National Academics and Creatives Exchange

About The Exchange

​The Exchange (The National Academics and Creatives Exchange) is a 2 year pilot project bringing together Artists and Creative Small Businesses and Academic Researchers to explore research collaborations and to enrich the ecology between the Arts and Creative Sectors, and Universities.

​The Exchange is managed by ​The Culture Capital Exchange​ ​and supported by ​Arts Council England​ (ACE) and the ​Higher Education Funding Council for England​ (HEFCE).  The Exchange will work towards establishing a national network through which artists, creatives and researchers can develop mutually beneficial relationships and break down barriers to collaboration.

Seed funding of £5,000 each will be available for 30 collaborative research projects, to allow academics and creatives to work together on a mutually beneficial question or avenue of enquiry.

Why should I engage with The Exchange?

● Gain access to collaborative seed-funding opportunities via The Exchange Collaborative Research Awards programme
● Improved ability to articulate your creative or business case to potential partners and funders
● Develop valuable expertise of cross-disciplinary and collaborative working
● Become confident about how to secure additional opportunities and resources through partnerships with local and national academic institutions
● Better demonstrate the artistic benefit of research and development activities
● Commercial and creative visibility in a national network of professional partners including academics, creative SMEs and individual practitioners
● Develop case studies and influence the debate around creative industries policy within HEIs and national political contexts
● Access resources and guidance for the development of better and stronger relationships between HEIs and creative and cultural SMEs in the future via The Exchange website, publications and conferences

Information and Networking Events

The Exchange is launching with a series of regional information and networking events in the New Year. These events will provide further information regarding the project, and will comprise the first step of the process to access the Collaborative Research Seed Fund. Places at these events are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

To see further information on The Exchange, and to reserve your place at a networking event visit ​

The Exchange Partners

​The pilot partners are: Birmingham City University; Canterbury Christ Church University; De Montfort University; Falmouth University; Fossbox; Independent Theatre Council; Lancaster University; Liverpool; John Moores University; Loughborough University; Manchester Metropolitan University; Museums Association; Palgrave Macmillan; People Dancing; Plymouth University; Sound and Music; Surrey University; University of East Anglia; University of Exeter; University of Kent; University of Leeds; University of Northumbria; University of Oxford.