About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

This was the inaugural Nesta Creative Economy symposium, bringing together practitioners, researchers, creators and policymakers from across the creative economy to unite, think differently, and explore a future built together.

What are the biggest challenges the creative economy is facing? From Brexit to diversity, and technology to heritage, we want to invite you to imagine a future where academics, practitioners and policy makers work together to transform the creative economy.

Bristol is a fast moving city full of imagination and in the last decade it has become a well established cultural hub employing 16,670 people in the creative industries across 4,375 creative businesses (Creative Nation, 2018). We’ve chosen to assemble in this growing city which is home to a variety of diverse communities and cultural projects, and is currently going through a period of change, attempting to address challenges facing the creative economy and the wider public. Situated on the historic Harbourside, M Shed questions the traditional idea of a museum, using the stories of the past to spark discussions about the future.