18 - 20 OCTOBER 2022

CARDIFF & ONLINE

BEYOND - where creativity meets R&D
A three day conference in October 2022, where thinkers, makers, investors and researchers across the creative industries come together to explore the relationship between creative research and business innovation. The 5th annual BEYOND conference took place at the Cardiff City Hall, with additional activities at the Museum of Wales and online.

Intro

Intro

Intro

Intro

Creative Industry

BEYOND is a unique, annual gathering of current and future innovators focused on Research and Development across the Creative Industries, bringing together world-leading researchers, makers, investors, business leaders, and thinkers.

In its fifth year, BEYOND 2022 headed to Cardiff. This year’s conference took place right in the heart of the Welsh capital, for delegates to enjoy a range of additional spaces for showcasing, dinners and networking at the iconic Cardiff City Hall and National Museum Cardiff. The conference offers a global audience access to a schedule of expert speakers, keynotes, panel discussions, think pieces and provocations, as well as Q&As and networking opportunities.

A showcase of industry leading projects and a poster exhibition also offered attendees access to cutting-edge work and researchers – before, during and after the conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Speakers

Speakers

BEYOND 2022 featured a unique and inspirational line up of expert speakers from across the creative industries, from renowned and established veterans to rising talent. It was a pleasure to welcome BAFTA nominated Jason Mohammad as this year’s conference MC. He was joined by a legendary line up featuring Sophie Howe (Future Generations Commissioner for Wales), actor Michael Sheen, futurist world-builder Alex McDowell, Claire Doherty (GALWAD) and Shirish Kulkarni (Journalist and researcher). See all confirmed BEYOND 2022 speakers.

SOPHIE HOWE, FUTURE GENERATIONS COMMISSIONER FOR WALES

SOPHIE HOWE, FUTURE GENERATIONS COMMISSIONER FOR WALES

Michael Sheen

MICHAEL SHEEN, ACTOR AND TV PRODUCER

Michael Sheen is an actor, producer and campaigner for social change. He has starred in three films nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award: The Queen, directed by Stephen Frears, Frost/Nixon, directed by Ron Howard, and Midnight in Paris, directed by Woody Allen. His many award-winning stage performances include Caligula and Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Theatre, and Hamlet at the Young Vic. He created, co-directed, and performed in the groundbreaking three-day live event The Passion in Port Talbot for National Theatre Wales.

JASON MOHAMMAD, TV AND RADIO PRESENTER

JASON MOHAMMAD, TV AND RADIO PRESENTER

Cardiff-born BBC TV and radio presenter Jason has fronted major TV events including the Olympics, FA Cup and World Cup finals, and the Six Nations but finds time for own show on BBC Radio Wales, co-owns a TV production company and has recently created his own media academy.

Shirish Kulkarni

SHIRISH KULKARNI, NEWS STORYTELLING RESEARCHER, CLWSTWR

Shirish is an award-winning investigative journalist, researcher and community organiser. His work includes a wide range of journalism innovation and inclusion projects and the People’s Newsroom Initiative at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Claire Doherty

CLAIRE DOHERTY, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, GALWAD / COLLECTIVE CYMRU

 

Claire Doherty MBE is an award-winning creative director and writer with an international reputation for ground-breaking place-based arts producing and artistic direction. Over the past two decades, she has produced film, art, TV and performance projects that challenge the ways in which we tell stories of the places we move through and inhabit.

Alex McDowell

ALEX MCDOWELL, DIRECTOR, WORLD BUILDING INSTITUTE AND THE WORLD BUILDING MEDIA LAB

Alex McDowell RDI is a narrative designer and creative director working in multi-platform experiential media. Throughout his 30-year career of production design, McDowell collaborated with directors including Steven Spielberg (Minority Report, The Terminal), Tim Burton (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and David Fincher (Fight Club), among many others.

What’s On

What’s On

BEYOND 2022 offered a hybrid programme of in-person, live and catch-up sessions, showcase, demos and an early-career researcher poster exhibition, plus social and networking activities in Cardiff.

Conference Programme

Building on the success of the previous four BEYOND’s, the 5th annual conference offered a hybrid experience from Cardiff. A three day conference (18 – 20 Oct) featured expert speakers, keynotes, panel discussions, think pieces and provocations, Q&As and plenty more. Plus exhibitions showcasing UK excellence in research-driven creative innovation.

Poster Exhibition

Doctoral Candidates and Early Career Researchers were invited to submit abstracts to feature their work in the Poster Exhibition at BEYOND.  Submissions focused on the main conference themes. If you are interested in applying to exhibit at BEYOND 2023, subscribe for updates and when submissions open.

Immersive Futures Lab

Every year, BEYOND features the Immersive Futures Lab, a showcase of innovation that offers delegates the chance to experience cutting-edge creative projects demonstrating innovative ideas, new types of content and novel uses of technologies – to include early-stage prototypes utilising technologies including Virtual Reality, Haptics, Spatial Audio and more.

Special Events

A variety of additional activities including social and networking events took place at the conference, together with local events in Cardiff.

Get Involved

BEYOND 2022 offered a range of opportunities for individuals and organisations to showcase their projects and research, host discussions and workshops, as well as meet new partners, funders and collaborators.

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Attend

Attend

Attend

Attend

A handy downloadble PDF version of this is also available in English (black / white) and Welsh (black / white).

Themes

Themes

The BEYOND 2022 conference will address questions crucial to our future creative industries, focused on understanding what part the creative industries should play in designing a zero-carbon future?

ZERO-CARBON FUTURE

Alongside operating more sustainably themselves, what role do the creative industries have in designing solutions? Can they imagine a future we want to live in and tell the stories of how we get there? How do young voices influence what happens next in a meaningful way?

BEYOND will convene Creative Industry leaders, researchers, policy makers, creators and artists to explore, aim to solve and understand:

  • How do we find new ways to think about designing a zero-carbon future in an uncertain world?
  • What is the role of the creative industries R&D in imagining and building the world for future generations?
  • How can designing for the future be ambitious but realistic; adventurous but practical, optimistic but not naive?
  • How do young voices get heard and their priorities meaningfully built into what happens next?
  • What next for our research questions and agendas for action?

BLOG

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Fresh Eyes on the Creative Industries: A Personal Reflection

Fresh Eyes on the Creative Industries: A Personal Reflection

Recent Journalism graduate and Jason Mohammad Academy alumni, Taite Johnson, joined this year's BEYOND team as our Roving Reporter. Here's her take on the event. At this year’s BEYOND conference, one theme that was apparent throughout was the importance of the younger...

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BEYOND 2022 Short Talks, Firesides and Panel Picks

BEYOND 2022 Short Talks, Firesides and Panel Picks

Ahead of next week's BEYOND in Cardiff, read on for more not to be missed schedule picks: four Short Talks, the keynote fireside chat with Sophie Howe and Michael Sheen, and the conference up wrap panel session that asks, Where Next?  Join an exciting line-up of over...

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BEYOND 2021

BEYOND 2021

Belfast, October 2021

BEYOND 2021 took the theme of place to look at how the Creative Industries are forming the heart of new vibrant cultural and creative economies.

The 4th conference explored the role of creativity and creative tech in forming and navigating new places. There is a big space opening for the Creative Industries to lead the way with mission driven research and innovation to reimagine, reinvent and reinvigorate place.

BEYOND 2021 was a hybrid conference in partnership with Future Screens NI and supported by Belfast City Coucil and Matrix NI, offering live and catch-up sessions online or in person. Delegates and speakers in Belfast enjoyed a bespoke programme of activities, with location-based immersive experiences, networking, receptions and more, plus of course lots of fine Northern Irish hospitality.

Titanic Belfast, BEYOND venue for 2021
The BEYOND 2021 conference included a lively two day programme of 60+ expert speakers, with keynotes, panel discussions, think pieces and provocations, Q&As and a showcase of leading projects and research.

Watch the on demand sessions and enjoy the highlights reel below from the conference in Belfast. Stay tuned to @BeyondCnf for all BEYOND news.

Creative Industry

Newsletter

Newsletter

Newsletter

Newsletter

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