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Plymouth awarded share of Cultural Development Fund

A project to build Plymouth’s creative industries and nurture creative people power has been awarded £3.5 million by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The University has partnered with Plymouth City Council, Destination Plymouth, Mayflower 400, Plymouth College of Art and the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) to create iMayflower.

The money is part of a £20m Cultural Development Fund for the regions announced by Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright. An additional £750,000 has been awarded to Mayflower400, with the remaining £2.75m to help fund new creative sector initiatives in the city – like the Illuminate light festival in which the University is a key partner.

The Illuminate Festival of Light at the Royal William Yard, which took place on 22–25 November 2018

Interactive art and Plymouth's Creative Economy

We are proud to present the Inaugural Professorial Lecture of Professor Chris Bennewith.

30 October 2019, 18.00 – 19.30, Rolle Marquee, University of Plymouth

Professor Chris Bennewith, Head of the School of Art, Design, and Architecture, will trace some of his work as part of international art and design collective Squidsoup, connecting the knowledge gained from these experiences to more recent projects relating to the development of a new Creative Economy for the city and region of Plymouth. 

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The University’s vision is to be recognised as a leading player in the growth, productivity and resilience of the Creative Economy in the South West. Working alongside our talented staff, students and strategic partners towards an ambitious common goal, the University aims to achieve a step-change in Plymouth’s Creative Economy; making it a more attractive place to study, live, work and visit. 

Over the last five years, the University has played a leading role in the development and delivery of key externally funded projects including:

Horizon - a £1.1 million collaborative programme of visual contemporary arts, funded through Arts Council England’s (ACE’s) Ambition for Excellence fund, which aimed to achieve a major ‘step-change’ in Plymouth’s visual arts ecology.

The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) - a £6.5 million collaborative project, supported by Research England, designed to drive the growth of the regional creative economy.

Cultivator - a £2.6 million collaborative project, supported by ERDF, ACE and Cornwall Council, designed to offer business support to the Creative Industries across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

iMayflower - a £5.9 million collaborative project, supported by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS’) Cultural Development Fund, designed to build Plymouth’s Creative Industries and nurture creative people power across the city.

We have also invested Higher Education Investment Funding (HEIF) to support a wide range of internal projects and initiatives, aligned to the priorities of the UK Industrial Strategy, the Creative Industries Sector Deal and local economic growth strategies, all focused on applying Open Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (KE) to support economic growth in the Creative Economy. 

Collectively, these projects have significantly increased KE capacity, which in turn has increased support for academics and students to increase their profile, impact and visibility, enhance the student experience and graduate outcomes, and businesses and organisations to develop new products, services and experiences and gain access to skills, talent and resources.