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BEYOND 2022 Partners Unveiled

Each year, we work with carefully selected partners to enable us to deliver a lively and varied BEYOND programme to our audiences.

BEYOND would not be possible without its programme, event and founding partners, especially UK Research and Innovation, a key part of the BEYOND programme since the inaugural conference in 2018.

This year, we are once again delighted to announce UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council as its Founding Partner, together with UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK and Immerse UK as the official BEYOND 2022 Programme Partners.  

As BEYOND tours the nations, we look to partner with local organisations to ensure the region that BEYOND calls home each year is celebrated and supported. As we head to Cardiff in October, it’s a pleasure to welcome Clwstwr, Creative Wales, Invest in Cardiff and Cardiff Capital Region City Deal as Event Partners for BEYOND 2022. 

All of our partners help to make the conference unique every year and their contributions are invaluable – look out for the partners’ programme at this year’s BEYOND, details of which will be shared soon!

In the meantime, read on for more information on each partner and their thoughts about supporting BEYOND 2022 in October:


Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, funds internationally outstanding independent researchers across the whole range of the arts and humanities: history, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, languages and literature, design, heritage, area studies, the creative and performing arts, and much more. The quality and range of research supported by AHRC works for the good of UK society and culture and contributes both to UK economic success and to the culture and welfare of societies across the globe.

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UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK

UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK

UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK is the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of creativity taking place across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and online until October 2022. The programme includes 10 awe-inspiring creative projects shaped across science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics by brilliant minds working in unexpected collaborations.

Martin Green CBE, Chief Creative Officer, UNBOXED: Creativity of UK, shares his thoughts on working with BEYOND this year:

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the BEYOND conference. The theme of BEYOND 2022 is Beyond Generations, making this year’s conference an ideal platform to reflect on the UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK programme and celebrate the ways in which cross-sector creativity can inspire and equip the next generation of talent to create better futures for people and planet. Our participation also provides opportunities to share learnings from the UNBOXED R&D process that helped shape the programme and reflect on the extensive research, practical lessons and future best practice that has emerged in relation to cross-sector creative collaboration.”

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Immerse UK

Immerse UK

Immerse UK brings together industry, researchers and research organisations, the public sector, entrepreneurs, innovators and end-users to support the UK in becoming the global leader in applications of immersive technologies: high-end visualisation, virtual, mixed, and augmented reality, haptics and other sensory interfaces with data.

Asha Easton, Managing Director of Immerse UK, said

We are delighted to be partnering with BEYOND 2022 to showcase the great work being done around the country by Immerse UK members. We hope this partnership will only help to amplify the amount of incredible XR innovation happening across the UK.

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Clwstwr is a programme to create new products, services and experiences for screen. Clwstwr builds on South Wales’ success in making creative content by putting research and development (R&D) at the core of production and creating a culture of innovation. Clwstwr is where ideas thrive.

Professor Sara Pepper, Clwstwr COO, said

We are delighted to be partnering with BEYOND 2022 to bring this three day conference of creativity and R&D to Cardiff. If you’re a creative sector focused business, freelancer or academic there will be plenty for you to engage with at BEYOND and we’d encourage you to come to Cardiff, Wales’s creative capital city, this October to look to the future of the creative industries. Cardiff and Wales extends a warm Welsh welcome.

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Creative Wales

Creative Wales

Creative Wales is a Welsh Government agency set up in 2020 to support the creative industries in Wales; harnessing the power of our creative sectors and driving growth in the Welsh economy to help build a prosperous future.

Their expert team connects people and businesses to foster new opportunities; provides knowledge and resources to upskill our workforce and support our trainees; and invests in ideas and people to help our creative economy flourish.

Creative Wales provides support across the creative sectors – from music to animation, as well as providing information on the latest training opportunities, and advice on funding. 

The agency champions the creative sectors, so that they can go on and empower creative individuals – from the grassroots venues giving artists a chance to shine, to the films showcasing the talent behind the camera. 

Gerwyn Evans, Deputy Director, Creative Wales said

We’re thrilled to welcome BEYOND and its delegates to Cardiff this year. The creative industries in Wales are thriving, with R&D, innovation and new technology leading the way in shaping the future of creativity.

Creative Wales was established in response to the rapid growth of the creative sectors, so it’s great to see such a key industry event choosing Wales as it’s home for 2022. We’re very proud to be a BEYOND event partner and look forward to an exciting programme of events.

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Invest in Cardiff

Invest in Cardiff

Invest in Cardiff is the city’s inward investment and business support team. They provide support on all aspects of investing in the city, and provide a single point of contact for investors.

Jonathan Day, Operational Manager of Invest in Cardiff speaks of their partnership with this year’s BEYOND

Invest in Cardiff are thrilled to be a partner and to welcome BEYOND 2022 to our city, and we will look forward to showcasing our own cutting edge creative talent as well as hearing from the leading thinkers in the sector.

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Cardiff Capital Region City Deal

Cardiff Capital Region City Deal

The Cardiff Capital Region City Deal is a catalyst for regional growth and sustainable success in South East Wales. Building on the region’s sectoral strengths, its high skill base and three universities, and accelerating economic growth through investment in skills, infrastructure, innovation-led scalable projects and priority industry sectors and businesses.

Asked to comment on their recent partnership with BEYOND 2022 they said the following

We are delighted to be partnering with BEYOND 2022, given our commitment to the creative industries priority cluster in the Cardiff Capital Region. With more than 1,300 businesses in the sector, the Region is a hotbed of creative talent and, as shown by our recent co-investment with UKRI and Welsh Government for the programme, the role of research and development is critical to our ambition of creating a world-leading cluster for media innovation in the Cardiff Capital Region.

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A big thank you to all of our BEYOND partners. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Cardiff. Grab your ticket today to get the best deal!

We can’t wait to share more about our partner programme with you – keep your eyes peeled on @BeyondCnf and make sure you subscribe to our mailing list for all the latest updates on this year’s conference.

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