Power relationships, understanding the economic and socio-cultural value of creative human capital, and engaging with local communities are the basis for successful creative partnerships according to a new report published by academics at King’s College London. Beyond the creative campus: reflections on the evolving relationship between higher education and the creative economy is the result of two year’s research, charting the under-explored territory of the relation between universities and the creative economy, bringing together views and experiences form academics, creative and cultural practitioners and policy makers.
Dr Roberta Comunian, Culture, Media & Creative Industries lecturer at Kings, highlighted that while the report is not an academic or policy document it acts ‘as a ‘critical friend’’ for policy organizations, academics, creative practitioners and cultural organizations to help them navigate the issues and challenges of working beyond the campus as well making the most of the opportunities that this offers. Dr Comunian worked with Dr Abigail Gilmore from the University of Manchester to examine outcomes of seminars and international visits as well as the results from the Higher Education & the Creative Economy conference which took place at King’s last June.
Dr Comunian considers the report as a helpful guide for academics and practitioners in the arts to familiarize themselves with terminology and dynamics specific to the arts sector. The authors of the report also worked with independent designer Adria Davidson to ensure the report itself is used as a creative bridge between higher education and the creative economy. Some areas of focus include:
- the relationship between universities, cultural regeneration and communities
- the key role played by “creative human capital” such as graduates and staff who are often responsible for creating networks beyond the campus
- the idea of ‘third spaces’, hybrid physical and virtual platforms that allows the two sides to meet and interact
- the relationship between universities and the arts.
The report emphasizes the importance of pushing the agenda forward and making sure the creative economy remains viable and sustainable for all involved. The report has received the praises of academic and cultural leaders. Deborah Bull, Director, Culture, at King’s College London highlights how it “strikes a welcome balance between critical reflection and practical guide, and will encourage a deeper understanding of why – and how – the cultural and higher education sectors interact, and the different types of value these collaborations can deliver.”
For more information about the project visit www.creative-campus.org.uk.