Cultural Professionals Network

Here’s a useful new resource from the Guardian:

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Creative Employment in London – updated figures

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has published a short paper written by Alan Freeman updating the GLA’ s estimates of creative employment in London.

Recent changes to government surveys and the Standard Industrial Classifications and the consequent revisions to the DCMS’s definitions of the creative industries have made this a tricky  process. Freeman has produced two estimates, one following the DCMS’s definition, one following the GLA’s own. He finds that creative employment was just under 600,000 in 2009 on both measures, and grew to almost 660,000 in 2010 on the more up-to-date DCMS measure, despite the effects of the credit crunch and the recession. While it is probably a mistake to read too much into the data for individual sub-sectors, as the figures can be quite volatile, publishing, architecture (surprisingly) and computer software all saw growth.

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Risky Business – new report from Demos

Demos have just published Risky Business – a report which examines the way that risk operates in the creative industries sector.  The report challenges the perception that creative businesses are riskier than those in other sectors (49.7% of new businesses in the creative sector were found to be operating after 5-years compared to 46.9% of firms in the economy overall).  The report is critical of the way Government treats the sector, arguing that the definition of the creative industries is confusing and leaves out significant areas of lucrative activity.  It also points to the poor track record of the banks in supporting creative sector businesses.

The report’s lead author, Helen Burrows, presented some findings from the research in the ‘Creative Futures’  conference organised by UEL in June 2011.

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CBI Report – Skills Needed for the Creative Industries

CBI Report on skills for the creative industries – see the report here.

The brief identifies three broad areas in which work needs to be done to develop relevant skills:

  • Ensuring young people leave school with a strong grasp of the basics
  • Developing up-to-date knowledge and skills through university programmes
  • Supporting employers to develop the abilities of the current workforce
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Keira James at Stour Space – John Lewis Westfield

Keira James – UEL graduate – is one of five artists selected to exhibit in the Stour Space exhibition at the newly opened John Lewis store in Westfield.  The exhibition is open to the public for the next two weeks.   Artists chosen to display their work are Kerry Simmons, Keira James, Neil Mc Donald, Anke Superville and Gunther Yanke.

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Film London – funds now open

Two funding programmes from Film London are now open for proposals.

Cultural Film Exhibition Fund
Deadline: 21 October 2011
Grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 are available to support projects by established organisations within the cultural film exhibition sector.  Further info here.

Community Pilot Fund
Deadline: 28 October 2011
New fund awarding fixed grants of £3,000 to pilot film exhibition and education projects in London.  Further info here.

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Creative England announces new CEO

Caroline Norbury has been announced as the first CEO of Creative England, the dedicated support agency for England’s creative industries outside of London.  From October, Creative England will receive DCMS monies to support the development of film in the English regions.  It will also act as the BFIs designated body for the distribution of National Lottery monies for film.  Caroline joins Creative England from the South West Screen Agency.

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