NCACE champions Knowledge Exchange and collaboration between Higher Education and the arts and cultural sectors.


NCACE is led by TCCE, in partnership with: Bath Spa University, Birmingham City University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Northumbria University.

Blogs and Evidence Hub

The art and performance of city strategy in a pandemic

In November 2020, we began working on an AHRC/UKRI funded, COVID-19 Rapid Response research project: ‘Social Distancing and Reimagining City Life: Performative strategies and practices for response and recovery in and beyond lockdown’. We are both academics from performance studies: an area of research that focuses on artistic and everyday performances.

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Part Two: Storytelling as a collaborative language for cultural exchange

In my recent keynote speech for the NCACE launch event, I argued that collaborative research requires a common language to facilitate cultural exchange and understanding between all parties. In this blog post, I propose that storytelling could be that lingua franca and I consider the implications of this for the professional development of future researchers.

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Latest Newsletter

NCACE Monthly Bulletin
Issue 6, 28 April 2021

Dear Reader,

A warm welcome to April’s edition of the bulletin. 

Firstly enormous thanks to everyone who has contributed to or participated in our activities over this last month. The enthusiasm for and interest in the programme is hugely encouraging and we look forward to working with many more of you in activities taking place in the next couple of months. There are more details on all our upcoming activities below, with the next version of our Evidence Café and Knowledge Impacts Network as well as a key event in June on Collaborations in Place-making: Revealing the roles of universities and arts partnerships and knowledge exchange.

Launching NCACE Collaborations Champions Network

We are pleased to announce a call for individuals to join our new Collaborations Champions Network to work with us in the development of a vibrant, valued community of practice in the field of cultural knowledge exchange. Deadline for nominations is Tuesday May 25th 2021.

Collaborating with Higher Education: NCACE survey with Arts Professional

In March this year we ran a survey with Arts Professional to find out more about how arts and culture sector organisations are currently working with the Higher Education sector, and the benefits and challenges of doing so. The response to the survey was fantastic with 546 respondents and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the survey. It has provided the centre with a wealth of insights and information and will be invaluable as we shape future activities. We have drafted a snapshot of the findings and are working on a report and series of articles to be published over the coming months.

NCACE is a four year initiative funded by Research England and led by TCCE with regional hub partners including: Bath Spa University, Birmingham City University, Manchester Metropolitan University and Northumbria University. Our purpose is to facilitate and support capacity for Knowledge Exchange, in its widest sense, between Higher Education and the arts and cultural sector across the country with a particular focus on evidencing and showcasing the social, cultural, environmental, as well as the economic, impacts of such activities. Our launch event in February was Knowledge Conversations: The Power of Collaborative Action.

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