Director of Creative Communities participates in NCACE online festival

Prof Katy Shaw joins an event during The National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange (NCACE) Festival of Cultural Knowledge Exchange in October 2022.

Prof Katy Shaw has spoken about ‘Cultural Compacts, collaboration, knowledge exchange’, exploring the role of Higher Education in fostering place-based cultural and artistic ecologies with a panel of experts at the first ever NCACE Festival of Cultural Knowledge Exchange.

NCACE supports and facilitates Knowledge Exchange events and initiatives between Higher Education and the creative and cultural sectors. Led by The Culture Capital Exchange and funded by Research England, they work across the UK to better enable and evaluate cultural partnership working and support inclusivity, diversity and difference.

In 2019, the Arts Council and DCMS supported the creation of 20 Cultural Compacts across England. These partnerships, informed by the Cultural Cities Enquiry, were designed to support local cultural sectors and to enhance their contribution to development, with a special emphasis on cross-sector engagement beyond the cultural sector itself and the local authority. Among many other issues, the panel considered HE involvement in the compacts agenda, how the presence of universities and research might help generate collaborative potential for new cultural partnerships, and whether compacts and universities can work together to deliver on Levelling Up.

A recording of the panel discussion is available via the NCACE SoundCloud, along with other panels and sessions from across the conference.

NCACE · Cultural Compacts, collaboration, knowledge exchange – 11 October 2022

Talking about our links with NCACE, Katy said:

‘Northumbria University is one of the founding members of NCACE so I am especially delighted to be speaking at this year’s festival.

Since 2019, compacts have undergone a period of radical transformation and proliferation in response to the rapid changing contexts and challenges of the contemporary world.  Our panel will consider their past, present and future, and profile the diversity of the compacts landscape as a strength for future success.’

Northumbria University was named as one of four regional NCACE hubs due to its experience in bringing together artists, practitioners, students and academics to generate new ways of thinking and creative practice.

You can find more about the programme across our website, but can start with the aabout the programme section.


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