The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has announced two new partnership opportunities with their Chinese counterparts.
The joint ventures were announced at the UK-China Collaborations in the Creative Industries workshop which took place in Shanghai earlier this week.
The first is a new funding programme that will encourage people to support partnership-building and dialogue with the aim of engaging in larger collaborative research and development projects.
The second will be a major research-industry £5 million partnership between the UK and China to boost the creative industries. The partnership is between AHRC, UK Research and Innovation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK, the Shanghai Theatre Academy, and the Shanghai Economic and Information Technology Commission.
The workshop brought together 80 academic and industry experts from the UK and China including researchers, creative intermediaries and creative businesses.
Future initiatives developed by the workshop will focus on four areas: screen industries, the enhancement of performing arts through mixed reality experiences, gaming, and creative design.
Back at the beginning of the year, Theresa May announced greater collaboration on creative and cultural matters between the UK and China.
It was thought that this cultural collaboration would bring almost £300 million to the creative sector.
The deal would see popular ITV shows such as Poldark and Mr Selfridge brought to Chinese tv screens, British theme park company Merlin would establish two new theme parks, and in 2019 Legoland would make its way to Beijing.
She said: “Both the UK and China have rich and distinctive cultures of which we are rightly proud. Today’s agreements mean we will work even more closely together, collaborating on film festivals, theme parks, architecture, history and much more.
“These deals underline the strength of the UK’s creative industries and will generate hundreds of millions of pounds of investment, creating opportunities across the UK.
“By sharing our history and culture we will also deepen the strong ties between our two peoples.”