The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) launched the Creative Industries Clusters Programme in 2018. The £120 million investment continues to drive innovation and growth across the UK’s creative industries, to encourage a new type of applied research.
The programme is being funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and delivered by the AHRC on behalf of UKRI.
From screen industries and digital storytelling to fashion and video games, some of the UK’s best performing and world-renowned creative businesses are receiving a major boost thanks to the Creative Industries Clusters Programme.
The programme comprises nine research and development partnerships based around clusters, and an independent Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre led by Nesta with partners:
- Bristol and Bath Creative Research and Development
- Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology (Stratford, Thames Gateway, Lea Valley)
- Clwstwr (Wales)
- Creative Informatics (Edinburgh)
- Future Fashion Factory (Leeds and nationwide)
- Future Screens Northern Ireland
- InGAME (Dundee)
- StoryFutures (London and Home Counties)
- XR Stories (York and Humber).
The programme brings together world-class research talent from across the UK in a first-of-its kind research and development investment. The funded projects will accelerate growth in a range of creative sectors including:
- broadcast and screen industries
- fashion textiles and technology
- fashion design innovation
- data and design
- animation and video games
- digital storytelling
- creative audio visual.