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Save the date: 4th International Creative Industries Festival: Power and Change

23-26 April 2024, Oxford Brookes University & Online

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About us

The Creative Industries, the UK's fastest growing economic sector ( includes areas as diverse as advertising, architecture, arts, design, fashion, film, music, performing arts, publishing, R&D, software, toys and games, TV and radio, digital media and video games.

Our Network at Oxford Brookes brings together researchers, professionals, and local communities to share their expertise on this diverse sector. The network builds on the well established research history in various aspects of the Creative Industries, especially through the intersections of different disciplinary perspectives, including subjects such as psychology, built environment, geography, and business.

As a cross-disciplinary and collaborative Network, we explore critical issues and key themes around both local and global dimensions of the Creative Industries.


Members' activities

sculptures carved in Portland Stone in front of paintings by Julia Thaxton

In October 2023, Dr Clair Chinnery exhibited a new body of work as part of the exhibition “Shaped by Water: Clair Chinnery & Julia Thaxton” at the Ronapainting Gallery, Oxford. 

It consisted of nine sculptures carved in Portland Stone between 2020 and 2023 alongside paintings by Julia Thaxton. 

Both artists explore the relationship and interplay between water and stone: Chinnery's limestone sculptures are shaped using techniques that evoke the methods of ancient stone-masons and the churning action of the sea over centuries/millennia. 

Portland stone was formed 150 million years ago in a shallow, tropical marine environment through a process involving the remains of prehistoric life-forms, sunlight and the action of water. 

Thaxton's paintings incorporate calcium carbonate dust created by the sculpting process and explore the sensation of immersion in water, something integral to the formation of the stone. 

Since 2019 Clair has visited Portland to work in stone. Her relationship with the island goes back to 1990 when she first visited the island, on a university field trip and refused to try stone carving—thinking it too ‘traditional’. 29 years later Chinnery returned, determined to engage more deeply with the landscape, heritage and ecology of Portland including its contemporary industrial role in the global mineral extraction industries.

Dr Antonia Mackay in a scene from Motherhood

On 11th October 2023, a scene from Dr Antonia Mackay's Motherhood play was shown at Oxford’s Old Fire Station’s Scratch Night to a warm reception. Scratch Night features work-in-progress from theatre makers, as well as discussions and networking opportunities.

This event kick starts the play's first public showing, acting as the premiere to the drama's Think Human event in April 2024 and the play's final showing at the North Wall Theatre from 30-31 May 2024.

The original drama will be exploring the impact of the pandemic on first-time mothers and their experiences of maternal healthcare. 

The two-night stage play will be based on Dr Mackay’s research into the effects of digital healthcare during this time, and in consultation with Human Story Theatre, will communicate several women’s lived experiences during Covid to an audience including the public, midwifery students, Brookes Drama students, the Green Templeton community and interested academics. 

The play was developed in collaboration with Associate Producer Amelia Thornber (The Old Vic Theatre), Amy Enticknap (co-founder of Human Story Theatre), Jennifer Kirman (PLSE Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery) and Dr Eleanor Lowe (PL English Literature, Drama and Creative Writing).  It aims to communicate the experiences of new mothers during the pandemic to a wide audience, and reveal the realities of motherhood in lockdown.

Dr Mackay is a member of the Oxford Brookes Creative Industries Network and Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts at Oxford Brookes.

The play is funded by the Sheila Kitzinger Programme.

photo of Sylvia-Morgado-De-Queiroz

Join artist, poet and researcher Sylvia Morgado to investigate how art can be used as a transformative experience to create more inclusive institutions. Sylvia Morgado is currently studying a PhD at Oxford Brookes University, in collaboration with Modern Art Oxford. The findings of this thesis will be widely shared, promoting exchange with museums and galleries in the UK.


Mapping Mentoring in the Creative Industries

Mentoring has become a crucial element of employment practice in the creative industries, nurturing new talent and ensuring that freelancers and businesses survive and thrive. This is especially the case since 2021, as creative enterprise begins to recover from the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. However mentoring provision can be patchy across the country, with pockets of excellence existing alongside regions where much more could be done.

This innovative research project brings together academic researchers from business studies and the humanities to work directly with national policymakers including Creative UK. Existing mentoring activity across the UK will be recorded, classified and mapped out to provide a clear visual representation of what is already being done across the country, as well as highlighting areas for further development.

For further information please email:

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CINE/MOBILITY Online Film Festival

“Cine/Mobility” was created by Dalila Missero, post-doctoral researcher in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University, and funded through Oxford Brookes Collaborative Research and Travel Award grant scheme. The project is organised and developed in collaboration with Analía Fraser. Recordings now available.

The online film festival Cine/Mobility: Latin-American Cinema Across Borders was convened from 5 October to 5 November 2021. This academic and curatorial project explored multiple paths of mobility and border crossing between Latin-America and the Atlantic, focusing on stories and experiences of migration, community-making, solidarity and resistance. The festival consisted of two strands: a program of virtual screenings, Q&As and a series of round tables with filmmakers, curators and programmers. 

Screenwriting Research Network Seminar Series

Screenwriting Research Network Seminar Series

The Screenwriting Research Network convened the SRN2021 Research Seminar Series Online from 31 August to 17 September 2021.

This online event replaced the traditional annual conference of the SRN (originally scheduled to take place in Oxford) and is chaired by Dr Paolo Russo (Network Lead of the Creative Industries Research and Innovation Network).

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Our Lives, Our Futures: exploring pressing issues for young people today

Our network is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and young people. Comprising around 100 experts from diverse fields, we aim to address challenges faced by the youth due to societal changes.

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Who can join?

  • Academic staff, including Early Career Researchers
  • Professional services staff
  • Research students, including PhD and Masters students

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If partners outside of Oxford Brookes University are interested to work with the Creative Industries Research and Innovation network, please contact us via the email