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ACE/AD:uk National Seminar on the Creative Economy

20th June 2012                        
The Camden Centre, Euston Road, London WC1H 9AU
Following the success of our seminar programme last year, the next AD:uk National Seminar will be taking place in London at the Camden Centre on 20th June.  Themed on the Creative Economy, we will be focussing on the economic impact that the arts make in supporting growth and regeneration. Speakers will include Tom Fleming, the co-author of the ACE’s recent publication on Supporting Growth in the Arts Economy and we are also hoping for a ministerial presentation. 

 With the major shift to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) as the key vehicle for economic development there is a clear need for our sector to share existing best practice in this field and develop confidence and clarity with the tools and the language needed to demonstrate the importance of the arts and cultural sector to the creative economy and the wider aims of economic development. 

In particular we are keen to explore and promote work around:

  • The role of arts and culture as economic anchors, both as cultural regeneration and as a driver within growth areas
  • Understanding how the wider business sector values the role of arts and culture
  • Mechanisms for measuring and capturing the economic value of the arts and culture

 These three themes are designed to work together, providing practical examples and case studies, the capacity to understand and communicate directly with the business sector about the economic importance of the arts and culture sector, and the tools to provide evidence of impact and value. Case studies could include:

  • Creative LEPs
  • Support for digital and creative media
  • Creative & Future Cities initiatives
  • Creative Industries development
  • Economic regeneration (i.e. using perhaps seaside towns as examples)
  • Developing the visitor economy and the future of UK tourism for the creative sector

We are seeking case studies from our members to support the seminar’s programme and would welcome suggestions for speakers and breakout presenters. If you have any areas of good practice that you would like to contribute to the programme, especially considering LEPs, creative and economic partnerships, creative industries development, or the development of creative hubs, please contact Pete Bryan, AD:uk Administrator at 01269 824728 or email your suggestions to  Remember that contributing to the event also earns you credits towards our Professional Fellowship Programme. 

Please pencil the date in your diaries now!