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NCACE MONTHLY BULLETIN
Issue 22, 9 November 2022
Dear Reader,

A warm welcome to our November bulletin. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to and participated in our inaugural Festival of Cultural Knowledge Exchange which took place in mid-October. We conceived and curated the festival to act as a space for fresh considerations and perspectives on cultural knowledge exchange between Higher Education and the Arts and Cultural Sector and were delighted that each event was so well attended and received. Within this bulletin, we’re providing a snapshot of each event along with a link to the event recording so, if you couldn’t join us in October, you can tune in now.

Huge thanks also to all our contributors and attendees at last week’s Evidence Café 7: Cultural Collaborations for Health and Wellbeing. The event will be followed up by our Annual Policy workshop which will be taking place on 22nd June 2023 and will focus on Collaborations in Arts and Health, so do save the date. We will be making further announcements in the new year. 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 laura@tcce.co.uk if you would like to contribute.

Do also save the date for our next Knowledge Impacts Network (KIN) event which will be taking place on 25 January 2023.

NCACE Repository, Publications and blogs

NCACE Evidence Repository is a unique and growing online resource of materials relating to knowledge exchange and collaborations between academia and the arts and cultural sectors. The repository is a space which enables any individual or institution writing about, or engaged in the development of, cultural knowledge exchange activities, including public engagement, to share their work and resources. We would love to hear from you if you would like to share any relevant papers, reports, case studies, publications or other relevant materials. Email: laura@tcce.co.uk in the first instance.

NCACE Publications and Reports

We are delighted to announce our latest publication, Greater than the Sum of Parts: Realising universities in Cultural Compacts by Dr Cara Courage. All NCACE’s previous publications can be found in our Evidence Repository.

NCACE Blogs

We are pleased to share a number of new blogs this month from Dr Gemma Williams, University of Brighton, on loneliness and communication, Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, King’s College London on access to ancient cultures through partnership working and Professor David Amigoni, University of Keele and myself on our recent work together on Cultural Compacts.

Recordings of most NCACE events can be listened to over on our SoundCloud Channel. So please do tune in. We have 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 seeing you at upcoming events.

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

NCACE Festival of Cultural Knowledge Exchange 10 – 14 October 2022
We are pleased to announce that recordings of our festival events are now available on our SoundCloud channel, links to recordings of individual sessions are listed below.

Artists in the academy 
You can now listen to this event via our SoundCloud channel
This in conversation explored some of the ways in which artists are working within academic environments. Event Speakers: Ruth Jarman and Anne-Marie Culhane 


Tools for Leading Cross-Sector Collaborations
You can now listen to this event via our SoundCloud channel

In this interactive session, Good Employment Learning Lab shared their approach to peer flash learning in detail, giving low-cost, high-impact tools to support your work. Event Speaker & Facilitator: Sarah Acton

Exploring the value of collaborating with theatres
You can now listen to this event via our SoundCloud channel
This session highlighted the ways in which theatres and performance-makers exchange knowledge with Higher Education Institutions. Event Speakers: Charlotte Jones and Ruth Moore

Cultural Compacts, collaboration, knowledge exchange: the role of Higher Education in fostering place-based cultural and artistic ecologies
You can now listen to this event via our SoundCloud channel
The focus of this event was to explore in greater detail the role of universities in the wider collaborative ecologies that the Compacts have helped bring about. Event Speakers: Professor David AmigoniRebecca Ball, Paul Bristow, Cara CourageRebecca di Corpo and Professor Katy Shaw


Ideas Lab: Defining & Refining Non-Financial Impact in Cultural Partnership
You can now listen to this event via our SoundCloud channel

Responding to a call for reflection and sharing of current practice out of a recent Universities UK seminar on non-financial impact, this session, invited participants to share examples of non-financial impact drawn from their projects and activities. Event Speakers: Dr Alexandra Reynolds and Dr Amy Corcoran

Knowledge Sharing through Documentary Co-Creation: 'My Name is...' screening and Q&A 
You can now listen to this event via our SoundCloud channel

My Name Is, is an international multi-award-winning documentary into the experiences of individuals with non-western first names. In this session, participants were given the opportunity to see this documentary that supports decolonial activities and practices. Event Speakers: Dr Javeria Shah and Pauline Rutter

What is civic impact anyway? 
You can now listen to this event via our SoundCloud channel

In this session, the Sheffield Hallam team reflected on the need to define civic impact as key to embedding civic aspirations at an institutional level. Event Speakers: Dr Debbie Squire, Professor Ed Ferrari and Adam Leach

Nurturing Collaborations: Understanding a City’s Creative & Culture Ecology
You can now listen to this event via our SoundCloud channel

How does understanding your role in the cultural and creative ecology of a place enable you to build meaningful creative collaborations? This session demonstrated how using a creative approach has ensured meaningful experiences for different audiences and long-term collaborations with artists and educators across a range of projects. Event Speakers: Dr Penny HayDave WebbAndrew Amondson and Nathan Baranowski

Patients as Artists: Innovating Dementia Care 
You can now listen to this event via our SoundCloud channel

What happens when you put reciprocity and joy at the centre of digital creative experiences to make them meaningful and enhance wellbeing? This workshop gave participants the chance to hear how responding to the unexpected challenges of the coronavirus pandemic provided opportunities for the 'Innovating Knowledge Exchange' applied theatre projects to support patients living with dementia. Event Speakers: Dr Nicola Abraham and Rachel Hudspith

Changing Culture: Knowledge Exchange, Policy and Practice
You can now listen to this event via our SoundCloud channel
In this talk, participants were given an overview of the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity key work, focusing on how their collaborations with the broadcasting sector are aiming to change the face of British Television. Event Speaker: Professor Diane Kemp


Social and Cultural Knowledge Exchange in the HE-BCI Review 
You can now listen to this event via our SoundCloud channel
This interactive session was on improving the robustness of data to measure social and cultural impacts in the Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) review. 
Event Speakers: Hannah Browne, Dr Federica RossiPaul Manners and Jonathan Bradley

Decolonising Shakespeare
You can now listen to this event via our SoundCloud channel

At a time when heritage organisations and universities are struggling to balance British cultural identity with socially responsible attitudes to representing the past, this session discussed can partnerships help bridge the gap between research and public exhibitions? Event Speakers: Helen Hopkins, Subhadra Das, Paul Taylor, Professor Charlotte Scott and Dr Paul Edmondson

“Why Does Place Matter? Foregrounding Felt Experiences”
You can now listen to this event via our SoundCloud channel
This session considered the felt experiences of place, defined simply as the way we feel in and about place, and the felt relationships we have to and within place. Speakers: Professor Rebecca MadginDr Elizabeth RobsonZoe ProsserDr Katerina AlexiouVera HaleDr Elizabeth Craig-Atkins and Dr Marisa De Andrade

How can the KE Concordat Support Excellent Cultural Knowledge Exchange? 
You can now listen to this event via our SoundCloud channel

In this panel discussion the speakers explored key themes emerging from the first KE Concordat exercise with particular focus on relevance to cultural knowledge exchange and small specialist arts and cultural providers. Event Speakers: Greg Wade, Deborah Keogh, Dr Tom Cornford, Amanda Baxendale, Professor Caroline Wilkinson and Dr Gary Bratchford

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.

From surviving to thriving:
Building a model for sustainable practice in creativity and mental health

Victoria Hume, Minoti Parikh, Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance (2022)

This month we’d like to highlight a recent publication by NCACE Sounding Board Member Victoria Hume, Director of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance. This publication can be found in the Health and Wellbeing section of the repository under Research Reports. Visit the
Evidence Repository to access other available resources.
This month's blogs are by Dr Gemma Williams, Research Fellow in the Centre for Resilience and Social Justice at University of Brighton; Coming together creatively to talk about loneliness and communication, Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London; Widening access to ancient cultures in museums and schools through partnership working and Evelyn Wilson, Co-Director at NCACE and TCCE and Professor David Amigoni, Professor of Victorian Literature and Director, Institute for Social Inclusion at Keele University; Cultural Compacts, collaboration, knowledge exchange: the role of Higher Education in fostering place-based cultural and artistic ecologies.

Coming together creatively to talk about loneliness and communication
University of Brighton researcher Dr Gemma Williams has teamed up with autistic and learning-disabled artists to produce a series of eye-opening animated videos. The artists behind the four short films have been supported to learn animation skills over the past year as part of a novel university-community partnership. Illustrating experiences of life for autistic people in a world that often fails to understand their perspective, the project also recorded personal reflections by the individual artists on the themes of loneliness and autistic communication.

Widening access to ancient cultures in museums and schools through partnership working
The Advocating Classics Education project seeks to improve access to the study of Classical Civilisation and Ancient History by working in partnership with Liverpool World Museum and OCR examination board, and alongside the Cambridge Museum of Classical Archaeology as a collaborator, to provide subject knowledge enhancement training for teachers, curriculum-linked support materials, gallery trails and workshops for teachers and students which deepen the impact of studying the ancient world and engage new audiences. 

Cultural Compacts, collaboration, knowledge exchange: the role of Higher Education in fostering place-based cultural and artistic ecologies
I first came across the notion of Cultural Compacts through a short presentation given by Paul Bristow (Arts Council England), during a Creative Industries Council Regionals and Clusters Meeting a few years back. Twenty Cultural Compacts were first supported by Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport back in 2018. They were designed to support local cultural sectors, with an emphasis on cross-sector engagement beyond the cultural sector itself and the local authority.

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 noshin@tcce.co.uk
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 noshin@tcce.co.uk.


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