Network hosted a workshop in Paris on 14 June 2022, as part of its commitment to Creative Places, a research project it partners with LabEx ICCA to deliver for Hackney Wick. “Laboratoires d’Excellence” are research projects supported by the French National Research Agency under the “Future Investments” programme, and the “Industries Culturelles & Création Artistique” (ICCA) is an interdisciplinary research laboratory centred around the arts, culture and digital markets and their practices.
The project is led in Paris by Fabrice Rochelandet, Professor of ICT, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, and looks into how urban environments nourish creativity in a phased study that will compare Hackney Wick with Saint Denis. In collaboration with Creative Wick, an organisation committed to enhancing the sustainability of the creative economy in Hackney Wick, the project studies the role of cultural places and creative networks in generating and sustaining the dynamics of these local areas. Its objectives are:
- To map the key creative places in each of its chosen areas of study so as to better understand the needs of local artists, businesses and communities.
- To identify the potential for future research on key aspects of local creative economies.
- To identify and train ‘citizen scientists’ who can undertake further qualitative research.
- To undertake qualitative research on the ecosystem of the creative economy in specific urban localities.
Phase one mapped key networks and cultural spaces in each locality using an innovative app designed by Prof. Rochelandet. Phase two is following up these findings with in-depth interviews. Hosted at University of London in Paris premises, the workshop was a useful in bringing collaborators and participants together to consider findings so far and refine the research process going forward.