The Culture Capital Exchange has launched “The Exchange”, a two-year pilot project bringing together Artists, Creative Small Businesses and Academic Researchers to explore and nurture research collaborations between the Arts and Creative Sectors and Universities.
Funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) The Exchange will build a national network through which artists, creatives and researchers can grow mutually beneficial relationships and break down barriers to collaboration.
Creatives will gain better intelligence about their work and academics will be able to strengthen their research practice with direct access to industry partners.
These collaborations will be nurtured by through a series of 30 grants, seed funding of £5,000 each, available for 30 collaborative research projects, to allow academics and creatives to work together on an idea or avenue of enquiry.
To kick-start The Exchange, The Culture Capital Exchange is holding a series of free introductory networking events across the country during January and February 2016.
The events are for Early Career Researchers (ECR), Artists, Micro Businesses and SMEs within the Creative and Cultural Industries, Research / Business Development Managers, and will be regionally split across the North, Midlands, South West and South East.
Event dates are online.
The first application deadline is 31st March 2016.
Read more on http://www.wearetheexchange.org/ website.