CKC 2023: New Futures for Creative Economies

29th/30th March 2023 Watershed, Bristol 

Hosted by Creative Economies Lab, UWE Bristol, and Inclusive Economy Initiative, University of Bristol. 

In July 2018, the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE Bristol convened the first Creativity, Knowledge, Cities (CKC) Conference to critically explore the tensions between the cultural sector, cities and universities. The second event, CKC 2019: Rethinking, Resisting, and Reimagining the Creative City built on these debates. Now, after a hiatus occasioned by the global pandemic, CKC returns to Bristol in 2023 to continue its ambition to build shared conversations around positive futures for creative work. 

CKC 2023: New Futures for Creative Economies is dedicated to making visible different ways of ‘doing’ the creative economy. The conference aims to draw on the experiences, narratives, research, thinking, and stories of academics, makers, activists, and thinkers to imagine an alternative to our current model of creative work. Can we make an economy that is greener, more democratic and more inclusive? 

If you’d like to speak at the conference, we’re accepting proposals now. Please download the Call for Papers and proposal guidelines here.

Key dates: 

  • Proposal deadline: 9th October 2022
  • Speakers announced and registration opens: November 2022 
  • Early bird deadline: Wednesday 11th January 2023 
  • Conference: Wednesday 29th – Thursday 30th March 2023 

The conference is part of Fair Creative Economies, funded by My World, a £38M programme of funding led by University of Bristol to support R&D in the creative sector. Fair Creative Economies seeks to explore new ethical, progressive and sustainable models for creative work and the necessary regional context needed to make them a reality.