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Welcome to the latest Creative Economy Digest, with news from the Creative Industries Clusters and Audience of the Future challenge programmes, funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), plus the lastest creative industry news.

BEYOND (18 - 20 Oct): Join award-winning actor Michael Sheen and many more speakers in Cardiff next month - check out the schedule and book tickets.

Read on for all of this and more...

➤ £40k Arts Council NI funding for individual artists **closes 12pm, 30 Sept**
➤ NI Screen short film opp for resident writer/directors **apply by 30 Sept**
➤ Discover GALWAD *this week* on Sky Arts & online + @ BEYOND in Oct
➤ PEC research: Investment in Creative Industries key to economic growth
➤ StoryTrails announce residency at BFI IMAX: 23 Sept - 2 Oct 2022
➤ A History of Covent Garden: Free BFI screening in London, 9 Oct   
XR Stories BRiGHTBLACK XR Immersive Accelerator **closes 10 Oct**
Register to attend AHRC's £95.8m CoSTAR Briefing - Cardiff, 17 October 
Clwstwr release policy brief: Green Innovation for the Screen Sector
➤ BEYOND Conf (18-20 Oct) asks how we can use creativity in a crisis
➤ Success of 'Meet The Creators' at Venezia 79 with StoryFutures Academy
➤ Grassroots inclusion: how do trans* & non-binary artists rebuild community?
➤ PEC publish policy brief with three ways to support growth
➤ MagicBeans, Paramount & BBC showcase audio metaverse project 
➤ New Arts Council NI £25k funding programme **closes 31 Oct**
➤ AHRC webinar (23 Nov) to discuss New Strategic Delivery Plan - register
➤ New physics app for kids inspired by aeronautical pioneer Lilian Bland
➤ Immersive VR prototype at Glastonbury Festival with Lost Horizon
➤ Is growth the only option? New project from Bristol + Bath Creative R+D


£40k Arts Council NI Digital Evolution Awards
This award aims to provide artists in NI with skills in the use of digital technology to create digital art. Individuals can apply for grants of up to £10k. Closes 30 Sept.
 More information

£25k Arts Council NI Funding for Organisations 
New funding programme to enable the widest possible range of organisations to commission new work.  The maximum award is £25,000Apply by 31st October.
 More information

Arts Council NI’s Small Grants Programme
Access grants between £500-£10k for professional arts organisations and community groups to support projects in any art form. Closes 31 March 2023.
 More information

Future Foundation Mentee Opportunities
Applications open for Future Screens NI mentoring programme, to match experienced practitioners to artists / creative freelancers in need of help and support.
 More information

€144.5m Horizon Europe Funding 

This European research and innovation funding is for research into cultural heritage and the creative industries, with a budget of €95.5 billion it runs until 2027. Includes the Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON), open to UK businesses.  
 More information
AHRC CoSTAR Briefing in Cardiff, 17 October

CoSTAR is a total investment of £95.8 million - a research and innovation infrastructure to create new products, experiences and markets for the screen and performance industries. Hosted by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the CoSTAR briefing event in Cardiff (Monday 17 October, 2:00pm–4:30pm), provides an opportunity for potential bidders and consortia to learn more about the CoSTAR programme and find out full details of the application process including panel discussion, networking & refreshments. RSVP for the briefing and register interest to discover more. 

➤ Register to attend

GALWAD: A story from our future // Watch the trailer in English or Welsh. 
GALWAD: The Future is Calling - Live this week

An electrical storm breaks dramatically over Wales. The unthinkable happens - time cracks, the future makes contact. What does 2052 have to tell us and will we listen?  

GALWAD is a story that brings a possible future roaring into the present. It pushes the boundaries of how stories have been told, with characters and story-lines connecting across TV drama, live performance, social media and news. Inspired by the Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, GALWAD is co-commissioned with Creative Wales, with funding from the Welsh and UK Government. Live online and on TV (Sky Arts) from 26 Sept – 2 Oct, watch the story unfold in real-time. The makers of GALWAD will share how this multi-platform story was created at BEYOND.

Join Michael Sheen, Sophie Howe & lots more

The 5th annual BEYOND will be hosted by TV and Radio Broadcaster Jason Mohammad, to address questions around sustainably, designing solutions, storytelling, influence and impact as we look at how we can use creativity in a crisis. Join actor Michael SheenSophie Howe (Future Generations Commissioner for Wales), Steve Smith (BAFTA albert), futurist world-builder Alex McDowell and many more inspirational speakers.  

BEYOND 2022 | 18-20 October | Cardiff & Online

The BEYOND schedule offers a line-up of inspirational speakers, along with sessions and showcases from across the Creative Industries Clusters and Audience of the Future challenge programmes. Addressing the role of the Creative Industries in building a zero-carbon future, delegates can look forward to a schedule of talks, workshops, networking and lots more, including partner programming from UNBOXED and Immerse UK. Check out this handy view - delegates can join in-person in Cardiff (18-19 Oct) and an online (20 Oct).


£40,000 fund for individual artists in NI 

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland opened applications to a funding programme which aims to provide artists in Northern Ireland with skills in the use of digital technology to create digital art. Worth £40,000, the Individual Artists Digital Evolution Awards (from The National Lottery) offers individuals the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £10,000 and is open to artists across all art forms. **Applications close Friday 30 September at 12pm**

➤ More info & apply

Immersive Accelerator programme to explore XR

XR Stories has partnered with BRiGHTBLACK to run a new development programme, launched exclusively for women, marginalised genders and those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. This free eight-week course will explore how to make engaging and compelling extended-reality (XR) experiences. Applications close on Mon 10 October.

➤ More info & apply

Clwstwr release policy brief: Green Innovation for the Screen Sector

Environmental sustainability remains challenging for an energy- and travel-intensive sector like film and television and there is currently the need for a more holistic and integrated approach towards a greener screen sector. This brief authored by Dr Ruxandra Lupu, a Clwstwr Research Associate, addresses environmental sustainability in the Welsh screen sector through the specific lens of green innovation, exploring the opportunities and challenges surrounding it and how this approach can create an effective transition towards a net zero economy. 

➤ Read brief

Growth in the Creative Industries: Three ways

The PEC's Deputy Director of Policy Eliza Easton and Policy Manager Ben Kulka, have published a policy brief for the new PM and the incoming Secretary of State. The briefing paper looks at three key areas where the sector needs more support and investment. It also calls for expanded investment in the Creative Industries Clusters Programme, more help for creative businesses on the international stage, and more opportunities for creative organisations to innovate by reforming the UK’s research and development system.

➤ Read more

Immersive VR at Glastonbury with Lost Horizon  

Lost Horizon, from Bristol + Bath Creative R+D, has been running Shangri-La at Glastonbury Festival for years. This year they brought their prototype from the Amplified Publishing pathfinder to the festival. Find out how they adapted the 3D venue to create high impact in a festival setting as well as managed the physical limitations and production of the event. This article reflects on the impact of the immersive event on audience members, the successes and future factors of hybridity being key to engaging virtual audiences. 

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What happens to coastal towns after the tourists go home?

New research from the University of Exeter, published by the PEC, argues that investment in the Creative Industries is key to year-round, economic development in coastal and rural towns.The research reveals that creative industry firms in Devon and Cornwall want to invest in the skills and careers of local young people. However, they are restricted by lack of access to finance and access to national and local government support. The researchers highlight the importance of training businesses to apply for grants and training young people about opportunities in the sector.

➤ Read more

£25k Arts commissioning programme

Future Screens NI funding partner, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland opened applications to a new funding programme to enable the widest possible range of organisations to commission new work. Commissions may be applied for across all art form areas supported by the Arts Council. The finished work should be in a form capable of being presented, exhibited, published, performed and/or disseminated in its entirety at the point of completion in Northern Ireland, either live or online. The max award is £25,000 (apply by 31 Oct).

➤ More info & apply

Is growth the only option? 

Over the past year Dr. Liz Roberts has been working on a cross-cutting fellowship project for Bristol + Bath Creative R+D. It looks at alternative ways of doing business and the economy and what lessons can be learned to help make the South West creative sectors more fair, sustainable and values-led.

➤ Read more

Short film opportunity in NI **closes today**

Future Screens NI’s funding partners Northern Ireland Screen are offering New Shorts Focus. The fiction development scheme is specifically for under-represented new and emerging Northern Ireland resident writer and writer/director talent, in the film & TV sector. Eligible applicants must have at least one previous independently made or funded writer or writer/director credit at short film level. Applications are due by Friday 30th September. 

➤ More info & apply

Trans* inclusion from the grassroots

Trailblazer, Órla Bligh from Bristol + Bath Creative R+D discusses the evolution of the Creative Trans* meet-ups set up through the funding and hosted at the Watershed. Read the journey and key learnings from setting up an inclusive space and the challenges in the industry. 

➤ Read more

Physics app for kids developed by RETìníZE

Belfast-based AR studio RETìníZE recently completed a Future Screens NI R&D project resulting in an app inspired by the aeronautical pioneer, titled  Lilian Bland: Learning to Fly. The project’s aim was to create a mobile-based AR application that teaches children elements of physics and forces involved in flying an airplane. The AR experience was inspired by Lilian Bland’s aviation achievement as the first woman to design, build, and fly her own airplane. The app is available on Apple and Android.

➤ Find out more

Sat 15 Oct: Generous Food Futures event 

Join Bristol + Bath Creative R+D & Bricks Bristol at St Anne's House this October for Generous Food Futures, a free event on Saturday 15 October (1–6 pm) to explore food systems. Attendees can hear from local producers and creatively imagine how tech can be used to build generous neighbourhoods.

➤ More info & book


Free London screening, 9th October: The People’s Piazza, A History of Covent Garden

A free screening of The People’s Piazza, A History of Covent Garden, as part of the London Film Festival, will be held at Odeon Covent Garden on 9 October, prior to a broadcast on BBC in November. David Olusoga steps back in time to explore the tumultuous 400 year history of the Covent Garden Piazza. The film is a co-production between StoryFutures Academy, BBC and BFI, mixing rich visual and written archive with the latest virtual production techniques to deliver an incredible story.  

➤ Book to attend

StoryTrails announce residency @ BFI IMAX

StoryTrails, the UK’s largest immersive storytelling experience has been travelling across the UK this summer, from Omagh to Dundee and Swansea to Slough. Showcasing hundreds of local stories and hidden histories using exciting new interactive technologies, StoryTrails is part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK. A special StoryTrails Residency at BFI IMAX will take place from 23 September to 2 October.

➤ Find out more

Meet the British Creators panel at Venezia 79

Approximately 100 Venezia 79 (Venice Film Festival) accreditations and pass holders attended a Meet the British Creators panel last month. Supported by StoryFutures Academy, the panel and Q&A was hosted by Venice Immersive Programmers with British creators from projects including Kindred, Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom, The Light In The Shadow and Framerate: Pulse Of The Earth.

➤ Read more

MagicBeans, Paramount & BBC present 6DOF

A consortium including Paramount, BBC, Kings College London, Darkfield, White Light, D&B Audioteknik and MagicBeans showcased the results of their Spatial Audio Innovation project, to a packed hall at IBC 2022 in Amsterdam. The Innovation Accelerator metaverse project, led by MagicBeans, explored new ways in which spatial content will impact the worlds of broadcast and entertainment. The group developed a music experience that allowed audiences to free-roam around a live performance from MTV’s recent Isle of Malta concert, and a 6DOF emergent narrative developed by immersive theatre pioneers Darkfield.

➤ Read more


SXSW 2023 registration is now open!

Registration is now open for SXSW 2023. You can now buy your badge and take advantage of the lowest rates of the season, as well as the best deals on hotels through SXSW Housing & Travel. An essential destination for global professionals, the annual March event features Conference sessions, Film & TV Festival screenings, Music Festival showcases, world-class Exhibitions, competitions, Awards ceremonies, and much more.


AHRC Strategic Delivery Plan 2022-25

Join the Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC) in this webinar on 23 November, as they discuss their new Strategic Delivery Plan and what it means for people working in Independent Research Organisations, in the Creative Industries and in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. AHRC will introduce their plans for the next three years, and offer delegates the opportunity to share thoughts, ask questions and contribute to shaping AHRC's future activity. The webinar will be recorded and available to view.

➤ Register


BEYOND 2022 in Cardiff  
 18.10 - 20.10.2022
For its 5th year, BEYOND will be right in the heart of the Welsh capital for delegates to enjoy a range of additional spaces for showcasing, dinners and networking at the iconic Cardiff City Hall and National Museum Cardiff.

 Info + Tickets

StoryTrails Residency at BFI IMAX
 23.09.2022 - 02.10.2022
, the UK’s largest immersive storytelling experience, has annouced a residency at BFI IMAX.

 More info

Belfast XR Festival  
The Belfast XR Festival is part of the Belfast Film Festival and aims to create an unmissable annual gathering for XR that inspires storytelling.

 More info

UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK 
 March - October 2022
Celebrating creativity in the UK, this once-in-a-lifetime festival is taking place across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and online from March to October 2022.

 More info

SXSW 2023
 10 - 19 March 2023
The SXSW® Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the tech, film, and music industries. Located deep in the heart of Austin, Texas and online.

 More info
Delivered by UK Research and Innovation as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, the Audience of the Future and Creative Industries Clusters challenge programmes represent the UK government's two largest investments of over £95m into world-leading research and development capabilities in the creative industries, an investment that is now worth £205m.

Audience of the Future focuses on the development of new immersive technologies such as virtual, augmented and mixed reality including the world-leading Demonstrator Programme with collaborations including the Royal Shakespeare Company and Aardman.

Creative Industries Clusters brings together world-class research talent with companies and organisations from across the UK, leading to massive positive impacts and ecosystems around nine clusters across the four UK nations.


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