Creative North East Innovation Cluster

The North East is a hub of creativity, and we’re looking to drive innovation in this sector across the region through a collaboration with Seven Stories.

Seven Stories

Seven Stories is The National Centre for Children’s Books, the only museum dedicated to saving, celebrating and sharing Britain’s rich history of children’s literature.

Seven Stories welcomes over 55,000 visitors to its museum each year; has a collection of over 1 million drafts, notebooks, manuscripts, illustrations, and dummy books; and touring exhibitions which have been seen by 2 million people across the UK.

The arts and culture industry contributes £10.8billion a year to the UK economy. Seven Stories’ Catalysing Innovation programme aims to create and facilitate opportunities between arts organisations, the wider creative and cultural industries, and beyond, to develop innovative and creative new products, services and processes.

This takes shape across three key areas of activity:

  • Sharing creative innovation best practice with SMEs through innovation showcases and skill sharing events.
  • Innovation challenges which bring together multiple sectors to address a specific challenge or need.
  • One to one support for SMEs from any industry looking to create new products, services, or processes with/for the arts and culture industry.