01 Mar 2016
The University of Brighton is partnering with Wired Sussex, University of Sussex and Gatwick Airport Limited, to help creative, digital and IT organisations deliver commercial innovations more effectively.
‘Arts DRIVA’ will see the university work with organisations across the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership area to establish more dynamic and more valuable partnerships between small businesses, universities, public bodies and larger enterprises.
Funding from the Arts Council will provide arts and cultural organisations with the opportunity to be at the heart of this work, demonstrating the value arts and culture has in delivering economic value and innovation.
Gillian Youngs, Professor of Digital Economy, University of Brighton, said: ‘The Brighton Fuse and FuseBox24 research findings highlighted the integral role of creative arts and design as drivers of innovation in the creative and digital sector and this new funding from the Arts Council promises to further develop that success story. The relationship between arts and innovation will be uncovered more deeply and in fresh and probably surprising ways.”
Phil Jones, Managing Director of Wired Sussex, said: “This is a really exciting project. It provides creative and digital businesses with access to Gatwick Airport to develop and trial new products and services and support from the University of Brighton and Wired Sussex to resource that process.
“I have always believed in the power of arts and culture to enable true, challenging innovation to happen so I am particularly pleased that, as part of this project, the Universities of Brighton & Sussex will be following up their Fuse research to examine how that process happens and that Lighthouse Arts will be contributing their unique expertise too.”
(DRIVA stands for Digital Research & Innovation Value Accelerator)