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Student introduces forensic jewellery on TEDx

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TEDx Inverness launched its programme of independently-organised TEDx events with a series of thought-provoking speakers, including ICC and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design PhD student Maria Maclennan.

Maria's talk introduced her research in the experimental field of forensic jewellery. Combining design with forensic science, Maria is working to develop techniques to identify bodies after mass disaster. The video of her presentation, delivered on 30 July 2015, is available on YouTube.

TEDx Inverness presents talks under license to the international TEDx programme of community-organised events. A 2016 programme is being organised.



Beneficial Theatre for Early Years Requires More Support

Ben Fletcher-Watson thesis summary front pageTheatre for Early Years (TEY) is a highly developed practice in Scotland's cultural scene and offers benefits beyond the stage,  but requires assistance from funding agencies, policy makers and theatre training programmes, according to PhD research recently completed by Ben Fletcher-Watson.

A student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Ben interviewed 26 leading Scottish practitioners of TEY, an art form previously considered only a variation of children's theatre. Ben's work examines the specific practices involved in devising and production of performing arts for audiences under 3 years old, and found that TEY artists believe very young children deserve theatre as much as adults, and that the experiences may offer intrincsic educational, health or other benefits, such as maternal mental health and emotional resilience in pre-schoolers, thus providing mutual benefit for the state and the arts sector. However these practitioners also set the artistic and mental challenges of devising suitable TEY against a background of weak recognition from the arts establishment and funders.

Ben's research establishes a dramaturgy, or statement of cultural values, for the TEY artform and concludes with four key recommendations to aide its development:

  1. UK drama training programmes need to emphasise and observe the unique challenges and struggles of creating TEY
  2. Artist networks must continue to develop the artform by supporting artist training and promotion of the genre beyond its own audiences
  3. Funding bodies need to recognise the cost implications of the artform's unique requirements, such as additional rehearsal time and specialised skills, which can be applied to other areas of theatre
  4. Policy makers must recognise TEY as an artform in its own right with potential to play a prominent role in Scottish culture

Ben's research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council via ICC's Capacity Building Cluster grant, Capitalising on Creativity, and supported by Imaginate and Starcatchers. An Executive Summary of his research can be downloaded from his project page on this website.


10-11-2015: Intellectual Property management book now available for free download

Front cover of IP book Tales from the Drawing Board‌Tales from the Drawing Board: IP wisdom and woes from Scotland’s creative industries is a new book by ICC and Creative Scotland which details creative producers’ everyday efforts to manage and benefit from their Intellectual Property (IP). Told in creative practitioners' own voices, the collection of cases  is now available for Tales from the Drawing Board (PDF, 10,426 KB).

Readers can learn from the IP experiences of workers in Computer Games, Dance & Theatre, Fashion & Product Design, Film & Television, and Music & Publishing. Each case deals with daily issues of IP management, such as development and early research, documenting work for protection, partnerships and collaborative working, licensing agreements, developing brand strategy, self-publishing and digital rights management, and handling claims of infringement. Legal comments from creative industries specialist solicitor Philip Hannay address the issues raised.

Tales from the Drawing Board is the result of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between ICC and Creative Scotland. It received funding from the Economic & Social Research Council, Innovate UKCreative Scotland National Lottery and the Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe).

07-13-2015: ESRC Grant Report Published

image of report cover for Capitalising on CreativityDetails of ICC's recently completed ESRC Capacity Building Cluster grant (RES 187-24-0114) have been published as a full-colour report, Creative Industries Scotland: Capitalising on Creativity. The document can be downloaded from our Research page, which provides more detail of the ESRC grant and other projects currently being researched by ICC.

The Capitalising on Creativity programme was designed to enhance collaborative research and knowledge sharing between creative and cultural industries and higher education institutions in Scotland, a goal which has been achieved through more than 65 research projects and outreach activities, and the involvement of 58 students, academics and associate researchers; the staff and stakeholders of 31 cultural and creative industry organisations; and 16 additional academic and funding organisations.


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