The Creative Fuse Conference

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Discovery Museum

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The Creative Fuse Conference

10th-11th July 2018

Discovery Museum, Newcastle

Creative Fuse North East invites you to take part in an exciting line-up of presentations, panel discussions, workshops and performances from creative practitioners, businesses and academic contributors.

The Creative Fuse Conference aims to explore the value of Creative/Digital Fusion and share knowledge gained throughout the Creative Fuse North East project.

We’d like to invite you to join us to discuss ways in which you combine art and design skills with technology expertise in your business, your research into cross-sector collaborations, or your experiences of combining academic, creative practise and business expertise. Come and join the conversation and add your voice to this exploration of the future for the North East’s creative, digital and IT sectors.

Who is it for?

The conference is open to anyone who identifies as being connected to the Creative, Cultural, Digital or IT sectors, including SMEs (Small to Medium Size Enterprises), larger organisations, freelancers, sole traders, artists and creative practitioners, academics and students (undergraduate and postgraduate).

You're welcome to submit a proposal to apply to be part of the conference programme (see below), or just to come along, listen to the talks and take part in the activities.

Call for Contributors

If you would like to submit a proposal, please visit the conference website.

The conference programme will be built around the proposals submitted. Let us know how you would like to get involved, all suggestions will be considered.

We are currently accepting applications for the following:

1. Presentations

Give a talk about what you do, present a conference paper or discuss a topic of your choice. Presentations may be either 10 or 20 minutes in length and can involve any audio/visual content. These can be delivered by individuals or small groups.

2. Panel Discussions

These are facilitated discussions on a topic, with a chair asking questions to a group of panellists. The panel can begin with each panellist presenting a short introduction to their work but this should remain brief – we’d prefer the panels to have conversation and back-and-forth discussion rather than being a series of presentations. Applications for ‘Fireside Chat’ panels are also welcomed, with an interviewer in conversation with a single panellist. Panels with a mix of academics, businesses and creative practitioners are preferred.

3. Workshops

Workshops can be led by individuals or groups, to fit a 90 minute time slot. These should be hands-on sessions where attendees get to participate in an activity and/or undergo training. Small bursaries are available to cover the costs of your materials and preparation time.

4. Performances

We’re looking for performers of any kind to get involved in the evening programme – music, dance, theatre, poetry, screenings, installations, artists’ talks or whatever you fancy! There’s also scope for shorter performances which can take place throughout the day. Small bursaries are available to cover the costs of your materials and preparation time.

5. Wildcard

Do you want to get involved in the conference but feel like what you have in mind doesn’t fit into one of these categories? Let us know, we’re open to hearing everyone’s ideas and giving people a space to showcase their work in the way that makes most sense to them.

The Deadline for Applications is Monday 21st May.


Once the speakers have been selected, a copy of the programme will be emailed to everyone who has registered, and included on this page and the conference website.

Draft Timetable

Tuesday 10th July

13:00-14:00 – Registration, teas and coffees, exhibition

14:00-14:30 – Welcome and film screening

14:30-15:30 – Keynote Speaker

15:30-16:00 – Break

16:00-17:30 – Parallel Sessions: Workshops and Panels

17:30 onwards - Drinks Reception and Performances

Wednesday 11th July

09:00-09:30 – Registration, teas and coffees, exhibition

09:30-11:00 – Parallel Sessions: Workshops and Panels

11:00-11:15 – Break

11:15-12:30 – Parallel Sessions: Workshops and Panels

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

13:30-14:30 – Keynote Speaker

14:30-15:00 – Break

15:00 onwards – Excursion (TBC)

Practical Information

For information about the access, transport, food and drink and things to do in Newcastle, please visit the conference website.

Our Funders

This activity is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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