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Issue 26, 09 March 2023
Dear Reader,

A warm welcome to our March bulletin.

Enormous thanks to all our contributors and participants in our rich and inspiring annual showcase event, The Power of Collaborative Action: Leading the Future of Cultural Knowledge Exchange, held yesterday on International Women’s Day. We are delighted to announce that the event is now ready to tune into on our SoundCloud Channel. Thanks too to everyone who took part in our recent Evidence Café 8: Reflections on REF 2021. Likewise do tune in to hear more if you missed it.

Upcoming Events

We are delighted to announce that our forthcoming: Evidence Café 9: NCACE Collection Launch will take place on 30th March and presents an opportunity to explore our new NCACE Collection of essays, case studies and toolkits. Contributors include: Dr Cara Courage (Consultant, change agent and academic), Bronac Ferran (Writer, curator and researcher) and Rosy Greenlees OBE (Former Executive Director, Crafts Council, Trustee Creative & Cultural Skills and British Ceramics Biennale and NCACE Sounding Board member).

Our third annual policy workshop on the theme of Collaborations in Creative Health will take place on 22nd June 2023. Contributors include: Jennifer Crook (Dreamachine/Collective Act), Kiz Manley (AHRC Health Inequalities Programme Coordinator), Richard Ings (Arts Council England), Professor Anthony Caleshu and Professor James Daybell (University of Plymouth), Dr Nicky Abraham and Rachel Hudspith (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) and Victoria Hume (Culture Health & Wellbeing Alliance).

Call for contributors: If you are involved in research or in creative collaborations in this area, and would be interested in submitting a brief proposal to present at the event, we would like to hear from you. We are also planning to produce a number of case studies around this theme. Do get in touch with if you would like to contribute.

NCACE Repository, Publications and blogs

NCACE Evidence Repository is a unique and ever growing online resource of materials relating to knowledge exchange and collaborations between academia and the arts and cultural sectors. The repository is quickly evolving and now contains around 250 articles on topics including Placemaking, Climate Emergency, Health and Wellbeing. Are you engaged in collaborative research, knowledge exchange, and/or public engagement with the arts and culture sector on any of these topics? Maybe you’re running Impact Accelerator Accounts within your university and are supporting new partnerships and collaborations? If so, we’d love to hear from you. If you’re an artist or work in the arts and are developing collaborations with researchers on any of these topics, likewise, we’d love to hear from you too. We’d love to help you to share and profile your work. Email or to discuss further.


This month's blog come from NCACE Co-Director, Suzie Leighton and Rosy Greenless OBE on the theme of The Challenges of Research Collaboration.

NCACE Publications and Reports

We have recently published our second Annual Report, detailing our key activities during the second year of NCACE (October 2021 - September 2022).

Our latest publications include: Exploring value in KE collaborations between higher
education and theatres
 by TORCH and the Independent Theatre Council, and Greater than the Sum of Parts by Dr Cara Courage. All NCACE publications can be found in our Evidence Repository.

NCACE on SoundCloud

You can listen to recordings of most NCACE events over on our SoundCloud Channel. You will find a wealth of fascinating discussions, debates, workshops and in-conversations across a rich panoply of themes relating to Cultural Knowledge Exchange in its broadest sense.

NCACE is a four year initiative funded by Research England and led by TCCE. Our regional hub partners are: Bath Spa University, Birmingham City University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Northumbria University.

We thank you for your readership and look forward to being in touch soon.

Evelyn Wilson (Co-Director, NCACE) and Noshin Sultan (Project and Partnerships Manager, NCACE)

NCACE Collection Launch: Essays, case studies, and toolkits on creating collaborative ecologies between higher education and the arts.
Thursday 30 March, 14:00 - online

Our March 2023 Evidence café will act as a launch event to highlight, reflect on and celebrate the new NCACE Collection, bringing together some of our authors and contributors in a series of discussions about creative collaborations, cultural knowledge exchange and their wider impacts and ecologies. The collection consists of a series of essays, case-studies and toolkits as well as recent NCACE reports and commissioned blogs and we are envisaging it as a set of living resources that can grow into the future in order to inspire and encourage fresh thinking, new writing and resources and engaged readership on collaborative ecologies between higher education and the arts and cultural sector.

Our contributors will include:

  • Dr Cara Courage, Consultant, change agent and academic
  • Bronac Ferran, Writer, curator and researcher
  • Rosy Greenlees OBE Former Executive Director, Crafts Council, Trustee Creative & Cultural Skills and British Ceramics Biennale and NCACE Sounding Board member.

The Evidence Café will be co-hosted by Evelyn Wilson (Co-Director, NCACE) and Dr Laura Kemp (Senior Manager, NCACE). Alongside presentations there will be opportunity for group discussion as well as opportunities for further involvement in NCACE Evidence Repository Development through our emerging Guest Writers and Curators Programme.

Collaborations in Creative Health: Shining a light on the contribution of Higher Education and the creative sector to health and wellbeing in the UK 
Thursday 22 June, 10:00 - online

Health and Wellbeing is a key theme under-pinning our work and we are creating spaces for conversations around cultural collaborations on health inequalities, community wellbeing, mental health, social prescribing and related themes and concerns. 

This event is aimed at those with an active interest in health and wellbeing and the role that cultural knowledge exchange collaborations are currently playing or indeed have the potential to play in addressing the challenges associated with this major national issue. We warmly invite attendees from across the higher education, arts and cultural, local and regional government, policymakers, funders and other public and private sector bodies working in this field to join us for a morning of key notes, case studies, panel discussions and workshops.

Call for contributors: We also welcome proposals for contributions and/or case studies around these themes. If you are involved in the development or curation of cultural or creative collaborative projects on the topic of health and wellbeing, we would like to hear from you. Email: in the first instance.

Highlights from the Evidence Repository
With over 200 free resources related to knowledge exchange and collaborations between academia and the arts and cultural sectors, there is something for a range of different readers.

Creative Improvement Districts

In this new report Culture Commons explore the exciting and potentially transformative model of culture-led regeneration being rolled-out by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority – Creative Improvement Districts – that are designed to support creative businesses, cultural organisations and their associated workforces in struggling town and city urban areas. This report can be found in the Evidence Repository under Policy Reports in ‘Placemaking and Levelling Out’.

Visit the Evidence Repository to access other available resources.
This month's blog, The challenges of research collaboration is by NCACE Co-Director Suzie Leighton and NCACE Sounding Board member Rosy Greenlees, former Executive Director at Crafts Council.

The challenges of research collaboration
Rosy Greenlees and Suzie Leighton have been reflecting on the challenges of knowledge exchange between the arts and higher education sectors. In this blog they explore the mutual benefits of co-curated collaborations and what support leaders in the field require. In these fraught and stressful times arts organisations are being pulled in many different directions. Demands to show the benefits of what we do only increase with ever diminishing funds. The opportunity to step back and reflect or to undertake research not aligned to a specific short-term project is limited. Yet when so many are reappraising their programmes, and asking how they add value to society, robust research that can inform future strategy is crucial.

We are keen to hear about your collaborative projects or related works and invite you to contribute to our blog. You can read our current blog posts on our website and can access the NCACE Blog Guidelines here. For further information contact Noshin Sultan on
You may also be interested in:

Profile, Prospects, Positioning, Product Development, Promotion: The 5 x Ps to unlocking your KTP market - Tuesday 21 March

As part of the Innovate UK KTP Capacity Building project, the Innovation Funding Team, together with the University of Plymouth Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business has developed a bespoke marketing strategy to grow KTP activity within the South West Creative Economy, with the support of Michael Lavery of Brand & Reputation. The session will explore a strategic approach to true market engagement, and provide ideas to refresh your own KTP marketing plan and approach. 

Research Fellow in Cultural Ecologies Job Opportunity
The Centre for Cultural Ecologies in the School of Arts and Humanities at University of Huddersfield is looking to appoint a Research Fellow to work in collaboration with the Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange. You will help to generate new arts and humanities approaches to cultural development through place-based making, external partnership working, knowledge exchange and creative co-production with businesses, arts and cultural organisations, communities and community partners. Deadline to apply: 22 March 2023 

Research Assistant in Cultural Ecologies Job Opportunity
The Centre for Cultural Ecologies in in the School of Arts and Humanities at University of Huddersfield is looking to appoint a part-time Research Assistant to work in collaboration with the Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange. You will support the development of arts and humanities approaches to cultural production through place-based making, external partnership working, knowledge exchange and creative co-production with businesses, arts and cultural organisations, communities and community partners. Deadline to apply: 22 March 2023
Given the nature of our work, NCACE is likely to be of interest and relevance to those within Higher Education (HE) research and knowledge exchange, as well as those working in the arts and cultural sector. We are also very happy to hear from other interested individuals and organisations who may be interested in our work. There is more information on how to get involved on our website

In the meantime you can follow us on Twitter @CultureImpacts and LinkedIn 
for the latest NCACE news and announcements. You can also listen to recordings of past NCACE events via our SoundCloud channel. For general enquiries, get in touch with Noshin Sultan

Image: © Bill Leslie, Leap then Look: An NCACE micro-commission 2020.

The National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange is led by TCCE and funded by Research England
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