Call for Papers on Textile Intersections:

Textile Intersections Conference organised by the Textile Design Research Group at Loughborough University in collaboration with Royal College of Art and Queen Mary University London, launched a call for papers. The conference will be held in London, Loughborough University in London, from 12 to 14 September 2019.

TEXTILE INTERSECTIONS is interested in topics related to connections and cross- or interdisciplinary collaborations furthering research in the field of textiles and textile design. The focus will be on the nature of collaborations textiles are susceptible to establish with other disciplines and the consequent opportunities for each discipline. How are these collaborations initiated? What makes a successful collaboration leading to innovative research? What are the issues? Why collaborate?

Deadline for submission of abstracts is: 25th March 2019

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Creative economy employment in the EU and UK

This report compares the size and growth of the EU’s creative industries on a consistent basis.


Key Findings:

  • The creative industries employ 11.4 million people in the EU, accounting for 5 per cent of the EU workforce.
  • Sweden has the highest proportion of its workforce employed in the creative industries (8.9 per cent), followed by Finland (8.2 per cent) and the UK (7.6 per cent).
  • The country with the highest number of creative industry workers is Germany (which has the largest total workforce in the EU), followed by the UK and France.
  • The UK accounts for 14 per cent of the total EU workforce, but a fifth (21 per cent) of all creative industry jobs.
  • Employment in the UK’s creative industries grew three times faster in the UK than in the EU as a whole: 6.1% per annum on average vs. 1.8% per annum.

Analysts and policymakers have long complained about the absence of internationally comparable statistics on the creative industries, as this has made it impossible to benchmark the performance of different countries.

This report provides consistent statistics on the EU creative industries for all of the member states. It also provides consistent statistics for the creative economies (employment in creative industries and in creative occupations outside of these) for 20 of the member states. Six countries are examined in detail (France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland and Sweden, and the UK).

The report applies the official UK creative industry classification to produce a best-fit creative industries definition in the EU Labour Force Survey, to calculate consistent estimates at an EU level.

A companion report which examines the creative economy in North America (the US and Canada) will be published in the New Year.

Policy Recommendations:

  • The report highlights the importance of supporting the creative industries in the EU, and assists policymakers by providing an overview of employment across EU countries.
  • The Dynamic Mapping methodology provides a basis for making international assessments of the creative industries.


Max Nathan, Andy Pratt and Ana Rincon-Aznar, NESTA

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