In July 2018, the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of the West of England convened the first Creativity, Knowledge, Cities (CKC) Conference to critically explore the tensions between the cultural sector, cities and universities. CKC 2019: Rethinking, Resisting, and Reimagining the Creative City builds on these productive debates.

CKC 2019 will be happening at Watershed, Bristol over the 12-13th of September providing delegates an opportunity to engage in critical dialogue with some of the UK's leading researchers, policymakers and practitioners while experiencing one of Bristol's vibrant cultural scenes. Featuring panels, roundtables and workshop.

Themes include: Historicising Creative Policy and Practice; Local Cultures of Resilience, Precarity and Possibility of Creative Work, Commoning the Creative City, Creative Activism for Alternative Futures, Universities and the Creative City.

Featured speakers include: 

  •  Ayona Datta, Reader in Urban Futures in King’s College London 
  •  Teresa Dillon, Professor of Urban Futures, University of the West of England 
  •  Kirsten Forkert, Associate Director, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research 
  • Stephen Graham, Professor of Cities and Society, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University 
  • Aseem Inam, Chair in Urban Design, Welsh School of Architecture and the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University 
  •  Helen Manchester, Reader in Digital Inequalities and Urban Futures, University of Bristol 
  •  Alison Merritt-Smith, Artist and Director Shieldfield Art Works, Newcastle 
  •  Erik Uitenbogaard, Head of Diverse Economies at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, Utrecht, The Netherlands 

For more information, to view the full programme and ticketing information please visit the website.

The registration Fee for Students, Artists, Freelancers, Creative and Community Organisational members is only £100. 

Rethinking, Resisting and Reimagining the Creative City is organised by the Creative Economy Unit, part of the Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England Bristol.