth Games 2022 cultural programme and the impact of the Brexit-Covid duo on Birmingham

An upcoming event from one of the PEC's commissioned research projects, titled 'The UK live music industry in a post-2019 era: a globalised local perspective'. The project is led by Aston University in collaboration with Dr Adam Behr from Newcastle University and Craig Hamilton from Birmingham City University.

Event Date - Wednesday 13th January 2020

Location - Virtual event

Time - 11:00am - 12:30pm

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Creative work and gender

Co-organised by King’s College London and the PEC, this event explored data and issues concerning gender barriers and inequality in creative work. It considered current research on the theme of creative work and gender, and engaged both academic and policymakers in current knowledge, reflecting further on policy implications.

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The event was the first of a two part series. Listen to the audio recording of the second event: Creative industries and intersectional barriers

Event Date - 1st June 2020

Location - Virtual event

Time - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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Creative industries and intersectional barriers

This event, co-organised by King’s College London and the PEC, explored issues concerning intersectional barriers in the creative industries. It considered current research on themes including social mobility, class and race, and asked academics and policymakers to engage in current knowledge and reflect on the policy implications.

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The event was the second of a two part series. Watch the recording of the first event: Creative work and gender: barriers and activism

Event Date - 8th June 2020

Location - Virtual event

Time - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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Be inspired to make the change: Socio-economic inclusion in the Creative Industries

We invite you to join us for a discussion on the importance of socio-economic inclusion within the Creative Industries – about how you as leaders and employers can make the practical changes to make the goal – that of a diverse and inclusive creative sector – a reality.

Social Mobility Commissioner, and Editor-in-Chief at ELLE UK, Farrah Storr will chair the panel discussion, and will be joined by Industry insiders who through first-hand experience understand how challenging it is to access the sector and their thoughts on what practical changes are needed to ensure the creative industries become more inclusive.

We’ll also be joined by Heather Carey from the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC) who will provide us with insight into their third paper in their ‘Class and the Creative Industries programme’.

Event Date - 11 October 2021

Location - Virtual event

Time - 1:00pm-2:00pm

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Intellectual Property, Citizenship, and American Racial Imaginaries

In the first talk from the CREATe Public Lecture series, Anjali Vats, Associate Professor of Law, critically examines the racial histories of intellectual property law.

This talk highlights a set of critical race studies methodologies that may be helpful to intellectual property scholars in thinking through how race has historically and contemporaneously operated in the context of intellectual property law.

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Event Date - 13 October 2021 at 17.30 - 19.00

Location - Online lecture

Time - 17:30 – 19:00 BST

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The Society of Authors Meets Hollywood: Why authors and playwrights lost out

In the second talk from the CREATe Public Lecture series, Professor Kathy Bowrey looks at how the legal status and attitudes towards intellectual property and authorship changed over the course of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Event Date - 10 November 2021 from 9.00 - 10.30 GMT

Location - Online - follow link to Eventbrite page for details

Time - 9.00 - 10.30 GMT