Skills and Knowledge Exchange

Creative Exchange

Creative Exchange is a wide-ranging skills and knowledge sharing programme offering two-way skills development opportunities between the creative and commercial sectors.  

The programme is rooted in collaboration across the commercial and creative industries and harnesses the expertise, priorities, enthusiasm and scrutiny of diverse professionals from many different contexts. It is based on real needs and opportunities and aims to achieve genuine benefit across sectors through the exchange of differing knowledge, skills, experience and ideas.  

Creative Exchange was one of the initial recommendations from the Culture & Commerce Taskforce, established by the Lord Mayor, in partnership with the City of London Corporation and Culture Mile.

Activity taking place within Creative Exchange includes:

Innovation Studio
The Innovation Studio was an intensive one-day sprint on 1 April 2022 that brought together senior leaders from across commercial and creative sectors to address big issues vital to their organisation, in a new and innovative way. Led by renowned design and innovation experts Jeremy Myerson and Imogen Privett of WORKTECH Academy, it was free to attend. Read more about the project here.

The Legal Bridge
The Legal Bridge was a project focused on skills and knowledge exchange between artists, creatives and lawyers. A simple tool will be developed to help artists and creatives upskill and build a foundation of knowledge in legal matters, relevant to their creative practice and work (i.e., IP, GDPR, business growth, investment, and more). Read more about the project here.

Digital exchange, in partnership with Digital Boost
Digital Boost
is a community of digital professionals from organisations such as Google, Bloomberg and Vodafone, who want to help small businesses and charities upskill and grow. Free digital upskilling and one-to-one mentoring sessions for creatives and culture professionals can be booked here.

Legal support for creative and cultural enterprises, in partnership with qLegal
qLegal is the award winning pro bono law clinic at Queen Mary University of London. They are offering free legal support to creatives and cultural enterprises, including advice around IP, non-disclosure agreements, GDPR, commercial agreements and more.  Read more here and access their free support.

Culture Mile and Company of Entrepreneurs Co-Mentoring pilot (2021)
Creatives and business entrepreneurs working together as both mentor and mentee to share their expertise, perspective and process with each other, whilst learning, exploring and expanding as partners of equal value. 

Creative Exchange is supported by founding partner Bloomberg L.P. to help place creative communities at the centre of economic recovery. Further current and past contributors include Lloyds Banking Group, Legal & General, Ropes & Gray, qLegal, Creative England, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Music in Offices, Lloyds Banking Group, ArtULTRA, Company of Entrepreneurs, and Digital Boost.