A Research Initiative of the University of Ulster and Queen's University Belfast

CXNI is a creative knowledge exchange initiative run by the University of Ulster and Queen's University Belfast, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The remit of CXNI is to explore the structures and dynamics that enable and inhibit connections between people, place, and technology in Northern Ireland. It supports the region’s ecology of creative networks, clusters, and hubs through research-led facilitation and interactions, with a specific focus on solo and micro creative practitioners and the ways they are interfacing with academic researchers.

Our investigations of the catalysts for creative collaboration in Northern Ireland have centred on seven case studies. These projects responded to our call to study initiatives that were actively testing the boundaries of academic and practice-based collaborations. They became involved in CXNI’s research with the knowledge that the collaborative aspects of their projects would be critiqued for the purposes of identifying emergent challenges and opportunities in the region.