‘Creative industries’ revisited: contestable narratives, industrial strategy and the research agenda
It has been 21 years since the DCMS, under the leadership of the then Secretary of State Chris Smith, introduced the first creative industries ‘mapping document’. Not only has this proved to be a brilliant exercise in political marketing, transforming the political perception of the creative industries in the wider economy, it has also become a significant export in its own right with scores of countries around the world adopting variations of this basic classification methodology. Many countries regard the UK as world leading in this field of policy-making.
The DCMS’s mapping documents, subsequently revised in 2007, have also proved controversial however, especially but not only within the academy. The controversy is about culture, technology, ideology, measurement and boundaries. It is now also about industrial strategy. This was highlighted in March 2018 when for the first time the creative industries were formally acknowledged as a priority sector and accorded a dedicated ‘sector deal’ by the government, with some £100m of public funding attached.
The biggest element in the ‘sector deal’ which is especially relevant to universities, is the Creative Industries Cluster Programme (CICP). This finding supports nine ‘creative R&D’ clusters, university-led but operating in partnership with the private sector, alongside the PEC.
This event will provide an opportunity to review the current state of the creative industries, the narratives and policies associated with them, the significance of the new ‘sector deal’ and to learn more about the PEC.
Dr Martin Smith, ICCE Visiting Fellow will open this event, both Martin and Hasan Bakhshi (Director of the PEC and Executive Director, Creative Economy and Data Analytics at Nesta) will discuss the issues raised.
ICCE is co-hosting this with the AHRC-funded Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC), https://pec.ac.uk/ .
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