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. 

Keynote Speaker: Professor Angela McRobbie

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? 

View the programme.

Registration now open!

You can now book tickets to attend CKC 2023 in person. We’ll also be running a curated online programme for those who wish to attend remotely – more info on that soon.

In-person two-day tickets are £175 full price, and £100 for concessions. Single day tickets are not available.

Book in-person tickets for CKC 2023 here

We have a limited number of free conference tickets available for those who would like to attend but are unable to meet the cost of registration. Eligible applicants could be people on no fixed income, freelancers, people who have been made redundant, precarious workers, and people not currently in employment.  

If you’d like to apply for a free conference ticket, please email us with a short paragraph explaining why you’d like to attend the conference and how you think it will benefit you.

More info

In July 2018, the Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC) 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. 

The conference is part of Fair Creative Economies, funded by MyWorld, a £30M 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.

CKC2023 is sponsored by Bristol+Bath Creative R+D, MyWorld, and DCRC.