Cultivate: Creative Industries in the North East, is a three-part project, led by Look Again, which seeks to establish a detailed picture of the creative sector in the North East, including key support needs. The programme includes networking events, a survey and a business mentoring programme, and is supported by Robert Gordon University and Creative Scotland.
Creative Industries is the fastest growing sector of the UK economy, with job creation outpacing the UK average. With a workforce characterised by a high level of design, creative and technological skills, these jobs are at least risk of automation of any sector of the economy. The Creative Industries sector in the North East is varied and dynamic, but we don’t think it has a high enough profile within the region. Our aim is to identify what support would benefit the sector and develop a shared, multi-agency approach to delivering appropriate support in the future.
List of Creative Industry sub-sectors: Advertising, Architecture, Arts & Culture, Craft, Design, Fashion, Games, Music, Publishing, Tech, TV & Film.
Particular strengths in the North East were noted in design, with productivity levels outperforming the Scottish average. Despite these strengths, there is no overall coordinated programme of activities to support the creative industries sector in the North East, nor an understanding of what support would best assist businesses to grow.
There are a variety of ways to get involved with the research project, please see below for more information:
An evening of inspiring PechaKucha style chit-chat
Date: Thursday 31 May 2018
Time: 7.30 - 10pm
Venue: Belmont Filmhouse, 49 Belmont Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1JS
We are offering 10 free one-to-one mentoring sessions for creative businesses, with Kirsty Scott of Weave Consult. Whether your business is established and could go to the next level, or you have started up and are unsure about next steps, this is a great opportunity to pause for reflection and get some expert advice.
Please download the application pack to find out more information.
Please also take 5 minutes to complete this short survey, helping us build a clearer picture of the creative sector in the north east, and what it needs to survive and thrive. Results will be shared at a special event during Look Again Visual Art and Design Festival in June 2018.