Creative Economies

Arts Development UK
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Event details

Event duration: 
9am to 5pm
Type of event: 
Discussion / debate / seminar
Over 18s only
Venue name: 
The Camden Centre,
Euston Road


Ticketing information: 
Concessions available, see for details and booking
Ticket availability: 
Limited places

About the event

A national seminar on the creative economy exploring the role of arts in economic development

This timely national seminar investigates the role that arts can play in economic development and the regeneration of communities in the current challenging economic climate.

 Creative Economies will explore:

  • the role of arts and culture as economic anchors and drivers in cultural regeneration

  • how the wider business sector values and uses the role of arts and culture

  • practical ways of measuring and capturing the economic value of the arts and culture

These three integrated themes are designed to provide topical examples and case studies, suggest ways of understanding and communicating directly with the business sector about the economic importance of arts and culture, suggest tools to provide evidence of impact and value.

The seminar is a partnership event between Arts Council England and Arts Development UK and is hosted by the London Borough of Camden.

Tom Fleming and Andrew Erskine’s paper for Arts Council England on ‘Supporting growth in the arts economy’ says “It is commonly acknowledged that the arts are the bedrock of the creative economy, making a considerable contribution to the nation’s prosperity and its international reputation.”  The major shift to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) as the key vehicle for economic development offers the arts sector new opportunities; here we can share existing best practice in this field, in order to develop confidence and clarity in the language and mechanisms necessary to demonstrate the importance of arts and culture to the creative economy, and their value to the wider aims of economic development.

A range of high profile national speakers will discuss current themes, including strategic commissioning and tailored cultural services for local communities. The seminar will also offer different models of best practice delivery through case studies, keynote presentations, breakout sessions and discussion forums. In this way it will scope the future landscape in which we will all operate. This programme is will be useful to officers and elected members involved in cultural service policy and practice and will offer a valuable opportunity to explore the wider cultural infrastructure and cross-cutting agendas.



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