Cultural Playing Field


The Creative Industries Federation by Robin Simpson
October 22, 2014, 1:00 pm
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On Tuesday afternoon I was at the University of the Arts/Central St Martins in London to meet John Kampfner, Director of the new Creative Industries Federation. The Federation was the idea of Sir John Sorrell who felt that the public arts and commercial creative industries work in silos and, in recent years, have failed to make the case for the civic value of the arts. Having started in March this year, the Creative Industries Federation now has a team of nine staff, plus a range of pro bono support, and is working to create a single UK voice for the public arts, commercial creative industries and cultural education. The Federation will undertake advocacy and research and will seek to develop a national network (both physical and digital). John said he hoped the Federation would encompass everyone from individual potters to gaming companies to Time Warner. He wants the membership to include companies, organisations, trade bodies, small organisations and thousands of individuals across the UK. The Federation will be formally launched on 24 November and plans a dozen large roadshows around the country next year. I spoke to John Kampfner, and his colleagues Eliza Easton and Tim Moore, about the importance of looking at the whole cultural spectrum, including the voluntary arts, subsidised arts and the commercial sector.

Robin Simpson.

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