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Reflections on 2023 & Looking forward to 2024

December 18, 20234 minute read
Image of pine cone & text End of year wrap up from CCIS

CCIS was established in January this year as a consolidation and expansion of three existing and established Skillnet Business Networks (Animation Skillnet established in 2013, Screen Skillnet established in 2019, and Immersive Technologies Skillnet established in 2020) with a wider remit to support the following creative sectors: Animation, Visual Effects, Games, Film, TV, Documentary, Post-Production, Immersive Technologies, AR/VR, Virtual Production, Digital Media, Entertainment Events, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts.

We officially launched our new network Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet in May, at the MOLI (Museum of Literature Ireland) as part of the launch of the EU Year of Skills with Minister Simon Harris & some special industry guests.

CCIS Launch in MOLI

Pictured Left to Right: Emmet O’Neill (StoryToys), Eimear Noone (Conductor & Composer), Catherine Roycroft (Cartoon Saloon), Sheila De Courcy (Writer & Media Consultant), Gareth Lee (CCIS) & Deborah Doherty (Windmill Lane).

Since then, it’s been a hectic year for CCIS with some of our 2023 achievements including the following:

  • Throughout the year, CCIS delivered over 100 activities (training courses, events, research reports, and resources) to support the ongoing development of the sector.
  • In 2023, our training courses reached over 300 companies (SMEs and sole traders) and engaged over 1,000 participants from across the creative industries.
  • We collaborated with a number of third level providers to offer relevant certified programmes for the sector including programmes with NCAD, IADT, Trinity College, NUI Maynooth and Creative Futures Academy.
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EU Year of Skills & Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet Launch in MOLI, May 2023.

Pictured Left to Right: CEO Skillnet Ireland, Paul Healy, Composer / Conductor Eimear Noone with Minister Simon Harris, Department of Further and Higher Education Research Innovation & Science.

  • We delivered a new key industry event for the creative sectors called ‘Culture Crush’ in November that focused on the intersection of creativity and technology, and that attracted over 20 high profile speakers and over 300 professional attendees – Highlights from Culture Crush.
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Sharon Mannion -MC at ‘Culture Crush’
Dagogo Hart Spoken Word Performance at Culture Crush

Culture Crush PanelCreative Ireland on the Global Stage

Pictured Left to right: Darragh O Connell (Brown Bag Films), Caoimhe Doyle (Foley Artist), John Kennedy (Windmill Lane), Gilly Fogg (Lighthouse Studios) & Diarmuid Goggins (Film & TV Director).

2023 was a great start for the network, and we’re already in planning mode and looking forward to a busy 2024. Some planned activities for 2024 include:

  • The publication of a new ‘Framework for Growth’ for the Immersive Technology sector in Ireland working with Eirmersive (Q1 2024).
  • The launch of a new ‘Sustainability Toolkit’ for the creative industries working with Native Events (Q2 2024).
  • The publication of a ‘Skills Gap Report for the Arts & Culture Sector’ working with Counterculture (Q2 2024).
  • The launch of a new ‘Online Learning and Innovation’ platform for the creative industries working with the Learning Rooms (Q4 2024).
  • The next evolution of our Culture Crush event (Q4 2024).
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Outside view of the ‘Culture Crush’ Arts Venue in Dublin City Centre ‘The Complex‘.

  • The ongoing roll out of a suite of continuous professional development programmes to support the sector, to include flagship programmes like Future Edge and Creative Leaders, as well as access/bridging programmes to support first steps into the sector for recent graduates, including our Graduate Traineeship programme (Ongoing Throughout 2024).
  • CCIS will continue to collaborate with third level providers on a range of certified programmes, including micro-credentials and the developing area of RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).
  • CCIS will continue to expand into new areas across the cultural and creative sectors including events, music, visual arts and performing arts
Furthr Guests at the CCIS launch in MOLI

Guests attending our official launch in MOLI, May 2023 as Furthr the promoter of CCIS.

Pictured Left to right: John Phelan & Martin Murray from FURTHR.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our funders, our supporters, our promoter Furthr, our industry Steering Group, our sectoral Working Groups and all those from the creative and cultural sectors who supported us and engaged with us throughout the year.

The cultural and creative sectors in Ireland continue to make their mark on the global stage through creative excellence. It’s great to be able to support this amazing sector through the work we do at Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet.

Happy Christmas to all, and here’s to a great 2024!

The CCIS Team

Festive Greetings from the team at CCIS. Pictured seasonal image with pine cones
Festive Greetings from all of the team at CCIS.

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