£500,000 investment to grow Birmingham’s creative economy
Arts Council England is investing £500,000 in plans to boost Birmingham and Solihull’s creative economy.
The money comes from the Arts Council’s Creative Local Growth Fund.
It has been awarded to Birmingham City University to support its STEAMHouse project. The university is one of nine organisations in England to be awarded funding.
STEAMHouse will put arts and culture at the heart of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s strategy for innovation by melding arts and culture with science, technology, engineering and maths.
It will bring together academics, creative entrepreneurs, politicians and researchers to provide innovative business support for 270 creative enterprises, generate new research opportunities and create production and workshop spaces.
Talking about the investment, Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “This is brilliant news for the Midlands.
“The creative industries are worth £84.1 billion each year to the UK economy and public investment in arts and culture is one of the key factors in driving forward this growth.
“This investment will put creativity at the heart of local plans to drive future growth and fuel the Midlands Engine.
“We’re looking forward to working with our partners in Birmingham, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to support creativity and innovation to thrive.”
Anita Bhalla, Board Director, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise partnership(GBSLEP) said: “We are delighted that Birmingham City University has been awarded Creative Local Growth Funding for the STEAMHouse project. The need to drive the skills base around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull (GBS) area is at the heart of the GBSLEP’s Strategy for Growth.
“STEAMHouse will complement and enhance existing regional facilities like iCentrum by creating incubator, collaboration, making and innovation space in Digbeth, in the centre of Birmingham, providing a catalyst for the creative industries. STEAMHouse will deliver 10,000 jobs; create a new cluster of creative businesses; help bring empty properties and land back into productive economic use and support business growth creating new employment opportunities and safeguarding existing jobs.”