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Creative Economy

Creative Industries was a term coined by the UK and its original definition formulated by the UK government in 1998 was ‘those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have the potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property.’

With the intention to map the UK’s creative industries, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had identified 13 creative sectors of economic and cultural activity that conformed to this definition. It included advertising, architecture, the art and antiques market, crafts, design, designer fashion, film, interactive leisure software, music, the performing arts, publishing, software and computer services, television and radio.

The creative industries are an expression of cultural as much as economic value. In addition to their ‘exchange value’, (which is how goods and services find the price level in the market), and their ‘functional value’ (determined by their use in real life), most products and services of the creative industries have ‘expressive value’, a measure of their cultural significance that may bear little relationship to how much they cost to make or how useful they are. This additional value may be of little consequence or long-term significance or it may be an expression of profound cultural importance but it is one of the key elements that differentiate the creative industries.

Many a times the aim to protect and promote particular aspects of the national culture, is not for their direct economic significance but as a means of projecting a clear and positive image internationally – what has been called the projection of ‘soft power’ (Introductory Guide to the Creative Industries).

The term creative economy first appeared in 2001 in the John Howkins’ book The Creative Economy: How People Make Money From Ideas According to him, “creativity is not new and neither is economics, but what is new is the nature and the extent of the relationship between them and how they combine to create extraordinary value and wealth”.

There is no unique definition of the creative economy. It is a subjective concept that is still being shaped. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development adopts the following definition of the creative economy

  • The creative economy is an evolving concept based on creative assets potentially generating economic growth and development;
  • It can foster income generation, job creation and export earnings while promoting social inclusion, cultural diversity and human development;
  • It embraces economic, cultural and social aspects interacting with technology, intellectual property and tourism objectives;
  • It is a set of knowledge-based economic activities with a development dimension and cross-cutting linkages at macro and micro levels to the overall economy;
  • At the heart of the creative economy are the creative industries.


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Art Connections 2011

The stunning exhibition by Anish Kapoor that opened in New Delhi and Mumbai just a few weeks ago started a new chapter in the relationship between the UK and India in visual arts, underpinned by the new Cultural Agreement between our two countries that was signed in July.
During January, inspired by the amazing gathering that is the India Art Summit, the British Council is working with a huge range of partners to cement that relationship and bringing artists, curators, visual arts producers and policy-makers together, to exchange perspectives and ideas about where this cultural partnership should go next.
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Rob Lynes
Director, British Council, India


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18 January

Dialogues on Curating Part II
at India International Centre
10.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
IIC Annexe Lecture Hall (by registration)

Journeys: Four Generations of Indian Artists in Their Own Words
at British Council
Book Launch & Panel Discussion
6.30 – 9.00 p.m.
Theatre (by invitation only)

The Edinburgh Festival in India
at British Council
Presentations & Lunch
11 am – 12.30 p.m.
Theatre (by registration)

19 January

Dialogues on Curating Part II
at India International Centre
10.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
IIC Annexe Lecture Hall (by registration)

One Sky Project
at British Council
6.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Charbagh (by invitation)
Joint reception for The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK and the delegates of the One Sky Project
19 – 29 January, 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Queen’s Gallery (open to all)

20 January

The ŠKODA Prize for Indian Contemporary Art
at Goethe-Institut
Exhibition Preview
11.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Siddhartha Hall, Max Muller Bhavan (by invitation only)

The exhibition is open to all from 21 – 23 January.

VIP Preview
3.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Pragati Maidan (IAS VIP pass holders)

21 January

Breakfast reception
at National Gallery of Modern Art
9.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
(IAS VIP pass holders)

Otolith Exhibition
at Seven Art Ltd Gallery
9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
(IAS VIP pass holders)

Indian art on the international art circuit
at India Art Summit
Panel discussion
3.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Pragati Maidan (by registration)

Speakers amongst others include
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes & Director of International
Projects, Serpentine Gallery
Nina Miall, Director, Haunch of Venison

The ŠKODA Prize for Indian Contemporary Art
at Taj Palace Hotel (by invitation only)
7.30 p.m.
Winner announcement

22 January

Anish Kapoor in conversation with Homi Bhabha
at India Art Summit
12.00 noon – 1.30 p.m.
Pragati Maidan (by registration)

Anish Kapoor, Artist
Homi Bhabha, Professor and Director, Humanities Centre, Harvard University

The Khoj Marathon by Hans Ulrich Obrist
at Lodi Garden Restaurant
A series of Public conversations
1.45 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.
Courtyard (open to all)

23 January

Shifting cultural contexts and the role of the Museum
at India Art Summit
Panel discussion
11 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Pragati Maidan (by registration)
Speaker amongst others include
Sheena Wagstaff, Chief Curator, Tate Modern


Anish Kapoor
at National Gallery of Modern Art
28 November 2010 – 27 February 2011
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thursday until 8 p.m.
Closed on Mondays (open to all)

at Pragati Maidan Metro Station
By London Transport Museum

at British Council
By Vishal K Dar
17 – 23 January

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