Creativity is a key source of growth and productivity for the UK economy. Join us for a day of insightful discussions and virtual networking with key stakeholders from the creative and cultural industries, Higher Education and Arts Council England as we explore the opportunities and challenges of working across traditional boundaries.

Our speakers will reflect on a broad range of contemporary issues; from what it takes to be an effective cultural leader in a rapidly changing world, to the importance of valuing creativity within traditional organisations.

It is a day set to be full of creative collisions, innovation, entrepreneurship and most importantly inspiration!

If you are a creative freelancer, entrepreneur or simply looking for some insights into the latest thinking in the Creative Economy, then join us for this free online event hosted by The Bridge as part of the iMayflower project.


The online creative collisions day comprises ten 30 minute discussions facilitated by Jo Loosemoore, Curator and Content Producer (Mayflower 400 and BBC).

09:30 – 09:40 Welcome and housekeeping
09:40 – 10:00 Introduction to Spillover with Professor Chris Bennewith, Head of School (ADA), University of Plymouth
10:00 – 10:30 Practicing cultural ecology with Jon Dovey, UWE
10:30 – 11:00 What it takes to be an effective cultural leader in a rapidly changing world with Matt Griffiths, CEO, National Foundation for Youth Music
11:00 – 11:20 Break
11:20 – 11:50 Making the invisible visible with Adam Cooper, Executive Director, Invisible Dust
11:50 – 12:20 Creative entrepreneurship – why, how and what with Dr Sawsan Khuri, Founding Director, Collaborative Capacities
12:20 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 13:30 Valuing creativity with Ross Middleham, Creative Lead, Met Office
13:30 – 14:00 Art and business: collaborating with creativity with Donna Howard, Director, KARST
14:00 – 14:20 Break
14:20 – 14:50 Creative industries, creative economy with Phil Gibby, ACE SW
14:50 – 15:30 Can a strategy drive radical change? with Hannah Harris, CEO, Plymouth Culture
15:30 – 15:50 Closing plenary
15:50 – 16:00 Thanks, wrap-up and introduction to Professor Iain Stewart
16:00 – 16:30 Are universities fit for `purpose`? Re-purposing academic science communication for sustainable human progress with Professor Iain Stewart, Director, Sustainable Earth Institute, University of Plymouth
16:30 – 17:00 Brief networking and signposting to inspirational resources
17:00 Event close

This event is part of the iMayflower project and has been supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who fund the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England.

Hosted by The Bridge which drives Knowledge Exchange initiatives for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business.