A Creative Momentum Project Launched

19th November 2015

Posted In: FYI

A new three-year, €2 million transnational a creative momentum project, led by the Western Development Commission (WDC) with research support from NUI Galway, will be implemented by six organisations based in Mid-Sweden, North East Iceland, Northern Finland, South East of Northern Ireland and the West of Ireland.

A new survey of results presented at the launch at The Dock in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim outlined that across Europe’s Northern Edge, 60% of creative entrepreneurs work on their own. A further 31% of enterprises employ fewer than five people. The survey also showed that just over half (53%) of creative entrepreneurs work from their own home, while 45% are members of some form of creative network or collective.

An overview of the five regions was given by representatives of the partners during the launch entitled ‘Connecting creativity across Europe’s Northern Edge’. In an effort to address the needs highlighted in the survey, the project aims to build networks to support creative entrepreneurs through innovation and skills development; provide opportunities to network and collaborate across the five partner countries; improve access to international markets; and carry out further research on the creative sector.

The activities which a creative momentum project will implement over the next few years were also outlined at the launch ‘what is a creative momentum project’ by Pauline White from the Western Development Commission and supported by NUI Galway. 

(Pictured: Representatives of the partner organisations involved in a creative momentum project; Western Development Commission, Technichus Mid-Sweden, Lapland University of Applied Sciences, S.E.E.D. Northern Ireland/Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, NUI Galway and North East Iceland Cultural Council. Photo: Steve Rogers.)