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24.09.2019

Icon Member Tiago Oliveira Featured in Report on Heritage and Creative Industries

Icon member Tiago Oliveira’s experience of finding a studio space for his conservation business has been presented in the Heritage Alliance’s new report on the heritage sector’s relationship with the creative industries.

The Inspiring Creativity, Heritage & The Creative Industries report makes recommendations for building on the collaborative effort of the creative industries and heritage sectors to continue their fruitful partnership. The report demonstrates the importance of heritage and the creative industries to cultural identity and place-shaping in the UK, particularly in the face of Brexit uncertainty.

Through a series of case studies from The Heritage Alliance members and affiliated projects, the report showcases the best that can emerge from effective and supported partnerships between the two sectors, despite the potential challenges and pressures faced when working together.

Tiago’s case study described the challenges of finding a studio space for his conservation business in London, outlining how many potential spaces were only available for artists and craft makers. The study explores how by identifying his conservation practice as a creative industry, Tiago was able to secure a workspace appropriate to the unique requirements of object conservation.

Helen Whately, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism commented on the report: “Both our awe-inspiring heritage sites and our spectacular creative industries play a pivotal role in defining how the rest of the world sees us. This report contains some inspiring examples of how these sectors can thrive by working together more closely. This is something I’d love to see more of as it can be instrumental in helping those organisations and businesses involved realise their true potential”.

The report outlines 6 sets of recommendations for Government, funding bodies and policymakers to consider:

  • The need for improvement in communication between and within both sectors achieved through training, symposia and best practice guidelines;
  • Improvements in evaluation techniques, and effective advocacy of the impact of creative heritage projects;
  • Capacity building programmes and opportunities for heritage organisations and creative practitioners to come together and learn the skills they need to improve their relationships;
  • Recognition of the lack of funding capacity for creative heritage projects which can be addressed through changes to funding guidelines;
  • Both a community-level focus on challenging stereotypes and welcoming new audiences, and a national and global level focus on the positive role of creative heritage projects in placemaking, broadening engagement, accessibility and diversity of the creative and heritage sectors;
  • Related wider recommendations including, a future immigration and visa regime that works for heritage and creative practitioners, clear planning policy guidelines and improvements to rural transportation.

You can read the full report and Tiago's case study here.

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