18 - 20 OCTOBER 2022

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 will take place in Cardiff and online. Tickets released soon - get updates.



Each year BEYOND brings together a unique line-up of researchers, thinkers, makers, funders, and business leaders from across the Creative Industries to share cutting edge research and innovations and explore the current challenges and imagined futures for the sector.

The schedule, speakers and on-demand sessions and much more from previous years can be found in this archive section.

Beyond 2021

The BEYOND 2021 conference took place in Belfast in Titanic museum on 19 October to 22 October 2020.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.

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.

Beyond 2020

The all virtual BEYOND 2020 conference – where creativity meets R&D – took place on 30 November to 3 December 2020. The programme explored questions and ideas around the impact the pandemic has had on the Creative Industries, and how the industry has responded, looking through the lenses of performance, moving image, visitor experience, and gaming & Esports.

The programme included live and on-demand conference sessions, the Immersive Futures Lab showcase, an early-career researcher poster exhibition, the Creative China programme and showcase plus a series of fringe events.

Beyond 2019

The 2019 BEYOND Conference took place in the Assembly Rooms in the heart of Edinburgh. Attracting leading academics and researchers, journalists and creative industry professionals, the conference presented a series of panels, talks, and short presentations from artists and business developers, focusing on AI, machine-learning and creative-led data.

The diverse programme showcased some incredible projects from a voice artist using AI for beatbox ‘battles to a beautiful drag persona generated from image datasets. BEYOND also featured an early-career researcher poster exhibition and networking events.

Beyond 2018

The inaugural BEYOND conference in November 2018 in London explored the dynamic relationship between research, academia and business innovation. Themes explored included how leading creatives imagine future alternative realities and what their thinking can bring to research and development; the relationship between science and the Creative Industries; and how to build a truly creative workforce.





Through a period of absolute disruption, BEYOND 2020 considered what we learnt about the adoption of new and emerging technologies and audiences across the creative industries, and how it’s influencing future developments around the globe.

For 2021, BEYOND focused on Creative Places as a hybrid conference, offering an international community the opportunity to join online, as well as welcoming delegates and speakers to Belfast in person for a programme including location-based immersive experiences, access to view the new Screen and Media Innovation Lab facilities, networking and VIP receptions, and lots of fine Northern Irish hospitality and possibly a few swords and dragons…


CONNECT with future collaborators, researchers and funders

EXPLORE pioneering R&D projects across the UK’s Creative Industries

ENGAGE with the global conversation on innovation, creativity and opportunity

From economists to cultural theorists and right across the political spectrum place is the new driver of policy, and place-based solutions a must have for any idea. The Creative Industries have always been central to making our physical places and emotional spaces ones where we want to live.

This year’s BEYOND explores the role that Creative R&D can play in creating the culturally dynamic and resilient places of tomorrow, in augmenting real spaces and connecting digital places, in developing talent with a sense of geography and maybe even exploring what ‘levelling up’ might mean.

Prof Andrew Chitty, Challenge Director: Audience of the Future and Creative Industries Clusters Programmes, UKRI

For Business


  • Connect with creative innovators, thinkers, experts and researchers
  • Discover the latest innovations and creative technologies shaking up and redefining our sector
  • Case studies from groundbreaking projects
  • Experience first-hand demos from pioneering projects
  • Find collaborators, researchers and funders to build your organisation’s capabilities
  • Explore international inward UK investment opportunities

For Researchers


  • Discover recent developments in the creative arts
  • Connect with creative industry pioneers
  • Experience and engage with practice-led research projects
  • Connect and collaborate with leading creative tech businesses and industry stakeholders
  • Indulge in a core programme of thought-provoking panel debates and roundtables
  • Interact with local and international tech enthusiasts and experts
Creative Industry





More details about this year’s programme, tickets, showcasing and speaking opportunities coming in September - sign up for updates below and be the first to find out.