Chris Gibbon, a senior consultant at BOP, will be speaking at the Arts Council of Wales’ annual conference tomorrow (3 Oct) in Cardiff. Chris’ subject is Creative Economies, and in particular the ways in which arts organisations can measure their economic impact.
02 October 2013
23 September 2013
The Technology Strategy Board (“the UK’s innovation agency”) is becoming an increasingly important player in the creative industries public policy landscape. The inter-relationship between content and technology will define the future fortunes of the sector, and the TSB has allocated around £30m over the next four years to try and encourage innovation in this area.
It has also just published its new Creative Industries Strategy (2013-16), setting out the principles that will guide its choices. (BOP was commissioned to help support the process of developing the strategy, through workshops and consultations with sector representatives and additional research.) The Strategy identifies three key themes for the sector – convergence, transaction and data – as well as a series of four cross-cutting themes that the creative industries share with other sectors of the economy: knowledge-sharing, cross-sector innovation, design and sustainability. By focusing on these areas, the TSB hopes to help the sector in Britain maintain its competitive edge.
The TSB’s Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network has released a video in support of the strategy in which a number of prominent creatives, including the actor Andy Serkis, discuss the role of technology in their work.
16 September 2013
World Cities Culture Forum, the alliance of global cities that has grown out of BOP’s World Cities Culture Report, held a Design and Creativity Symposium in Shanghai earlier this month. The event attracted an illustrious line-up of speakers, including Sir John Sorrell, founder of the London Design Festival; Wu Jianmin, China’s former ambassador to France; Deniz Ova, director of the Istanbul Design Biennale; and Thomas Vecchione, Principal, Gensler New York (a global design and architecture consultancy), as well as BOP’s Paul Owens, director of the World Cities Culture Forum.
09 September 2013
06 September 2013
Arts Development UK, in conjunction with the Arts Council of Wales, has just released its latest annual survey of local authority arts investment. The picture was generally gloomy, with downward trends reported in most areas. Among the findings:
04 September 2013
We have received a very large number of applications for these posts and we need more time to assess them than we had anticipated.
As a result, we now aim to contact shortlisted applicants by the end of next week (i.e. by Friday 13th Sept). We hope to hold the interviews in the week commencing 16th September.
Thank you for your patience.
02 September 2013
In a city which for many is synonymous with the media and entertainment industries, Los Angeles’ creative economy does not get the institutional support you might expect. One reason for this is the many county and municipal governments that exist in the greater Los Angeles region. The resulting lack of strategic co-ordination hampers what is one of LA’s key economic sectors.
22 August 2013
The debate about using the tools of economics to value culture rumbles on. The latest contribution comes from New Zealand. Their Ministry of Culture and Heritage has just published Value and culture: An economic framework.
21 August 2013
A new research report fron the Scottish government suggests that attending or participating in cultural events and/or participating in sport are associated with better health and improved life satisfaction. This is true even when you control for other factors, such as age and employment status. The relationship seems to hold for cultural participation too:
16 August 2013
In Bristol this summer 80 large sculptures of Aardman Animation’s famous Gromit character have appeared across the city. Each Gromit has been individually painted by a mix of local artists and well-known names such as Peter Blake, Paul Smith, Cath Kidston and Quentin Blake.