Creative Places and Social Territories

How do cities and urban environments nourish creativity? Network is collaborator to a European research project that aims to study the role of cultural places and creative networks in generating and sustaining the dynamics of local areas. The project will compare three geographical areas: the North of Paris / Seine-Saint-Denis, East London (Hackney Wick / […]

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Creative hubs and cultural policies: a comparison between Brazil and the United Kingdom

Karina Poli, visiting researcher at Network, and Prof. Morag Shiach have collaborated to produce this comparative analysis of ten creative hubs located in London, Birmingham, and São Paulo. It explores how cultural policies in the UKand Brazil constitute the boundaries between ‘culture’ and ‘innovation’ in distinct ways. Pierre Bourdieu’s concepts of ‘field’, ‘habitus’, and ‘capital’ […]

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Too Many Cooks?

Too many cooks spoil the broth? Then how many do we need? In July 2021 Network commissioned The Change Collective to host a feast of ideas about working collectively in the creative industries. In liaison with Professor Lois Weaver, and the collective of drama students, called Air Supply, that she works with to curate the […]

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The Mending Room

Network supported four QMUL second year drama students, with Dr Maggie Inchley and mentored by Professor Ali Campbell, to make a documentary film of The Mending Room in collaboration with Tony Cealy, theatre practitioner. The undergraduates are: Folasade Shonibare; Regina Agard-Brathwaite; Morayo Okungbowa; Jasmine D’Arcy Johnson-Cole. The Mending Room is a cornerstone project of 81 […]

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Pick of The Week – a music video portrait project

In collaboration with Hackney Wick & Fish Island Community Trust, and Hackney Wick and Fish Island Creative Enterprise Zone, Network commissioned The People Speak to talk to local residents about the Hackney Wick they know. A mobile Screen Test Booth popped up in the area throughout July 2021, and an open space Talkaoke – a […]

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Sustaining Craft Practice in the Digital Era

Monday, 12 April: 2-3.30pm   Network Centre is delighted to present an online conversation as part of the QMUL Arts & Culture Conversations Week for 9-16 April 2021. Our panel will draw on international perspectives to explore contemporary craft practice and economy. Facilitated by feminist craftivist practitioner and researcher Dr Katja May they will consider the role […]

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Digital Platforms for Craft

Digital platforms for craft was an 20-month project that aimed to map out the use, features and potential of digital platforms in craft sectors in the UK and China. It was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK and supported by the Crafts Council, and was a partnership between researchers at […]

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How does ‘The Match’ add social value?

Network Centre has brokered a small knowledge exchange project between QMUL Reader in Management Practice / Deputy Director of Education, Patrick McGurk, and local Hackney based enterprise, Echo (economyofhours.com) to analyse the social value of its project, The Match. Echo is a network which connects community projects, many of them within the creative industries, and […]

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