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