Impact of Creative Europe in the UK  

Creative Europe was launched by the European Union in January 2014 to provide support to the creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors. Creative Europe Desk UK (CED UK) is a partnership between The British Council, British Film Institute, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Welsh Government. It is designated and supported by the UK Government Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) and the European Commission. As the UK reorients itself following its exit from the European Union, the opportunity to reflect on the effect that Creative Europe has had on the sectors across the four nations is timely. 

SQW was commissioned by the British Council to undertake the study to assess the impact of Creative Europe in the UK between 2014 and 2020. We spoke with stakeholders in all four nations, projects that had been supported by Creative Europe, and ran a survey of people who had participated in both the MEDIA and Culture sub-programmes.

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Our results showed how the programme’s funding has delivered beneficial outcomes and impacts across knowledge, skills and capacity building for individual creative practitioners as well as UK arts, culture and screen organisations. One respondent captured the impact by saying:  

Creative Europe's support has enabled us to truly work in partnership, to develop a communal vision with likeminded, innovative European groups - that sense of wide mission and legacy has been really stimulating. It has also enabled us to lead the sector on an international level.   

If you would like to know more about the research, please contact Jo Hutchinson at SQW. 

Please click here for further information about the programme.  

Image credit: Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University