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Creative corridors

Creative corridors

Creative industries driving regenerative change

Working with Creative PEC and Arts Council England the RSA is bringing together leaders across regions in the UK to grow the impact of the creative industries, and creativity in industry.

The Northern Creative Corridor

Local leaders across the north of England alongside some of the leading figures in the creative industries, have come together to commit to developing a ‘Northern Creative Corridor’ (NCC).

Our work will be supported by a charter, which sets out the areas where local and sector leaders will collaborate in developing the NCC, including skills, finance, innovation, and communication.

Our research shows that we could raise Gross Value Added (GVA) across the region by an additional £10bn each year.

RSA Fellows: get involved

Use the RSA’s Circle community to tell us about your work in the creative industries in the North of England and what you need to grow.


There are pockets of creative genius right across the North of England. Putting together this grand coalition of leaders together will unlock that huge potential.

Chief Executive of the RSA Andy Haldane
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The Northern Creative Corridor Charter

There are 30 founder signatories of the charter, including the mayors in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and the North of Tyne, and sector leaders including Creative UK, North-East Screen, the N8 universities, and Ubisoft, plus the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

Each signatory has committed to making the North of England ‘one of the best regions in the UK for creative industries to thrive’:

We are united in our shared ambition to level up our towns and cities by turbocharging our cultural offer in the North of England.

Mayor of West Yorkshire Combined Authority Tracy Brabin

All the evidence suggests that neighbouring creative clusters can work together to supercharge growth in their creative industries. The scale of the opportunity is huge.

Director of Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre Hasan Bakhshi


From Hull to Liverpool, from Bolton to Berwick, from Leeds to Carlisle, and everywhere in between, the north of England is home to innovative artists, writers, performers and producers who have the power to imagine new possibilities and create new worlds that touch all our lives. The development of a Northern Creative Corridor, with this impressive charter as its backbone, has the potential to harness that creativity and to propel economic growth across the north, benefiting the UK as a whole.

Chief Executive, Arts Council England Darren Henley

Sign the Northern Creative Corridor Charter

Signatories commit to:

  • Provide in-kind staff time and support for at least one working group
  • Seek out opportunities for partnerships or investments to support the creation of the corridor
  • Contribute to the administration and development of the corridor
  • Support at least one cross-regional initiative in 2024

We are committing to putting the full weight of the creative industries behind the Northern growth agenda – with jobs, skills, investment, and innovation as the prize.

BBC Director-General Tim Davie
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We know great things happen when creative industries work together, and the Northern Creative Corridor means the region can benefit from new opportunities and investment.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport The Rt Hon Lucy Frazer

Next steps

We’re hosting a series of workshops in January and February 2024, to bring together leaders in policy, business, education, civic society, creative industries, arts, culture, and heritage to co-design and stress-test policy and practice across skills, finance, and innovation, that can help realise creative corridors in the UK. 

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