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SFC, Creative Scotland and the Arts and Humanities Research Council came together today to support Places of Creative Production. The symposium, produced and hosted by the Glasgow School of Art, is the first in a series of three events designed to explore the complex relationships between higher education, further education and the creative industries.

The keynote speech was given by Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chairman of ITV and author of the UK Government’s independent review of creative industries. Sir Peter shared his experiences of the continuing and hard won growth of the creative industries, noting that, according to the most recent figures, the creative industries are growing at around three times the rate of the UK economy.

He argued, however, that the cultural dividend was equally as important as the economic one. Sir Peter ended by outlining his concept of cultural clusters, an idea that has now attracted government funding in the shape of the Creative Industries Clusters Programme.

In subsequent sessions the symposium looked at support structures, talent development and HE and FE’s cultural contribution to cities and communities.

The second event in the series will be held in the autumn.