Author Archives: markleaver

Here + There

Here + There is a strategic initiative developed by the Bristol + Bath R&D Cluster. The project aim is to connect supported businesses to an international creative technology conversation through a programme of talent development, research exchange and business development. … Continue reading

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Bath

The image is from the current Fashioning Masculinities exhibition at the V&A, visited as part of research for a new project related to fashion and archive. The exhibition is a slice through gender identity via the medium of men’s fashion. … Continue reading

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Los Angeles / Virtual Production 2

As noted in the post below the review of the virtual production landscape in the UK and its emergence as a centre of excellence was launched in LA, at a joint DIT / Screen International event. After my presentation of … Continue reading

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Los Angeles / Virtual Production

About 5 years ago I wrote a strategy entitled, “creativity meets technology” for DIT (subsequently shortened by others to Createch). And a project launching this week in Los Angeles is the latest validation of that strategy. The exponential growth of … Continue reading

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And so it came to pass…

My New Year blog for 2020 talked about wanting to spend less time at my desk and being part of the original AZ trial (now at 2Bn+ vaccinations in 170 countries, an extraordinary achievement). But I’m still here and now … Continue reading

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Createch

5 years ago I wrote a speculative strategy for the Department for International Trade. Focused on what the UK “offer” was to global inward investment in the Creative Industries, it identified a USP at the point where “creativity meets technology”. … Continue reading

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Global Citizen

As part of an international strategy development project I’ve been looking at what might get retained in our processes and practices post-Covid. Personally I can’t see that I will ever return to the level of international business travel that characterised … Continue reading

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Creative Scale Up

Over the past year I have been working on the Creative Scale Up programme in the West of England – having co-designed and co-delivered a Peer-to-Peer support strand with Gill Wildman (via Watershed). The P2P idea was in part inspired … Continue reading

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2021

Normally I start the year with a forward-looking post and a list of cities in my immediate workplan – unfortunately the start of this year has been a rollercoaster. This image is my desk, I’d like to spend less time … Continue reading

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Cultural Compact

“City Culture Compacts – a strategic partnership to co-design and deliver a vision for culture in the city” Arts Council Cultural Cities Enquiry – Jan 2019 A new piece of work for the West of England Combined Authority, helping to … Continue reading

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