The Programme

The Programme

Creative Communities is a major research programme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and hosted by Northumbria University, exploring how culture can address regional inequality and help level up the UK.

The AHRC Creative Communities programme develops the potential for arts and humanities in fostering and enabling creative communities. Its mission is to capture the inspiring explosion of collaboration and connectivity that can unlock the full potential of our great arts and culture. This will create a stronger, fairer economy and society across the regions and nations of the UK.

The Creative Communities programme will profile case studies of how communities are co-creating opportunities for industry, academics and creatives, while working alongside creative industries organisations and leaders as solution finders to future challenges facing the sector. We are asking how these partnerships generate evidence-based approaches to ‘value’ and return and how they can help drive growth in key sectors. This includes the role of creative industries and creative economy in attracting businesses and investment to the regions and nations.

In a post-pandemic world culture is key to holistic community recovery. By bringing people closer to opportunity, to gain skills, retrain, and retain talent in the regions and nations of the UK, culture is uniquely placed to generate spill-over benefits. The challenge is to preserve what we have and create new culture, as well as ensuring that culture is by all, and for all, going forwards.

Creative Communities is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK (Grant Agreement No AH/X001555/1) and hosted at Northumbria University, Newcastle.


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